Electronic bus timetables to make comeback

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Passengers at Lancaster bus station will find life “a lot easier” once again after it was announced that the timetable screen is due to make a return next month.

The electronic information timetable was switched off in December 2011 as part of a cost-saving exercise by Lancashire County Council.

But now Lancaster City Council has said the new screens are on order and due to be installed in May, although the exact date is not yet known.

The council said the new boards come as a result of a piece of work undertaken by the council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the council working in partnership with United Utilities and Lancaster University. United Utilities have funded the screens.

Lancaster city councillor Ian Pattison said: “It is fantastic news for residents and those visiting our district that the new information board will be up soon. It has been a long campaign but a great success for organisations, residents and local authorities working as a collective.”

“Bus drivers have had to pick up the pieces in informing passengers on where to go.

“The information board will make life a lot easier for vulnerable people, working people who commute daily and those visiting our area.”