A transport business has launched an app to make bus journeys easier for passengers across.
But Stagecoach North East has warned that urgent action is needed on worsening road congestion if passengers are to get the full benefit of the new technology.
The app – free to download for Apple and Android mobile phones – has a range of features including improved journey information.
Steve Walker, Stagecoach North East managing director, said: “In today’s fast-paced world, time is really precious.
“Our new app will make bus travel easier and give people more time to focus on the other important things in their lives.
“What our new app can’t do is solve the growing problem of road congestion.
“We need local authorities to take action because faster and more reliable bus journeys, fewer cars, and less pollution is better for everyone in our communities.”
The new app offers a journey planning tool which uses interactive maps and the smartphone GPS system to help identify the nearest bus stop and the most suitable service for their journey requirements.
They can also find out information on journey length and available fare options.
Also through the app, within the coming months Stagecoach North East plans to offer mobile ticketing on its services for the first time, allowing customers to use one app to download tickets straight to their phone.
The company said more than £13million has been invested by the local bus operator in brand new buses across the North East in the last two years alone, including £2.2million in South Shields with the ‘Connecting the Dots’ bus fleet.
For further information on the Stagecoach Bus App visit www.stagecoachbus.com/app