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Stagecoach invests in new bus route planning technology



Stagecoach has invested in new technology that will help it plan future bus networks and reduce CO2 emissions.

The Perth-based transport group announced a partnership with Optibus to use its technology, which is already used in 450 cities around the world

The rapid scenario creation software will allow planners to create efficient routes and timetables that will help cut the company’s CO2 emissions.

Stagecoach believes the new technology will also help roll-out its new electric vehicles by ensuring charging stations and times are included in the schedules.

Last year, Stagecoach introduced Manchester’s first fleet of electric double-decker buses and it is targeting a zero-emissions bus fleet by 2035.

UK managing director Carla Stockton-Jones said: “As we have seen during the Covid-19 pandemic, we need to be able to respond to changing circumstances quickly and alter timetables and operations delivery to best suit the needs of our customers and communities.

“This major investment will give our planning teams the latest cutting-edge technology to help ensure that timetables can be planned faster and more easily.”

Following pilots later this year, the Optibus platform will be rolled out in a phased approach across various UK regions.

Stagecoach is continuing to make investments to help improve the service it offers customers. Earlier this year, it announced it was to become the first UK bus operator to invest in the national roll-out of new bridge alert technology.

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