New information system on the buses

Left to right - Provost Hamish Vernal, infrastructure services committee vice-chair Councillor Stephen Smith; and infrastructure services committee chair Councillor David Aitchison.
Left to right - Provost Hamish Vernal, infrastructure services committee vice-chair Councillor Stephen Smith; and infrastructure services committee chair Councillor David Aitchison.

A new bus information system has been launched in the North-east to assist passengers and make public transport a more attractive option.

The new Real Time Passenger Information (RTPI) system being introduced across Aberdeenshire means bus users can see the actual time buses will arrive at stops, rather than their scheduled arrival.

By providing real time departure information we hope to enhance the service

Hamish Vernal Aberdeenshire Provost

With more accurate and reliable information on bus times, customers will be able to make more informed choices about their travel plans.

The system can be accessed by a mobile phone app and online, so passengers can make decisions while on the move or before heading off to the bus stop.

Passengers at any Aberdeenshire bus stop with a timetable case will also be able to use an enabled smartphone to scan the Quick Response (QR) “tag” to access the information.

Accurate times will also be displayed on the Council’s electronic departure information screens, located at principal bus stops across Aberdeenshire.

Providing real time travel information is a key objective in Aberdeenshire Council’s Bus Information Strategy.

Aberdeenshire Provost Councillor Hamish Vernal said: “I am delighted that Aberdeenshire residents now have access to higher quality bus information than has ever existed before,

“By providing real time departure information we hope to enhance the service provided to our existing customers and improve the perception of public transport among non-bus users to hopefully encourage greater use of the bus service.”

Bus services operated by other companies in the North-east will also show real time departures using Aberdeenshire Council’s vehicle tracking system.