Bus Services: Newcastle upon Tyne

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 24 October 2023.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Shadow Minister (Science, Research and Innovation)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress he has made with bus companies on ensuring that real-time bus information is available to passengers in Newcastle.

Photo of Richard Holden Richard Holden Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Since 7 January 2021, it has been legally required that operators of local bus services across England openly publish their live location data to the Bus Open Data Service. Currently 98% of vehicles are fitted with Automatic Vehicle Location devices.

Third party application developers can access this open data online via the Find Bus Data Service for inclusion in journey planners and applications, helping passengers plan their journey on public transport via their mobile phone or computer.

In the North East, application developers such as Google Maps, Bus Times, Transit and Citymapper have been able to launch their journey planning products which include bus times arrivals utilising data from the Bus Open Data Service and integrates it into multi-modal journey planners to enable passengers to plan their journeys on public transport.

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