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Centro launches public transport apps

New apps have been launched to help passengers plan their journeys, get live updates and to report anti-social behaviour.

The NetNav app allows passengers to plan bus, train and tram journeys via their phone, while the Network West Midlands app offers real time information and locates the nearest transport stops and stations.

Both apps are available for download to Android or iPhone and provide updates on service delays and incidents. The Safer Travel Partnership has also launched the See Something, Say Something app to report anti-social behaviour on public transport.

Centro vice chair, Cllr Kath Hartley, said: “The rise of technology means that more than ever we need to make sure the services we provide meet the demands of modern passengers.

“We’ve been working hard to ensure that we keep looking for ways to make it even easier for people to take public transport and the widespread use of real time information is just one example of this.

“Having up to the minute updates on services and digital help in planning your journeys is really important these days and it is great that people now have this kind of information at their fingertips.

“We will continue to listen to feedback and explore the latest technological opportunities to help us find ways to make transport even easier for our passengers in the future.”

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Nonsuchmike   27/10/2017 at 13:23

These Apps can be great; I have three or four on my phone for local and distance transport around Surrey/S. London, but sometimes they can be up to three minutes late in updating, which is the difference between catching a train or bus and seeing it leave as you turn into a station or first view a bus leaving your stop. Having said that they are an improvement on nothing at all or last season's timetable withering on a weathered signboard. When all stations have electronic real time messaging and electronic readers and barriers, then we can start patting ourselves on the back. But not yet.

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