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Soon bus passengers up and down the country should be able to better plan their journey, thanks to a new £4 million fund announced by Buses Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP. The fund will be used to provide a digital platform with live information about the location of buses, aiming to give greater certainty to passengers about when their bus will arrive.
97 per cent of buses are fitted with GPS trackers and the new funding will enable this information to be passed directly to bus passengers. Some major cities already have this service in the form of a mobile app, online service or with live information screens at bus stops, and now people in other areas across the country, including rural and remote areas, will have access to the technology making travelling by bus easier and more convenient.
This is a welcome move to improve local buses and create a more modern bus network, and will help encourage more people to choose the bus. The Government must now look to introduce a national bus investment strategy to ensure each and every community has the chance to use this new platform in the future.