Electronic bus signs finally fixed

A TEMPORARY fault at the Old Cattle Market bus depot has finally been fixed – after two years.After a series of technical glitches put electronic signs out of action, the problem has been resolved.

A TEMPORARY fault at the Old Cattle Market bus depot has finally been fixed – after two years.

After a series of technical glitches put electronic signs out of action, the problem has been resolved.

The lengthy repair was caused by a number of problems including new timetable information.

The information had to be fully reliable and installed in the new computer database before the signs were fully operational.


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Mitchell Bradshaw, public transport manager for Suffolk County Council who own and operate the terminal said that the problem was prolonged over Christmas while the temporary timetable was in operation.

He said: "If it had been switched on, things could have been complicated if there had been a fault.

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"It was most important to make sure the information was accurate and it should now run on a daily basis."

The system runs automatically but is also connected with council offices so that information can be fed to displays in emergencies such as heavy snowfall or bus breakdowns. The Merry Christmas announcement displayed over the festive season came directly from the council control room.

Mr Bradshaw added: "It has taken a long time and we were hoping to have it ready by the summer.

"We have always had timetable information at the stands – this is just the icing on the cake."

Two display screen have also been installed at the bus station to give details of all routes. Information will also be fed to Traveline – an interactive timetable network which can be accessed over the phone on 0870 608 2 608 or online at www.traveline.org.uk.

The service provides up to date information about public transport.

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