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E-Paper system gets early approval for A96 bus routes


By David Porter

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Aberdeenshire Council's Infrastructure committee acknowledged the use of delegated powers this week to purchase new bus display equipment.

Papercast's electronic timetable displays are used worldwide.
Papercast's electronic timetable displays are used worldwide.

The Director of Infrastructure Services approved the award of a contract with a value of £101,000 by reason of special urgency for the supply, fitting and maintenance of real time passenger information E-Paper displays.

Members heard that as part of the 2ABZ2 Civitas Portis EU project on collective travel on the Aberdeen to Inverurie A96 corridor it is intended to implement E-paper passenger information displays at eight principal bus stops, four of which are in Aberdeenshire.

This equates to one in Inverurie, two in Kintore and one in Blackburn and a further four in Aberdeen City, two in Broad Street, one at Erskine Street and one at Howes Road.

The electronic displays will be capable of providing real time passenger information, scheduled bus times and other publicity and disruption information such as local events and road closures, all within the one unit.

Councillors heard that the consequences of not treating this matter as one of special urgency would have resulted in additional Nestrans funds - which provided the project with the opportunity to procure a more versatile and robust product - expiring on March 31.


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