Public transport investment makes bus journeys easier

15:44, Wednesday, 25th October 2023

New digital bus timetable screens have been installed across Scunthorpe to make it simpler for passengers to check route information.

As part of wider plans to improve public transport infrastructure across North Lincolnshire, £40,000 has been invested in the digital screens.

The locations of the first phase include a large screen at Scunthorpe bus station, two at Scunthorpe General Hospital (Cliff Gardens side) and two on Broadway in Ashby. Bus shelters were refurbished where necessary to ensure the screens are in prime locations.

Real-time information on bus arrivals and departures can be found on the screens. Passengers will be able to see exactly when the bus is due to arrive and when the next one will be, making it easier to plan ahead.

Cllr Tim Mitchell, cabinet member for connectivity, said:

“Many people in North Lincolnshire rely on public transport everyday to get them to work, appointments, school and leisure activities, therefore it is vital the right infrastructure is in place to make it reliable. The digital screens will make it much easier for people to get the most up-to-date information on bus arrival and departures.

“We have focussed on making sure the infrastructure is in place to encourage people to use more sustainable transport options – switching from the car to public transport or walking or cycling has many benefits, both for the environment and for people’s own health and wellbeing.

“We are committed to the continuous improvement of bus transport across North Lincolnshire, to using taxpayers’ money wisely to provide services which the market cannot sustain and ensuring passengers are part of developing the experience going forward.”

This follows a pledge made by bus operators across North Lincolnshire in August to carry out a raft of improvements to bus journeys – designed to ensure the best possible experience for passengers.

The council, Stagecoach, Hornsby Travel and East Yorkshire Buses signed a charter which commits to provide routes to key communities, to fair and transparent ticketing, and people travelling in comfort and safety on reliable services which are accessible to everyone.