Bus users in Southend, Essex and Thurrock will from this Thursday be able to view up-to-date electronic timetable information at 56 local bus stops.
At other bus stops there are updated paper timetables and the opportunity to use SMS (text messaging) to obtain further details.
Over the coming months, these electronic bus stop signs will also be able to display real time information to let passengers know, for instance, how many minutes it will be before the next bus arrives.
This will be possible once bus operators have completed installing the necessary additional equipment on their vehicles,
The times displayed will alter depending on traffic movement. This will keep residents better informed about the real-time movements of the bus services they use and will help them quickly find out if there are likely to be any delays.
Other future upgrades will include audio announcements from the displays, using the RNIB React 3 system and once live information is received from operators, there will be downloadable phone and web travel information that will be continually updated.
Cllr Tony Cox, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Executive Councillor for Public Protection, Waste and Transport, said: “This upgrade to the system with advanced technologies will bring huge benefits to bus users in Greater Essex”.
“With the ongoing installation of these new systems on buses, live information will enable passengers to plan their travel with greater reliability and convenience.
“Audio announcements at bus stops will also provide extra assistance.”