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Southampton airport live travel info

[December 1st 2008]

The UK’s first live travel information system in an airport has been launched at Southampton airport.

Passengers arriving at Southampton airport will be able to check live updates on bus, ferry, rail and road networks across the south. The £50,000 system at the airport uses live data feeds through the internet to automatically update the information continuously.

The technology has been developed by Southampton airport in partnership with Eastleigh Borough Council, Southampton City Council, Highways Agency, South West Trains, Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries and Hampshire County Council.

Local MP, Chris Huhne, launched the new travel information system in the arrivals hall at the airport. "There is no doubt that Southampton Airport is the most traveller friendly airport that I’ve experienced. The airport is also the biggest employer within my constituency, and very important to the regional economy. These screens are yet another example of the airport leading the way with technology to improve the passenger experience," he said.

Southampton airport director of planning and development, David Lees, added: “Southampton Airport has fantastic transport links, with the railway station next door, bus stops on our doorstep, and the location of two major motorways within very close proximity. This investment in the latest technology will provide our passengers with live information, making it easier than ever before to breeze through Southampton Airport.”

The travel information system also receives local bus information and is linked to live motorway CCTV footage. “We are delighted that incoming passengers can have access to current information on bus times into the city and the University,” said George Fair, Operations Manager for bus company Uni-Link.

Southampton & Fareham Chamber of Commerce & Industry representative, Nick Farthing, added: “This is particularly important for people travelling to this region on business from around Europe. The new screens will provide information to passengers arriving at the airport showing how easy it is to use public transport.”

Written by: Nick Purdom