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Stagecoach invests in ticket to innovation

Investment in a technological transformation will help Stagecoach plan its bus networks as it looks to adapt to changed travel habits in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Britain's biggest bus operator, which covers routes throughout Gloucestershire, is introducing the Optibus software platform which uses artificial intelligence, advanced algorithms and cloud computing to deliver smarter timetables.

Optibus' rapid scenario creation will allow planners to identify different options for the most efficient and effective delivery of routes and timetables and quickly see the impact of any changes, enabling decisions to be made that continue to put the customer first.

UK managing director Carla Stockton-Jones said: "With our 40-year history of delivering innovation, it is crucial we continue investing in the latest technology to provide the best services for our customers and to help attract new customers.

"As we have seen during the Covid-19 pandemic, we need to be able to respond to changing circumstances quickly and alter timetables and operations delivery to best suit the needs of our customers and communities.

"This major investment will give our planning teams the latest cutting-edge technology to help ensure that timetables can be planned faster and more easily."

Following pilots later this year, the Optibus platform will then be rolled out in a phased approach across the regions.

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