An innovative app that allows Powys bus users instant access to live bus travel information will be launched by the county council at the Royal Welsh Show 2016.
The council, the largest in Wales and covering a quarter of Wales, has teamed up with North Wales based Geosho Ltd who have developed Geotra, an innovative web system to create accurate timetables, manage travel services and publish Apps. The council provides smartphone apps for passengers and drivers including live bus locations, service information and dynamic journey planning tools.
Cabinet Member for Highways, Councillor John Brunt said; “The system means Powys staff will be able to publish transport information to passengers almost instantly via the App. So if a local bus service has to be diverted because of a flooded road or accident, the Geotra system can be updated and a message can be pushed out via the public App.
“Geotra is a complete timetable, journey management and publication system for organisations looking to increase passenger numbers. Users are empowered and engaged via their smartphones and that can only be good news for public transport.”
Geosho Director of Marketing & Business Strategy, Nick Chapallaz said;
“We are really excited to be helping Powys increase the convenience of services and bus user numbers. Powys are leading the way in taking advantage of highly affordable standard smartphone, tablet and web technologies to make a difference for passengers. With mobile part of everyday life, this is now a simple option for any council, operator or business wanting to improve services for passengers.”
The travel app will be launched at the county council’s Twr Brycheiniog building adjacent to the main show ring on Wednesday (July 19) where visitors can see the app in action with a live demonstration.