February 17th, 2009
Opens 18th Feb 2009
report courtesy of the Bucks C.C. website
Aylesburys new Travel Information Centre opens
On Wednesday 18th February, Aylesbury’s new Travel Information Centre opens its doors to the public. There are major changes to the Aylesbury bus network starting on the 23rd February and the new Travel Information Centre is the ideal place for travellers to find out about these changes in advance.
Conveniently situated in the town centre next to the library, it will provide Aylesbury residents with information and advice on all forms of travel. The information centre is at the heart of Aylesbury’s new multi million pound public transport hub. Around £14M was paid for by the Community Infrastructure scheme, which is a central government fund awarded to Buckinghamshire County Council as part of the government’s growth area funding.
The Travel Information Centre has already won an award for innovation. It aims to give the public easy access to public transport information and increase awareness about what services are available and alternatives to driving. Real-time information screens will enable passengers to see exactly when their next bus or train is coming just like on the London Underground. A fifth screen will report on the latest road conditions. There are two journey planners and a wide variety of printed information including bus and train timetables, maps, cycling information and much more. The high-tech Video Wall mounted on top of the Centre will also give valuable information about Transportation and other council services.
To start, the centre will be open Mondays to Fridays during office hours. It’ll be manned from 11am-2.30pm giving residents face-to-face customer service. These times will be reviewed after the initial pilot phase which runs until the 1st of April.
Outside of these times the external journey planner will be available for anyone to get the latest travel information.
Deputy leader of the Council, Bill Chapple, will open the kiosk at noon on the 18 February. Representatives from Arriva buses and Chiltern railways will be attending the launch and Buckinghamshire County Council transportation staff will be on hand to assist with residents’ queries and will be handing out great giveaways and travel information.
Cabinet member for transportation Val Letheren said ‘The Travel Information Centre will be a great asset to Aylesbury residents, whatever their preferred method of travel. This is one of the many ways that Buckinghamshire County Council is showing our continued commitment to providing residents with up-to-date travel information to enable them to make the best travel choice for their journey.’