New interactive kiosks bring further improvements for borough bus users
The first of two interactive kiosks offering local residents and
bus users live bus information, maps and travel planning tools has
now been installed.
The kiosk has been installed at Bedford Hospital, near the
Bedford Road reception area and also provides up to the minute
local news, weather and a full range of Council web pages. A second
kiosk will shortly be installed in the Harpur Centre.
The kiosks have been paid for by using some of the £218,000 the
Council successfully bid for from the Department for Transport’s
Better Bus Areas Fund in 2012.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “At a time when
many other local authorities are cutting bus services in their
communities we have been protecting and improving them and the
introduction of these new kiosks are more good news for bus
“The kiosk at Bedford Hospital and subsequently in the town
centre will provide up to the minute information on bus services,
maps and travel planning tools to make it even easier to travel
around the borough.
“They are also good news for all local residents as they will
also provide the latest news and weather as well as access to
council services and information too.
“The work we’re doing through the Better Bus Area Fund is
delivering real improvements and the introduction of these new
interactive kiosks will further enhance services for bus users and
Other elements of the “Better Bus” initiative include bus
prioritisation at traffic lights in certain areas to improve
punctuality, Real Time Passenger Information (RTPI) available more
widely at bus shelters throughout the borough and the upcoming
introduction of smart ticketing.
The Better Bus Area Fund was launched in 2011 and provides funding
to support local authorities working in partnership with local bus
operators. The aim of the fund is to increase bus patronage in busy
urban areas, and the Department of Transport's aims of creating
growth and cutting carbon.