In what is believed to be a first in Wales, late-running buses in Swansea have been fitted GPS trackers to enable a bus priority scheme to allow them to make up time by having traffic lights turn green as they approach.
The BBC reports that GPS tracks where the buses are with what time they should be at each bus stop and if they are running on time, the lights will operate in their usual sequence but that will change for a late bus.
It says the system has started operating in the city centre and will be expanded to other key routes and quotes First Cymru, which runs services in the city, as saying believes it is the only area in Wales using the system.
“We have the ability to know exactly where our vehicles are minute by minute as the day progresses,” it quotes the firm’s managing director Justin Davies.
“As we collect that data, that’s going to be transmitted into the local authority in Swansea.
“If a bus is running a little bit late, the traffic lights will change to favour the bus to enable its journey to be slightly speeded up and catch up the time.
“Where the bus is running normally the traffic light sequence will be absolutely as it is.”