Thanks to the part of the £4.5m funding successfully gained in April (2012) by Transport For South Hampshire from the Department For Transport’s Better Bus Area initiative, all of the Bluestar and Uni-Link single and double deck bus fleet are now equipped with WiFi. Since then, the engineering team at Bluestar’s Barton Park Depot have dedicated over 460 man hours to install the specialist equipment on the 115 buses operated on both networks inSouthamptonand surrounding area.
Councillor Mel Kendal, Chairman of Transport for South Hampshire at Hampshire County Council, congratulated the Barton Park engineering team for ensuring that the benefits of the funding has been so quick to reach customers using the bus services.
“This is good news for the networks bus users. The purpose of the funding is to improve the quality of bus travel. WiFi will make travelling more appealing to the growing majority of passengers who use smartphones and other WiFi equipped technology whilst on the move.”
Ed Wills, Operations Director for Bluestar, and Uni-Link run under contract with theUniversityofSouthampton, said that he believes that the company is the first in the region to fully equip its fleet.
“We welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with Transport for South Hampshire. Technology is changing many aspects of bus travel for the better. It now benefits customers by offering fast communication regarding services across the networks, easier online payment of travel through key cards, and now the ability to work or be entertained whilst travelling in the safety and comfort of one of our modern buses.”