Application tracks bus movements and introduces mobile ticketing on the Stagecoach network for the first time
Stagecoach has developed a new app which aims to save passengers time with live bus tracking, improved information and mobile ticketing.
The free app is available on Apple and Android mobile phones and will be introducing mobile ticketing for the first time across all local Stagecoach services in the coming months.
The app features a journey planner tool with interactive maps and GPS to ensure that passengers can easily identify their nearest bus stop and the available fare options.
In addition, thanks to the Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) software installed on the London fleet, passengers will have access to live running times via the app. This will allow users to check their service is running on schedule before leaving for the bus stop.
Stagecoach UK Bus Managing Director, Robert Montgomery, said: “In today’s fast-paced world, time is really precious.
“Our new app will make bus travel easier and give people more time to focus on the other important things in their lives.
“So whether you’re a commuter heading to work, a student going to college, a family getting ready for a day out or you’re meeting retired friends, live bus tracking means you have more time to yourself before leaving for the bus stop.
“Bus travel is changing rapidly. We’ve invested more than £1bn in new greener and more accessible buses over the past 10 years, many with free WiFi. Smart ticketing and the lowest bus fares in Britain also mean there are big reasons to choose the bus.”
He added: “What our new app can’t do is solve the growing problem of road congestion. We need local authorities to take action because faster and more reliable bus journeys, fewer cars, and less pollution is better for everyone in our communities.”