Stagecoach Manchester to experiment with audio visual announcements on 23 and 325 services
If you travel by train, tram, or tube, you may be familiar with the sight of audio visual displays on your usual journey. Your friendly LED display might say “Next stop, Cockfosters” or “the next stop is Ashton-under-Lyne where this service terminates”.
In Greater Manchester, only Manchester city centre’s Free Bus services and the Vantage family of routes have some form of real time audio visual prompts. This summer, two more routes will benefit from this addition. Stagecoach Manchester is trialling audio visual announcements on the 23 and 325 routes.
Like similar systems on the London Underground, Metrolink and some rail services, it will speak and display next and final stop information. Its inclusion will improve bus journeys for visually impaired, hard of hearing and deaf passengers. If you are new to Chorlton-cum-Hardy or Brinnington, it will be a boon aboard the 23 or 325 routes.
For casual passengers the lack of real time information on board or at the stop is a stumbling block. Stagecoach Manchester’s new system has GPS data to provide real time announcements. If successful, they may be seen on their 216, 346 and countless other routes operated by Stagecoach from Shirebrook Park in Glossop to the Red Lion in Flixton.
With GPS, your bus departure could be tracked right to the nth second. Previous audio visual systems only displayed stop information on the bus. With the new system, customers could track the whereabouts of their 23 or 325 bus via Stagecoach’s app. If their journey from Brinnington Precinct is running seven minutes late, s/he could leave the house a little later.
Elisabeth Tasker, Stagecoach Manchester’s Managing Director said: “We want to ensure every customer who would like to, or who does, use our services, can travel by Stagecoach bus with complete confidence.
“All customers can also benefit from tracking live bus times via the Stagecoach app as we continue to provide ever improving live travel information to our customers, making bus travel as practical and efficient as it can be.”
You can download the Stagecoach app via the App Store (iOS devices) or Google Play (Android devices).
An EM60 Presentation, 16 May 2019.