Welcome to the public test of our new website. The idea is that you can explore the new site, get used to new features and give feedback on what’s working well and what still needs some work whilst the current site, www.buses.gg is still live.
“We think that this is a big step forward for Guernsey’s buses” said Kevin Hart, CT Plus General Manager, “By giving people better information, we hope to make the bus service easier to use.”
“We’re running the new site in parallel with the old site to give Islanders the opportunity to provide feedback – with any big technology project there are always a few snags – but also so people can get used to the new features. We hope to switch over permanently to the new site in about a week’s time. We’ll make sure that the old site is properly redirected. In the meantime we’re inviting islanders to explore the new site and let us know how they find it.”
“The provision of these important travel planning tools to assist in making the best possible use of the Island’s scheduled bus services is the first in a series of exciting enhancements designed to make the bus service more accessible to the travelling public” said Deputy Yvonne Burford, Minister for the Environment Department.
“This is just the start” said Kevin Hart. “By the end of May we hope to launch a mobile version of the site for use on the move – and a basic app a few weeks after that. By the end of June we’ll add a feature that shows which stops are affected by diversions right on the timetables page and, alongside our new ticket machine project, we’re working on providing real time information via the website, mobile site and app.
The trial website has several new features:
Stop-by-Stop: This feature shows the next departures for every bus stop on Guernsey. Passengers can just click on the bus stop they are interested in and it will show the route number, destination and scheduled departure time. There are two versions – a network map shows the main bus stops and a full geographic map covers every bus stop on the Island. Passengers can even add bus routes and key visitor attractions onto the map.
Over time, we're looking to upgrade this feature to use real-time information instead of timetables.
Journey planner: The journey planner aims to help passengers find the right bus for their trip. Passengers select the start and end points of their journey by clicking bus stops on the map, or typing into a form, add the date and time and then press ‘Plan my trip.’
As with our Stop-by-Stop functions, passengers can switch between a simplified network map that shows the main destinations and a full geographic map where they can zoom in to plan journeys between every bus stop in Guernsey. Visitors can also add key tourist destinations at the touch of a button, helping them to find the nearest bus stop and get the most out of their stay.
Journey planner results will show up to three different choices – later services or a different way of making the journey if possible. Just click on the different options to show them on the map. The results will also provide the full timetable for the journey as a download to help plan a return trip, and – if this is the trip that passengers make regularly,.
Timetables: Our timetables page provides the latest timetables for the service, simply click on the route number and the site will show the basic timetable. To help passengers work out whether it’s the right route, they can see the route drawn on a map. If they want to see the full timetable, they can expand the timetable to see every stop on the route. Passengers can then choose whether they want to download the timetable.