06 Aug '12, 2pm

Reducing costs for #TalkingBuses

A new report from Guide Dogs claims that the cost of introducing talking buses across the UK would be much less than earlier estimates by the government. The report, prepared for the campaign group by TAS, says all buses in the UK could be talking buses for £58million, since the cost of audio-visual systems has fallen. Guide Dogs asserts that £58million is a “relatively small sum of money and the Department for Transport (DfT) could provide financial incentives specifically for installing AV information on buses, similar to the recent Better Bus Areas Fund”. The TAS report identifies the current cost of equipping the entire UK fleet at £83-£126million, but says there is potential to reduce this to £58-£88million with volume discounts. David Cowdrey, head of campaigns at Guide Dogs, says: “This research shows that the cost of installing AV systems could be as little as £2,5...

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