Edinburgh’s Google public transport tracker a Scottish first

Google Maps. File picture: contributed

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PASSENGERS on Edinburgh Trams and Lothian Buses can now track services on Google Maps, in a Scottish first.

Transport for Edinburgh is working with the technology firm ITO World to provide an overview of where all buses and trams are on the network, giving more accurate arrival times and updates on delays.

Bosses believe it will improve travel options and confidence in public transport in the capital.

Jim McFarlane, chair of Lothian Buses said: “We appreciate just how important it is for our customers to have timely and accurate information and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to work with Google on being the first Scottish city to introduce this service.

“Along with our travel and mobile ticketing apps, and access to free wi-fi across our bus and tram network, this latest innovation underlines our commitment to harness technology that improves our customer service.”

Mike Jacklin, commercial and delivery director at ITO World, said: “We are excited to have partnered with Lothian Buses, the City of Edinburgh Council and Google to bring Edinburgh’s real-time information into Google Maps.

“Providing the travelling public access to accurate, reliable real-time information from their mobile phones through applications such as Google Maps increases confidence in using public transport and improves their travel options.”

How it works

• Live journey planning is now available on Google Maps on desktop and mobile, lothianbuses.com, edinburghtrams.com and the Transport for Edinburgh app for iOS and Android

• When you plan a journey, it takes any delays or diversions into account - and gives you journeys with up-to-the minute ETAs

• If a bus or tram is delayed, you’ll be shown alternate journeys that will get you to your destination quicker