Southampton airport has launched a live travel information system, which is the first of its kind to be installed in a British airport. The system, which has cost approximately fifty thousand pounds to install, will provide information about public transport services, including live updates on rail networks, bus services, ferry services, and road networks across the southern region of the United Kingdom. It uses the internet to provide live data feeds, which update the information displayed to passengers arriving at the airport on a continuous basis throughout the day.
Chris Huhne, the local MP, believes that the live travel information system will “improve the passenger experience” at the airport greatly. This is not to say that Huhne had a negative opinion of the airport prior to the installation of the innovative system. Rather, the MP thinks that the airport is the “most traveller friendly airport” he has ever travelled through. Furthermore, it is extremely important to the local economy since it employs so many people in the Southampton region. Huhne’s words were echoed by David Lees, the director of planning and development at the airport. He believes that the live travel information system will provide the passengers at Southampton with accurate and up-to-date information, which will “make it easier than ever before to breeze through Southampton Airport”.
The live system was developed by numerous organisations and agencies working together with Southampton airport. Officials working for Southampton City Council, the Highways Agency, and South West Trains were just some of the individuals involved in the scheme.