Bus stops and bus shelters like you’ve never seen before, except in futuristic, science fiction movies. Worcester, United Kingdom, is a big place for technology and sustainability: yes, because the capital of the county of Worcestershire, is ready to install a new type of shelter which breaks the mould in shelter design in terms of sustainability, accessibility and technology.

What will it look like? That’s easy to say: the shelter, equipped with a large interactive display, will give travelers all the information they need for their trip. Smart lighting, integrated CCTV, graffiti-resistant materials and an anti-bacterial coating will also provide passengers with new levels of safety and security.

And that’s not all: each hub boasts significant sustainable technology, designed to support Worcester’s net zero and aggregated power policy. Part-powered by two solar panels and a vertical wind turbine, they are made from recycled bottles and can be completely recycled at the end of their life. The shelter in Cathedral Square will also include a bee and insect friendly sedum roof, capable of absorbing carbon from busy city streets.

Councilman Alan Amos, cabinet member with responsibility for highways and transportation, said, «We are really proud to be leading the way with this type of technology on our transportation network. These smart bus shelters will serve as hubs throughout the county and will feature technology designed to promote public transportation and demonstrate that it is a clean, safe and sustainable way to travel. I look forward to seeing the shelters installed and in use».


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