22nd May, 2017

Putting latest travel info at your fingertips

A NEW interactive travel information point has been launched in Worcester – the first of its kind in the UK.

The giant outdoor touch screen device can now be found close to bus stops in the Cathedral Square in a bid to improve access to real-time travel information in the city.

It will provide residents and visitors with live and up-to-date bus and train timetables and the latest traffic news.

The device also provides directions to many of Worcester’s landmarks, as well as car parks and toilets thanks to smart-mapping software. The interactive map connects to various databases on-demand, and is the first deployment of this kind of software in a public kiosk.

Worcestershire County Council is looking to add more of the units at key locations in Worcester over the coming months.

Coun Ken Pollock, cabinet member for Economy Skills and Infrastructure, said:

“Providing access to real-time travel information and live timetables is important to us, and the introduction of this new outdoor information point outside Worcester Cathedral is the next step in ensuring that both residents and visitors alike can access a range of useful information whilst on the go.

“The unit is the very first of its kind in this country, and underlines our commitment to investing in innovation that encourages people to use public transport and reduce congestion on our roads, bringing huge environmental benefits.

“We look forward to adding more information points at key locations in Worcester over the coming months.”

Russ Singleton, Chief Executive for 21st Century, said: “Worcestershire is at the cutting edge of developing platforms that give the public the information they require to easily move around urban spaces and we were delighted to be involved in this project.

“As a first in the UK, it shows the benefits that can be realised from bringing in data from a number of sources and presenting it to the user through an easy-to-use interface.”