The bus stops here: Funding agreed for Midlothian Real Time Passenger Information Systems upgrade

Midlothian Council has secured funding from both the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland to upgrade Real Time Passenger Information Screens at local bus stops across the county. The on-street screens will provide bus users with accurate arrival times and live service updates.   

Upgrades to 24 Real Time Passenger Information Screens will go ahead after the council accepted an award of £178,300 from the Scottish Government’s Bus Partnership Fund. In addition, 13 new Real Time Passenger Information Screens will also be purchased following an award of £101,000 from Transport Scotland’s Community Bus Fund.  

Overall, the funding will cover the upgrading of 37 units, in addition to the 4 units which have already been replaced by the South East of Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran) as part of its region-wide project. This will mean over 90 per cent of Midlothian’s Real Time Passenger Screens will be replaced, leaving a remainder of 3 units to be upgraded in the future.   

The old system of bus information screens is planned to be made obsolete as early as 31 March 2024. 

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Councillor Colin Cassidy said:  “The council is delighted to accept two significant funding awards which will go a long way to modernising the local bus network for residents. 

“This is a major upgrade that will mean passengers can plan their travel with more confidence, being assured that the new on-street screens will provide live and accurate times for buses. These improvements will make bus travel more accessible for Midlothian residents. We welcome this investment in our local bus stops and we look forward to the new screens being installed.” 

Councillors also agreed that the dividend of £175,000 from the Lothian Bus Partnership Fund will be invested in supporting communities which are experiencing gaps in public transport provision.  



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