Edinburgh's new bus shelters keeping you connected

The public can now charge their mobile phones while waiting on the next bus, thanks to new shelters installed on Princes Street.

USB charging points are available on 11 of the stops along the north side of Princes Street, and one outside Waverley Station, which have been upgraded as part of a 10-year partnership with advertising company JCDecaux.

On Princes Street they will feature digital advertising screens providing tourism, local and Council information, forming part of the first network of interactive ‘LiveTouch’ screens in the city.

Transport Convener, Cllr Lesley Hinds, said: “These shelters are being installed free of charge to the Council as part of the advertising contract with JCDecaux, who are also carrying out a cleaning programme across many of the city’s bus stops.

“One of the great things about the new bus shelters on Princes Street is the phone charging points, which will help those travelling around or visiting the city to stay connected all the time. This will be particularly useful during the Festival, when more people than ever will be passing through Edinburgh.”

The improvement programme, which will see around 400 of the city’s bus shelters replaced, is expected to last until 31 October, with traffic sensitive work taking place outwith peak hours in order to minimise impact on drivers and bus users.

Works will cease during August to facilitate unhindered access to the public transport network during the busy festival period.  

Last year the Council signed a ten-year contract with JC Decaux to manage its 1500 bus shelters and 60 large-format billboards, as well as look into other schemes including way-finding signage and a city-wide bicycle hire scheme.

Find out more about the bus shelter replacement programme.

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