Stagecoach rolls out new bridge alert technology

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Stagecoach has completed of one of its key safety enhancement projects after rolling out new low bridge detection functionality across its nationwide fleet of double decker buses, equating to more than 4,000 of vehicles.

Undertaken in partnership with GreenRoad, the £4m project has been designed to strengthen the firm’s existing measures in place to prevent bridge strikes and build on its use of the GreenRoad driver safety and fuel efficiency system.

The GreenRoad system uses GPS vehicle location data and mapping services to alert the driver to nearby low bridges. If the technology determines that the bus is heading towards a low bridge, it will sound an in-cab alert, allowing a safe exit route that avoids the bridge.
Carla Stockton-Jones, UK Managing Director of Stagecoach, said: “The project team, in partnership with GreenRoad, have worked incredibly hard to achieve this milestone and I am proud of the this great achievement and the benefits it will provide to our employees and customers.
“It is a great example of the teamwork, dedication and hard work of our people in improving the way we do things so that we can reach our goals of being the nation’s favourite transport provider.

“Everything we do starts with safety: for our customers, our people, pedestrians and other road users. Buses are already one of the safest forms of travel. But every year we invest millions of pounds in training our professional driving team and new technology to make our public transport operations even safer.”

Richard Hemming, Vice President of Customer Success for GreenRoad said: “We are very proud as the pre-eminent provider of advanced driver and vehicle safety solutions to have collaborated with Stagecoach on the development and deployment of our outstanding low bridge solution. This is another example of our commitment to offer industry leading solutions that provide a quantum safety improvement, protecting the general public, reducing risk; ultimately saving lives.”

GPS mapping from GreenRoad will alert the driver if it thinks the bus is approaching a low bridge. RICHARD SHARMAN