Real time passenger information for Cornwall’s busiest bus route
Last updated: 16/04/2013
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Passengers travelling on the number 14 and 18 buses between
Penzance and Truro can now access up to the minute information on
when the next bus is due to arrive.
The Council has invested around £425,000 to install Real Time
Passenger Information (RTPI) displays at 37 bus stops along the
route, which also includes new bus shelters at seven bus stops.
All First Devon and Cornwall buses serving the number 14 and 18
routes have been equipped with technology which links up with the
RTPI displays to give the latest information on how far away the
next bus is.
The first of the displays went live in December with the entire
route expected to be completed within the next few weeks.
The technology has been working well along the Truro Park and
Ride route for the last four years. Customer satisfaction surveys
have shown the RTPI displays are viewed favourably by park and ride
Councillor Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for
Highways and Transportation, said: “When you’re standing at the bus
stop, with this you can just look up and see how much longer you’ve
got to wait – fantastic!”
Robbie Lamerton, General Manager for First Devon and Cornwall
added: “The introduction of these Real Time Passenger Information
displays will be a great asset to public transport in the area. We
hope that by offering customers visible up-to-the-minute
information, especially during congestion and peak times, the
scheme will persuade more people of the ease and convenience of
travelling by bus.”
The RTPI project has been part financed by the European Union
with £125,458 from the European Regional Development Fund 2007-13,
through the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Convergence ERDF Programme
2007-13. The European funding was part of a package of
investment aimed at improving transport infrastructure in the
Camborne, Pool and Redruth area and has augmented the provision of
passenger information along the A3047 route. The remaining
money has come from Cornwall Council’s Local Transport Plan 3.