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Corrected figures for Real Time Passenger Information on buses
11:19am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
FOLLOWING yesterday’s story about money spent on buses in Weymouth we would like to clarify information relating to the figures.
The money spent on the scheme to fit First buses with Real Time Passenger Information (RTPI) was £296,000.
It comes after £5.05million was secured from the Department of Transport to improve local bus service infrastructure in Weymouth and Portland in time for the 2012 Olympic sailing events.
Of this, £3.7million was invested in the RTPI system, where the majority of the money was spent on screens for 132 bus stops, electrical connections and other costs related to the scheme.
We would like to clarify that £5million was not wasted by the county council as the majority of this equipment is still in place.
A total of 67 First buses were initially fitted with RTPI equipment, costing £296,000.
However, 18 of these buses were removed from the county by the bus company following the Games and the equipment was removed.
Weymouth will now have 13 First buses running without the equipment but it is planned to re-fit these with RTPI.
Hilary Cox, Dorset County Council Cabinet member for environment, said: “Unfortunately, the First bus company decided to take some of these vehicles out of Weymouth, which means the public are not getting the full benefits of the RTPI system.
“We are currently in talks with First to resolve this issue.
“The county council has invested a huge amount of resource to provide Weymouth and Portland with better bus shelters, bus stops and equipment, all with the aim of giving local residents and visitors much more efficient and user-friendly public transport.
“In order to complete the scheme, we need the full support of the bus companies to make this happen.”
We would like to apologise for the errors in yesterday’s report.