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Metrobus adds USB charging points at every seat



Travelling by bus to Manor Royal Business District and Gatwick Airport just got even more productive now that Metrobus has fitted its entire fleet with free WiFi and the main services services in the area now have USB charging points at every seat.

It means passengers can get connected on every journey, check their emails on social media, surf the web anytime and anywhere during their journey and charge their phone, tablet or laptop.
Metrobus Managing Director Martin Harris said:
“We’ve invested in WiFi and USB chargers because we know these are busy commuting routes and want to make the experience as efficient for our customers as possible.
“There’s a lot of exciting business growth in this area that will attract more workers – but no one in today’s society wants that to result in more cars on the road. We aim to make bus travel as convenient and accessible as possible so we can get people out of cars and onto public transport.
“This is just another way we make the bus all round good value and a viable and attractive alternative for busy people.”
Fastway services 10, 20 & 100 and Routes 4, 5, 200 & 400, which carry commuters to and from Gatwick and Manor Royal, have been fitted with USB charging devices – optimised for smart phones – which are lit up for easy visibility.
WiFi has been fitted to all 143 buses in the Metrobus fleet.

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Council have plans in place for ‘Beast from the East’

Salting operations are to continue throughout the period; snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.



Yellow warnings for snow in Crawley have been issued by the Met Office until Wednesday. Photo: MetOffice

Snowfall will be effecting most of the country over the forthcoming week and the Met Office have issued yellow weather warnings for snow as well as amber warnings for some areas.

Following these warnings, West Sussex County Council have said they have plans in place to keep main roads open.

A West Sussex Highways spokesman said:

“Precautionary salting operations will continue throughout the period and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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“We are therefore advising Town and Parish Councils to be prepared to enact their Winter Management Plans IF and when we issue an instruction to do so.”

A further update will be issued later today.

The County Council’s winter campaign website page has several sections giving advice on ‘staying warm’ please click here.

If you know or look after someone who may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help ensure they stay warm and well and check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.

WSCC have offered some general advice including:

• Stay tuned in to weather forecasts.
• Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21°C.
• Check bedroom night-time temperatures and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.
• Keep warm and active and, if you have to go out, dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.
• If you are concerned about your own health or welfare, or that of others, please alert the emergency services – details: emergency services.

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