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ITS (UK) backs flexible bus technology

ITS (UK) backs flexible bus technology

Lobby group says flexible bus service would offer more efficient mobility ITS (UK) says DRT technology could offer a bright future for bus services. Pictured is a screenshot of the recently launched Stagecoach Connect app   The UK’s Intelligent Transport Society has responded to a government consultation about the future of transport by backing the...
c2c completes rollout of new ticketing system

c2c completes rollout of new ticketing system

New system combines all ticketing operations into single platform     Trenitalia UK has launched a new mobile app for c2c passengers, completing the roll-out of the Pico4UK ticketing system at the Essex train operator. The new app allows passengers to buy tickets and manage their account from their own devices, and will also include...
Omnibus enhances stop information package

Omnibus enhances stop information package

More than 20 individual changes to the software to enable operators to rapidly update their publicity     Tech specialist Omnibus has updated its bus stop and station information display software package to make it easier to use as a result of feedback from customers. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many bus operators...
£350m for first mainline digital railway

£350m for first mainline digital railway

Scheme will see conventional line-side signals replaced     The East Coast Main Line is set to become Britain’s first mainline digital rail link with £350m of new investment to install state-of-the art electronic signalling. The upgrade, between London King’s Cross and Stoke Tunnel in Lincolnshire, will see ETCS Level 2 in-cab signalling installed that...
Zenobe secures £20m for electric bus rollout

Zenobe secures £20m for electric bus rollout

Funding will assist with electric bus expansion     Zenobe Energy, one of the UK’s largest independent owners and operators of battery storage, has secured up to £20m of contracted receivables funding from NatWest Specialist Structured Finance, to support the continued growth of the company. The funding is the first financing arrangement to support electric...
Cityswift secures €2m funding for growth

Cityswift secures €2m funding for growth

Additional funding to accelerate growth in UK & European markets with creation of 25 jobs   Go-Ahead has rolled out Cityswift’s AI-based bus capacity checker technology across its bus operations in the UK   Transport data and tech firm Cityswift has closed a funding round that has raised €2m for the Galway-based firm. It brings...
Advancing mobility with geospatial technologies

Advancing mobility with geospatial technologies

Martí Jofre of Pildo Labs explains how the GALILEO 4 Mobility and ARIADNA projects have sought to demonstrate how GALILEO satellite technology can be used for MaaS schemes     With innovations such as Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and shared mobility like bike- sharing and e-scooters, the urban mobility landscape is evolving faster than...
Arrival reveals plans for electric bus

Arrival reveals plans for electric bus

Electric vehicle startup reveals plans for electric bus     London-based tech firm and electric commercial vehicle manufacturer Arrival has revealed it is working on an electric bus. It claims the zero-emission vehicle will “transform the public transport industry at a time when it is facing its biggest challenges”. In footage released by the company,...
Stagecoach launches 'busy bus' tracker

Stagecoach launches ‘busy bus’ tracker

App will use artificial intelligence to help customers socially distance     Stagecoach is launching a new smartphone “busy bus” indicator to help passengers plan their journeys as services increase across the country. The new feature on the group’s bus app will use extensive data and artificial intelligence to provide a traffic light indicator to...
Go-Ahead Group rolls out 'When to Travel' tool

Go-Ahead Group rolls out ‘When to Travel’ tool

New unique AI based technology will help bus customers plan their travel     The Go-Ahead Group is rolling out its innovative ‘When to Travel’ tool for customers nationwide. Along with social distancing, wearing face coverings, enhanced cleaning and hygiene, it aims to give confidence to use buses as customers return to work and school....
First Aberdeen launches Apply Pay Express Mode

First Aberdeen launches Apply Pay Express Mode

Pilot scheme has been accelerated to make bus travel easier than ever for essential journeys around the city     First Aberdeen has become the first bus operator outside London to offer Express Mode for Apple Pay as a payment method for customers. The plan is to extend this function across all First Bus networks...
Omnibus helps operators react to COVID crisis

Omnibus helps operators react to COVID crisis

New features enable operators to react to coronavirus   Plymouth Citybus has used new features from tech specialist   Software solutions specialist Omnibus has worked with a number of bus operators throughout the coronavirus lockdown to help them react to a rapidly changing situation. It has seen a number of new features rolled out that...