The Real Time Information System was set up in 2002 in partnership with local bus operators. The system is jointly funded with the Council paying for the main infrastructure and the on-street signs and the bus operators paying for all of the on bus equipment and depot equipment. East Sussex County Council joined the partnership in 2006. Since the system was introduced in 2002 it is estimated that bus passenger numbers have been increasing by up to 5% each year. Our real time information has won various industry awards since its inception.
There are approximately 180 real time signs in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex. 42 of the real time signs are fitted with a React Unit which enables blind and partially sighted to access information by use of a key fob which ‘speaks’ the information displayed on the sign. There is also a website, IPhone application and a text service which allows real time information to be sent to a mobile phone.
The Real Time System provides up-to-date information to bus passengers but is also used by the bus companies as a fleet management tool which helps controllers manage disrupted services and helps identify trends and problems. The controllers can also type messages which are displayed on the on-street signs informing passengers of disruption and delays. Historical data enables schedules to be adjusted to reflect actual traffic conditions as they evolve. The bus operators revise their timetables twice a year and every change includes some adjustments to timings based upon data from the Real Time System.
New real time signs are paid for through new developments within the City or Local Transport Plan initiatives.
We are currently procuring a new Real Time Contract to maintain the system and upgrade to GPRS to improve efficiency.
While diesel/petrol create carbon from the tailpipe, electric cars use national grid electricity which has a lower carbon intensity. Electric vehicles typically offer 50% greenhouse gas savings based on the UK grid mix compared with the combustion engine equivalent.
This grid mix is also reducing over the years and the UK has a carbon target of 50% reduction by 2023-27 so electric vehicles create less carbon year on year. Electric vehicles are also fully renewables ready - fit a solar panel and you can charge from this - zero carbon - on a sunny day at least!
The European Cycle Logistics Federation have a wealth of experience in delivering door to door travel and logistics. Several of their members contract to central and local government for collection and delivery, and even putting up statutory notices on street furniture. Cargo bikes are even used by the NHS to transport donor organs on the final link of a multi modal journey. Perhaps the most eye-catching for medical use are the ones with cryogenic cargo containers carrying sperm bank donations in Copenhagen.
Have you contacted London Green Cycles or Carryme – both promoting the use and supply of cargo bikes.