DigiGo, Essex Council's Zero Carbon Bus Service has launched from Horizon 120.
Essex County Council has introduced two mobility solutions to help locals travel more sustainably and conveniently – a new digital demand-responsive transport (DRT) service called DigiGo and a free-to-use travel planning app.
DigiGo journeys can be booked and paid for through the TravelEssex app, where users can view real-time arrival information and track the vehicle along its route. The service promises to suggest the most efficient routes to give the most convenient sustainable travel options.
DigiGo will initially operate within two rural and suburban areas of Essex to provide a more flexible public transport service with shortened wait and walk times. The service has been designed to provide easier connection to Essex’s transport interchanges, such as bus and train stations, for onward travel but importantly serves the new Horizon 120 development.
Funded by the UK Department for Transport’s Rural Mobility Fund, DigiGo services will run for two years, with learnings and development used to inform any potential future rollout of the service to other areas of Essex or the UK.
The service will operate between 7am and 10pm, seven days a week (excluding bank holidays) and journeys can be booked and paid for through the TravelEssex app, where users can view real-time arrival information and track the vehicle along its route.
Councillor Lee Scott, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Sustainable Transport, added: “We want to see more people travelling sustainably and thinking differently about how they travel, particularly for shorter journeys. To do this we recognise the need to offer choice and flexibility and think about how we work with some of the latest technologies and innovations to attract more people to use new forms of shared public transport services. Working with Moovit over this two-year period, the trial is aiming to provide a service which becomes embedded into local communities, attracting users of all ages and creates a platform to be rolled out into other parts of the county.”