QR code project provides real-time information for Bedford Borough bus users

A mobile phone scanning a QR code

Bedford Borough Council is excited to announce an initiative aimed at enhancing the experience for bus users. QR codes have been placed at bus stops across the borough that allow people to quickly and easily access real-time bus information for all local bus operators.

With just a simple scan of the QR code using a smartphone, users will be instantly connected to a dedicated webpage providing real-time details on up to the next five buses scheduled to arrive at that specific stop. This innovative service not only offers text-based information but also provides an option for users to listen to the real-time updates for those that prefer.

Furthermore, users have the flexibility to save the webpage as a favourite, for future reference, ensuring that they can access live bus timings for that stop anytime, anywhere, as long as they are connected to the internet. This allows bus users to plan their journeys more efficiently and reduces the uncertainty often associated with public transportation.

Councillor Jim Weir, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Highways, and Transport at Bedford Borough Council, said, "We recognise that bus services are under pressure and we continue to review the network, this new initiative will improve accessibility to real-time bus information, making it easier for users to access important service information.

“By harnessing digital technology, we are not only enhancing the daily commute experience but also fostering a more sustainable and connected Bedford Borough."

This initiative underscores Bedford Borough Council's ongoing commitment to leveraging technology to address the evolving needs of residents and visitors. By embracing innovation and collaboration, the Council aims to enhance the overall quality of life and mobility within the borough.

This project has received £20,000 from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-prospectus.