Travel information touch-screens launched in Cardiff

The touch-screens provide up-to-date information on road and rail Photo: ITV News Wales

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Touch-screens have been installed in Cardiff city centre to provide people with up-to-date travel information around the clock.

Cardiff is the first local authority in Wales to use the weather-proof screens for information on public transport.

The screens allow people to access information on:

  • Bus stops
  • Rail stations
  • Cycle parking and cycle-friendly areas
  • Park-and-ride bus stops
  • Taxi ranks
  • Car parks
  • Congestion and incident alerts

They also provide details of where people with mobility problems can gain help in getting around the city centre.

Departure news is fed from bus and rail operators and travellers with smartphones can link to Traveline Cymru for door-to-door journey plans.

Commuters can also access Arriva Trains Wales for planning rail trips and the Keeping Cardiff Moving website, which provides full coverage of travel options in and around Cardiff.

People travelling by car can access information that can help them decide on parking and their best route out of the city.

The screens have been installed as part of the Sustainable Travel City Project, which is jointly funded by Cardiff Council and the Welsh Government.

In the age of smartphones and social networking, there is now a constant demand for up-to-date information at people's fingertips. The screens have been developed to help everyone in the city find out the latest travel information in an easy and clear way.

– Cllr Ralph Cook, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, Highways, Traffic and Transportation

But although many welcomed the screens, some said they would be unlikely to use them.

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