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Contract awarded for the real time bus information network

2:56 pm, Friday, 1st September 2023 - 9 months ago

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North East Lincolnshire Council and its delivery partner, Equans, are happy to announce r2p has been awarded the contract for the Real Time Information (RTI) network.

The RTI network will show live, reliable, and accurate information to bus passengers about their journey and provide reassurance and confidence when travelling by bus.

As part of the new RTI project, the Council is planning to deliver TFT (Thin Film Transistor) display screens at key stops across the network.  The TFT displays operate via a 4G network to ensure a more consistent data connection to reduce the time that screens are not in use.  The screens also include sharper graphics making them more accessible and easier to read for those with sight impairments.

The new system also supports online and app users with more accurate information and will assist with the continued rollout of bus priority measures at traffic signals by identifying when a bus is not running on time. 

By providing a modern local transport network, it is hoped this will boost passenger numbers and encourage people to choose a more sustainable method of transport, which will not only improve air quality and help reduce congestion around the town but will also help local residents connect with people and places that are important to them. 

The new RTI network is one of a number of improvements that are being delivered through a grant of £4.7m  from the Department for Transport’s Bus Service Improvement Plan which was allocated to the Council earlier this year. 

Roads Minister, Richard Holden, said, “People up and down the country deserve a modern, reliable, and affordable public transport system. That is why we have provided North East Lincolnshire Council with £4.7 million to boost its bus services.

Supporting the council with rolling out the new Real Time Information network is fantastic for local residents, who will now benefit from live, reliable, and accurate information on local services so they can get around more easily.”

Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “It’s great to see the borough with new advanced technology, especially on buses, as it’s an essential and sustainable mode of transport for many in the area.”

Jonathan Ford, senior transport officer at Equans, added: “We hope to see a rise in passenger numbers once the new system is in place. The bus service information will be clearer and more accurate and will increase bus passengers’ confidence when travelling with us.”

Further information including key dates on when these upgrades will go live will be shared in due course.

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