Public transport boost for North-east

​Public transport in the North-east has been given a technology boost.

Aberdeenshire Council’s transportation team is driving ahead with technological innovations and projects across the region to improve public transport information for everyone.

A number of schemes have been introduced or are in development to enhance the experience for tourists, residents and business travellers alike.

A Real Time Passenger Information system, on-bus information and roadside display improvements using new technology are all being introduced or developed.

An agreement has also been reached with First Aberdeen and Stagecoach Bluebird to maintain roadside timetable displays in Aberdeen City.

It means the council will have responsibility for timetable displays at around 1,200 more bus-stops in the North-east.

It already has over 1,200 displays at bus stops in the area, which covers around 80% of the authority’s bus stops.

The local authority’s infrastructure services committee chairman, Peter Argyle, said: “We are seeking to provide a consistent, uniform and high standard of bus stop information displays across City and Shire, following a request from bus operators.

“Rolling out the expertise we’ve gained in Aberdeenshire across the area should help those travelling within the city bounds to plan and make journeys more effectively and with more confidence.

“Through the use of technology and by speaking to passengers and consulting with them on transportation issues.

“We hope public transport is an increasingly attractive option for those who don’t use it, and easier and more accessible for those who do.”

The projects link to the council’s Bus Information Strategy, which highlights the importance of the availability and quality of public transport information to the public.