Birmingham is to pilot a new web-based travel information system designed to reduce road congestion and provide tailored advice for members of local community groups.
The Community TravelWise scheme, which will provide bespoke web portals to West Midlands faith and community groups, is a partnership initiative between Birmingham City Council and the West Midlands’ public transport body, Centro-PTA.
Each web portal will provide electronic journey planners and real time bus, rail and Metro service information, tailored to the venues used by the local groups. Details on free and discounted travel, and information on “Ring and Ride” and park and ride schemes will also be available, along with details of walking, cycling, community transport and car sharing initiatives.
The pilot is being funded by seven West Midlands local authorities, Centro-PTA and the Department for Transport’s mobility and inclusion unit.
Councillor Christine Mills, lead member for customer relations for Centro-PTA, said, “We are very pleased to be piloting this scheme which will bring so much to local communities across Birmingham. It means that people who have difficulty in getting out and about can get the information they need to enjoy participating in local community activities, while helping the environment by reducing congestion and carbon emissions through promoting sustainable transport.”
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