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721 buses

equipped by ENGIE
in Edinburgh


  • 2,700

    stops with real-time info

  • 425

    real-time info boards
    throughout the city

  • 1


The City of Edinburgh has an efficient transport system consisting mainly of buses. Investments were made at the beginning of the 2000s to improve passenger information and adapt it to new transport uses.

When it comes to public transport In Edinburgh, buses win hands down. The municipal-owned operator Lothian Buses manages a fleet of over 700 vehicles on 70 different routes in and around the city. Thanks to the information system managed by ENGIE, users can know, in real time, when their next bus is coming.

Information from drivers to users

In 2004, ENGIE deployed the Bustracker system, a bus network management tool, on the entire Edinburgh bus network. Since then, an AVL (Automatic Vehicle Location) system has been installed on all of the local operator Lothian Buses’s vehicles.

The system, which tracks the position of each vehicle in real time, is a valuable management and control tool for the operator. It is also enables them to communicate with drivers if there is a problem on the network.
The huge amount of data collected by the system soon found a new use: user information.


equipped with a locating system

A rich offer of real-time information

The data collected by the system today supplies a passenger information network. It transmits real-time information to passengers on the state of traffic, journey time and waiting time for the next bus.

To find information, passengers have a choice! All of it is shared through different channels:

  • in the 721 vehicles operated by Lothian Buses
  • in more than 2,700 stops throughout the network
  • on 425 information boards installed in the city’s streets
  • on the Lothian Buses website (since 2008)
  • via mobile applications


queries per month on web and mobile info tools

Mobile phones as transport tool

The “Mybustracker” application lets users check the transport network’s status and when their bus is due, in real time on their mobile phone.

Lothian Buses also developed the “Take me Home” application. It uses GPS on smartphone to locate the user and plan the best itinerary from their current position to their destination. It also calculates the time that it will take to reach the destination.

application downloads


And tomorrow ?

The city of Edinburgh has carried out a forecasting study on public transport in 2030. Possible developments include: having 30% of inhabitants’ daily transport take place by bus, and extending the Bustracker system to streets as well as workplaces.

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