Bus operator Stagecoach West is making public transport more accessible for visually and hearing-impaired people in Cheltenham, thanks to new audio-visual announcements on its buses.
Cheltenham town centre routes will now have audio-visual technology to announce the next stop on screens and via audio, on board its 14 new state-of-the-art buses.
It’s the first time the technology has been used on buses in Gloucestershire after Stagecoach West worked with Gloucestershire Sight Loss Council to make sure the new announcements worked for people who are blind or partially sighted.
Managing Director of Stagecoach West, Rupert Cox, said: ‘We want to ensure that every customer can travel with us and do so with confidence. The introduction of the 14 new buses to our Cheltenham network marks the next stage of innovation at Stagecoach West and our continued commitment to serving our community.
‘We hope that the new audio-visual announcements will make our buses more accessible than ever and offer vital peace-of-mind to those who need it most.’
Engagement Manager for Gloucestershire Sight Loss Council, Alun Davies, said: ‘We have been delighted to work with Stagecoach West and our blind and partially sighted members have highly valued the opportunity to provide feedback on the new audio-visual announcements.
‘The Gloucestershire Sight Loss Council members are passionate about collaborating with local service providers and decision makers to make meaningful change. Our work with Stagecoach West is a shining example of what can be achieved.’
Cheltenham’s new buses will also have modern new interiors with USB charging points next to every seat, along with low emission engines and start-stop technology.
For more information, visit stagecoachbus.com.
Follow SoGlos on Facebook for the very latest Gloucestershire news stories.
Tuesday 11 August 2020
The Hollies specialist dementia centre in Dursely in Gloucestershire is creating 60 jobs after a £4 million-plus investment.
Conservation work will begin on two beautifully carved stone fragments discovered in Gloucester in 2019.
Cheltenham Literature Festival has made its 2020 programme of family and schools events available online, giving teachers,...
Gloucestershire engineering giant Renishaw has unveiled scores of new graduate traineeships, apprenticeships and placements...
Third time around, tuck into a tasty takeaway, support local businesses and stay safe at home, with Gloucestershire independent...