The country’s most advanced bus shelters will soon be part of a new green transport corridor in Worcester, with the first shelter to be installed in Cathedral Square.

Worcester City Council is the first local authority in the country to place orders for this new type of shelter, which breaks the mould in shelter design when it comes to sustainability, accessibility and technology.

With real time passenger information both in and on the shelter, and a large interactive display, the smart hub will give travellers all the information they need for their journey. Smart lighting, integrated CCTV, graffiti resistant materials and an antibacterial coating will also provide passengers with new levels of safety and security.

Each hub boasts significant sustainable technology, designed to support Worcester’s net zero and aggregated power policy. Part-powered by two solar panels and a vertical wind turbine, they are made from recycled bottles and can be completely recycled at the end of their life.

The shelter in Cathedral Square will also include a bee- and insect-friendly sedum roof, absorbing carbon from the city’s busy streets, and promote travel alternatives with smart bike and scooter racks.

The Smart Plus® shelters will be supplied, installed and maintained by 21st Century Passenger Systems Limited and Etesian Green Limited, working in partnership.

Councillor Alan Amos, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways and Transport, said: “We’re really proud to be leading the way with this sort of technology on our transport network.

“These smart shelters will act as hubs across the county and will feature technology designed to promote public transport and demonstrate that it is a clean, safe and sustainable way to travel. The shelters also contribute to our environmental initiatives with the one in Worcester featuring a sedum roof to attract pollinators.

“I look forward to seeing the shelters installed and being used.”

21st Century

21st Century Passenger Systems, a division of Journeo plc, is the specialist provider of tailored passenger information solutions, including hardware and software for electronic passenger information systems, off-vehicle smart ticketing and wayfinding.

With over 20 years’ experience in the transport industry, Journeo specialises in providing innovative technology solutions to improve the passenger experience and provide operational benefits to fleet and network operators.  Comprised of a Fleet Systems team and a Passenger Systems team, Journeo provides integrated solutions both on and off the vehicle, and unites the two in order to create the complete connected journey.

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Etesian Green

Etesian’s technologies serve urban and rural communities through renewable on and off grid energy generation. Small-scale vertical axis wind turbines and solar panels provide clean power for applications including lighting solutions, CCTV operations, and more…

With current fossil fuel reserves depleting and anthropogenic climate change becoming ever-more alarming, Etesian aims to integrate its vision to that of the commitment made by the 193 United Nation countries by helping to achieve sustainable societies. Through on and off-grid systems, powered solely by wind and solar energy, it can provide an alternative mitigation strategy. Etesian envisions streets, car parks, coastlines, city centres, farms and remote housing all benefiting from its service.

Etesian is developing its ability to connect to the grid in order to provide clean power for domestic use and support charging points for electric vehicles or devices such as mobile phones. It also seeks to provide key statistical data on energy savings, air quality, wind speeds and temperatures.