BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: UK: England  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
England
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales
Politics
Education
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Tuesday, 8 October, 2002, 19:45 GMT 20:45 UK
Satellite tracking for bus passengers
mobile phone
Passengers can use cellphones to check on buses
A small East Midlands bus company is one of the first in the UK to use a satellite-based text message service to alert passengers.

Kinchbus in Loughborough, Leicestershire, owned by Barton Buses, will offer the service to people who want to know exactly when the next bus will arrive.

Sarah Taylor, of Kinchbus, said: "Passengers can check when their bus is due with their mobile phone, leaving just enough time to get to the bus stop."

The text messaging service is being pioneered in partnership with Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council.

Satellite receivers

Keith Shayshutt, Kinchbus managing director, said: "We're told that we're the first bus company in Britain to offer this service to passengers.

"Others offer timetables by text message, but we're the first to give people 'real' arrival times by using the satellite receivers that are installed on many of our buses."

The alert system will be rolled out on the first route on Wednesday.

Passengers access the service by keying the six letters on each of the 70 bus stops on the five-mile route into their mobile phone and sending it to a message centre.

Within 30 seconds the actual arrival time of the next bus is relayed to them.

The cost to the customer is the usual price of a text message - roughly 12p.


Click here to go to Leicester
See also:

10 Apr 02 | Wales
08 Jul 02 | dot life
15 Aug 00 | Science/Nature
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more England stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more England stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes