Bus travel moves into space age


More than 1,000 bus travellers a day are using a new tracking system to find exactly out when their bus will arrive.

The new live bus tracker has been accessed by more than 80,000 people since it was launched at the end of July by local bus company East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS).

It gives passengers a live countdown on their smart phone or tablet to the moment their bus will arrive - by using the latest state-of-the-art satellite technology.

EYMS chairman and chief executive Peter Shipp believes the bus tracker will be invaluable to passengers this winter.

He said: “Buses can be delayed by factors out of our control, such as wintry weather, roadworks, flooding and roads being blocked by accidents.

“Our new tracker allows passengers waiting at bus stops to check how far away their bus is, and will reassure them that it is on the way.”

The tracker can be used to track each of the company’s 300 buses in real time.

The EYMS website has been developed by Hessle-based web agency Clever4.

An EYMS spokesperson said: “It’s simple to use on smart phones and tablets, as well as PCs, so it’s easy to track your bus whilst you’re on the move.”

To access the free tracking system visit www.eyms.co.uk and click on ‘live tracking’ for instant access.

Regular bus user Alana Ennis said: “I’ve found the tracker really handy and use it regularly on my way to work. The real-time bus information provides an improved and more efficient service, making it easier for people to make travel plans .”