Stagecoach launches new app In wake of social distancing

National bus company Stagecoach, famous locally for it’s ‘Seasider’ coastal services, has launched an app which indicates how busy routes are.

Stagecoach has launched a new app to help people to socially distance.
Stagecoach has launched a new app to help people to socially distance.

The app will use data and artificial intelligence to allow customers to socially distance.

It’s currently being rolled out to iOS and Android, and will be fully available in the coming days.

A traffic light system shows how busy each bus is, green being ‘not too busy’, amber representing ‘quite busy’ and red indicating ‘very busy.’

A traffic light system shows how busy each bus is.

The smartphone app also shows real-time bus status, indicating where exactly it is, the route and estimated arrival times.

Today, Monday, all passengers on buses are to wear face masks under government guidelines.

Carla Stockton-Jones, Interim Managing Director UK for Stagecoach, said: “We are pleased to be welcoming more people back onto our buses as things start to open up around the country.

“We have already put a range of extra measures in place to make sure our customers feel confident in using our services, including strict cleaning regimes and social distancing measures, which we know are the biggest priorities for travellers. The launch of our new busy bus indicator is an extra step to give people an easy, at a glance guide on the best times to travel and to plan their journeys to avoid busier times.

“Buses continue to play a vital role in connecting people with work and leisure facilities. At a time when people across the country are starting to be reunited with friends and family, this investment in new technology will help to ensure that people can be completely prepared and confident in using our services.”