Electronic Displays and Real Time Info

Providing integrated electronic information at over 1,500 transport points across the region

As part of Nottingham City Council's Local Transport Plan and Bus Strategy, one of the primary aims is to encourage smarter travel choices from private transport to public transport and a key to achieving this is the provision of good quality information about public transport alternatives. Within the Public Transport Information Strategy, Real Time was identified as a key element to help passengers make a smart choice when travelling.

Why use real time information?

  • Real Time information removes the uncertainty a passenger feels when waiting at the bus stop, by providing accurate information about the arrival of services at their stop and providing confidence to passengers to make an informed and smart choice to travel by public transport
  • The City Council has currently installed around 1,500 electronic bus stop displays in Nottingham that show either real time or scheduled bus information which are fed live bus data from our three radio transmitter base stations

How it Works

  • Buses are tracked using satellites to pinpoint their location
  • A calculation is made of how long each bus will take to arrive at your stop
  • This data is filtered through to the information source you are using (bus stop/mobile phone etc)

Who manages the real time information?

Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council own and maintain the current 1,500 electronic displays with the City Council managing bus stop displays on behalf of our bus operator and Local Authority partners in Nottinghamshire, Derby, Derbyshire and at East Midlands Airport and manage bus service disruption messages on all regional bus stop displays to provide valuable live information to bus users.

Accessing the Information

The majority of bus services in Nottingham are able to provide real time information on bus stop displays, mobile phone apps and websites. You can access Real Time information via:

  • At the bus stop - We have installed over 1,500 electronic displays throughout the Greater Nottingham area which count down bus arrival times in minutes on real time enabled routes. Useful scheduled times are displayed for non-real time routes
  • By mobile phone - Use the www.nextbuses.mobi website, or download the Nottingham City Transport 'nctbuses' or Trent Barton 'Live' apps
  • On the internet www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk. Enter your start and destination into the boxes to find out what times your bus service runs. If real time information is not yet available for your route the scheduled times will be shown
  • Bus station or key location - Broadmarsh and Victoria Bus Stations both have large multi-line and individual bay displays installed which show a combination of scheduled departure times and real time information where available. Electronic "totem" units have also been installed at the bus stations that show a combination of bus departures, route maps, route branding and service disruption. Interactive software is also to be installed on bus station displays which will allow users to access journey planning, operator, ticketing and other related travel and general information websites

The Future

There are plans to install more real time information points between 2015 and 2017 under a rolling installation programme.

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