Capita has been appointed by Blackburn with Darwen Council to oversee the implementation of the technology aspects of the £40m Pennine Reach project.
The project, which will boost public transport infrastructure between Blackburn with Darwen and Hyndburn in Lancashire, will feature two new bus stations - one in Blackburn and one in Accrington – while improving the bus network by providing faster, more reliable journeys and better information for passengers.
Capita will oversee implementation of real time passenger information (RTPI) through live feeds to display screens which will be located at the new Blackburn and Accrington bus stations, strategic bus stops and key locations around Blackburn and Accrington town centres. The RTPI system incorporates journey planning capability and can support SMART card (cashless) ticketing, which is being considered.
The live data feeds will also be used to provide bus priority at traffic signal controlled junctions on the key routes through improvements in cutting edge integrated Urban Traffic Management Control (UTMC) systems which will see priority given to buses running behind schedule whilst optimising junction capacity.
Capita will also oversee the implementation of an enforcement system in selected public transport priority areas within Blackburn.
As well as combating congestion, improve air quality and deliver sustainable regeneration, Pennine Reach will also promote economic growth by unlocking development sites and improving access to jobs that are created on them; reducing traffic congestion; reducing carbon emissions; and promoting easier travel so that people can travel more efficiently and at an affordable cost.
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