A new information terminal is up and running at a Middlesbrough leisure centre to help users make the most of public transport.
The state-of-the-art information terminal at the Neptune Centre is a legacy of Middlesbrough’s successful Healthy Town initiative, externally funded by the previous government, which encouraged people to eat more healthily, take more exercise and look after the environment.
One theme of the programme aimed to provide innovative transport solutions to improve people’s awareness and encourage use of the local transport network.
The Council’s goal was to make transport more sustainable, encouraging people to integrate walking, cycling and public transport into their daily life.
To ensure people have access to up to date, accurate information, Middlesbrough joined forces with interactive public information specialist RSL to install the company’s high-tech information terminals at key locations across the town.
Users can easily access information to enable them to work out the best route to their destination, from walking and cycling routes to available public transport.
The new terminals are at key transport hubs including Middlesbrough College, Teesside University and the Neptune Centre, and RSL has also taken over maintenance of kiosks at Middlesbrough Bus Station and The James Cook University Hospital.
Simon Fairbank, RSL’s Regional Sales Manager, said: “Middlesbrough Council told us that access to information often acts as a barrier for people wanting to use different methods of transport.
“Our terminals are situated at key locations, which people frequently travel to and from. It is important that these columns contain up-to-date, easily accessible information about the travel options available to the public, in order to remove this barrier.
“We are pleased to be able to support Middlesbrough’s vision to make a wide variety of information accessible to the public which will help shape their future behaviour by encouraging them to be more active by considering different options for their journeys.”
Councillor Nicky Walker, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Transport, said: “It’s important that people take exercise where possible, and we have more people walking, running and cycling than ever before.
“However, public transport is also a more environmentally friendly alternative to the car, and we want to continue encouraging people to use the excellent services available to them.
“Our partnership with RSL will provide long-term benefits for Middlesbrough and its residents by helping them to think through their travel options and make the right choices and as we have used external funding provided by the previous government there is no direct cost to local taxpayers.”