Portsmouth bus stops to get information screen makeover to encourage more people to use public transport

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Brand new information screens are set to be installed at bus stops across the city.

A total of 307 displays will be created and installed over the Portsmouth area to encourage more people to use public transport. Portsmouth City Council is pushing ahead with its Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP), where 95 per cent of stops will have these information screens.

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, cabinet member for transport, said: "We often hear requests for clearer information at bus stops, and I'm excited to share that we're installing screens throughout the city to provide passengers with the details they need for a hassle-free journey. Our aim is to make bus travel accessible and straightforward for everyone."

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson believes new screens will encourage more people in Portsmouth, Gosport, Havant and Fareham to use buses.Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson believes new screens will encourage more people in Portsmouth, Gosport, Havant and Fareham to use buses.
Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson believes new screens will encourage more people in Portsmouth, Gosport, Havant and Fareham to use buses. | Contributed

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The new screens will have a push button on the bus stop which can be pressed for passengers to hear the information displayed on them. PCC said passengers have been asking them for more real time listings on these points. Vix technology, an automation company, is installing the screens throughout the summer. Some will be set up at bus shelters, while others will be on poles.

They will use GPS data to track the buses to give accurate details of when they will arrive. Other information such as weather reports and news updates will also be displayed. Daniel Jacklin, business development manager at Vix Technology, said: "We’re excited about the upcoming partnership with Portsmouth City Council, as we expand our real-time information displays to over 300 more bus stops in the city.

"This expansion, made possible through the BSIP funding, marks a significant milestone in our longstanding collaboration with Portsmouth. Looking forward to enhancing commuter experience and facilitating smoother journeys for all."

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