Huge boost for Edinburgh commuters

Huge boost for Edinburgh commuters

Commuters in Edinburgh are set to receive a major boost from a new partnership between Transport for Edinburgh and Google.

The partnership will see passengers of Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Trams become the first in Scotland to access real-time service information on Google Maps.

Google Maps on desktop and mobile now uses real-time predictions to deliver more accurate directions between any two places in Edinburgh, taking into account delays and diversions, with live updates from every bus and tram in the fleet.

Google Maps has an overview of where all buses and trams are on the network at any one time, and shows expected times of arrival together with relevant service delays.

The same information is fully integrated with the Transport for Edinburgh app and the Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Trams websites.

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.”

The service went live on Tuesday 5 January.