A NEW mobile app has been launched to help bus users in Gloucestershire.

GlosTalk is a talking app designed and aimed at providing travel information for all bus users, but particularly for those passengers who are visually impaired.

The free app was developed by Gloucestershire County Council and Trapeze and links into the council’s passenger information system, which went live in April 2016 to give bus users up to date travel details.

The council has worked with disability groups such as Gloucestershire Voices and Insight Gloucestershire to help develop the app.

One of the main features is a ‘talk back’ audio function which allows users to ask the app for information aloud and it then respond specifically aimed at supporting people with visual impairments. 

GlosTalk is available in all app stores for Windows, Android and iPhone users to download.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure at the county council, said: “GlosTalk is a really exciting tool to help residents use the county’s bus network.

“We know that public transport can be daunting to some people, which is we’ve developed it alongside residents that use the services.

“We hope it will help to encourage independence and allow them to get out and about without support.

For more information on the app, visit: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/glostalk