Headlines: April 4th, 2002

The Government is attempting to make buses appeal to a sophisticated generation used to receiving useful information fast.Thousands of bus passengers will get up to the minute information after local authorities have been awarded a share of a 20 million pound fund.

Nineteen so-called ‘real time’ bus schemes across England will take a share in the cash, with West and South Yorkshire winning the biggest fund of 2.5 million.

Other authorties using the money to install latest technology include the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Portsmouth and Reading.

Thousands of passengers will see the installation of electronic signs at bus stops counting down the minutes until the next bus arrives.

The success of such signs in London and other areas led the Government to offer the fund, as part of the Local Transport Plan Settlement of December 2001.

Better bus real time information forms one of the Transport Direct targets – a programme announced in the 10-Year Transport Plan in July 2000 aimed at providing transport information on the Internet.