Bus Wi-Fi’s big success

Swindon Advertiser: Paul Jenkins, the  managing director of Thamesdown Transport, engineering manager Ken Hawkins and Claire Fleming, the travel plan officer for Swindon Travel Choices Paul Jenkins, the managing director of Thamesdown Transport, engineering manager Ken Hawkins and Claire Fleming, the travel plan officer for Swindon Travel Choices

WI-FI on the go has been rolled out to two more bus services in Swindon following the success of an initial trial run.

Thamesdown Transport and Swindon Travel Choices have launched phase two of their Wi-Fi project, extending free internet to services 11, from Haydon Wick to Pinehurst, and 12, which travels between St Andrew’s Ridge and the Great Western Hospital.

The scheme was introduced back in May on a number of buses on the number 15 route, which runs from East Wichel and through to Haydon Wick.

Passengers were then consulted on their views and experiences to ensure that the system was performing well.

Around 900 Wi-Fi users completed the survey, with 91 per cent rating the scheme as either excellent or very good.

A total of 83 per cent also said that it had encouraged them to use the bus more often. Thamesdown and Swindon Travel Choices, funded by Swindon Council, have now taken steps to widen it across the whole bus network.

Paul Jenkins, Thames-down managing director, said: “The Wi-Fi project has been very well received by the bus passengers of Swindon.

“Bus travel around the town is easy and, by having a reliable Wi-Fi service, people can make the most of their time, whether they are commuting or travelling for leisure, to look at emails and catch up with their friends online."

The majority of passengers were found to use Wi-Fi to access social media.

The system also allows them to download small amounts of data or check their emails. Commuters do not have to sign up or enter a password to access the network – just tick a box on their screen to agree to conditions of use.

Coun Keith Williams, Swindon Council's cabinet member for High-ways, Strategic Transport and Leisure, added: “It is good news that Wi-Fi on Thames-down Service 15 is proving so popular.

“The funding the council has received to support the launch of the service, via Swindon Travel Choices, on other routes will hopefully support the increased use of buses throughout Swindon.”

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4:25pm Sat 21 Dec 13

moonshine50 says...

Funded by Swindon Council ? More like funded by fare payers who don't have the correct money and don't get given the change !!! Not everyone uses the bus regular enough to warrant buying day, weekly and monthly tickets. So if you want the last bus home on a cold dark wet night and you only have a twenty pound note it's either walk or fund the coffers of Thamesdown Transport, disgraceful !!
Funded by Swindon Council ? More like funded by fare payers who don't have the correct money and don't get given the change !!! Not everyone uses the bus regular enough to warrant buying day, weekly and monthly tickets. So if you want the last bus home on a cold dark wet night and you only have a twenty pound note it's either walk or fund the coffers of Thamesdown Transport, disgraceful !! moonshine50

4:58pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Fox in Exile says...

A reliable service and trained drivers would be a lot better than free wifi. I had the misfortune to use a bus from Haydon Wick to town last week. The Bus was 10 minutes late and the driver had two speeds 25 and stop but went from one to the other as fast as he could. Smooth acceleration and braking no existent
A reliable service and trained drivers would be a lot better than free wifi. I had the misfortune to use a bus from Haydon Wick to town last week. The Bus was 10 minutes late and the driver had two speeds 25 and stop but went from one to the other as fast as he could. Smooth acceleration and braking no existent Fox in Exile

9:15pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Phantom Poster says...

moonshine50 wrote:
Funded by Swindon Council ? More like funded by fare payers who don't have the correct money and don't get given the change !!! Not everyone uses the bus regular enough to warrant buying day, weekly and monthly tickets. So if you want the last bus home on a cold dark wet night and you only have a twenty pound note it's either walk or fund the coffers of Thamesdown Transport, disgraceful !!
Oh wake up and smell the coffee! Where I come from they introduced exact change about 30 years ago. There are advantages and disadvantages to it. If you've got £20 burning a hole in your pocket then just get a taxi! Problem solved!
[quote][p][bold]moonshine50[/bold] wrote: Funded by Swindon Council ? More like funded by fare payers who don't have the correct money and don't get given the change !!! Not everyone uses the bus regular enough to warrant buying day, weekly and monthly tickets. So if you want the last bus home on a cold dark wet night and you only have a twenty pound note it's either walk or fund the coffers of Thamesdown Transport, disgraceful !![/p][/quote]Oh wake up and smell the coffee! Where I come from they introduced exact change about 30 years ago. There are advantages and disadvantages to it. If you've got £20 burning a hole in your pocket then just get a taxi! Problem solved! Phantom Poster

3:34pm Sun 22 Dec 13

knittynora says...

I rely totally on the buses to get anywhere in Swindon, so I`d actually prefer a frequent and punctual service, rather an unpredictable service offering wifi.
I rely totally on the buses to get anywhere in Swindon, so I`d actually prefer a frequent and punctual service, rather an unpredictable service offering wifi. knittynora

7:57pm Sun 22 Dec 13

faatmaan says...

how long before Penhill, Pinehurst and Parks, get the same treatment ?
suspect those routes are over subscribed and need no stimulus , better to offer the better off travellers perks to encourage them onto a ever declining service.
how long before Penhill, Pinehurst and Parks, get the same treatment ? suspect those routes are over subscribed and need no stimulus , better to offer the better off travellers perks to encourage them onto a ever declining service. faatmaan

8:29am Mon 23 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

faatmaan wrote:
how long before Penhill, Pinehurst and Parks, get the same treatment ?
suspect those routes are over subscribed and need no stimulus , better to offer the better off travellers perks to encourage them onto a ever declining service.
Would need to do a lot more than that to encourage most onto the buses. Thank goodness I don't have to use them.
[quote][p][bold]faatmaan[/bold] wrote: how long before Penhill, Pinehurst and Parks, get the same treatment ? suspect those routes are over subscribed and need no stimulus , better to offer the better off travellers perks to encourage them onto a ever declining service.[/p][/quote]Would need to do a lot more than that to encourage most onto the buses. Thank goodness I don't have to use them. house on the hill

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