Manchester unveils bus stops with free Wi-Fi and charging points

Britain’s very first ‘super shelters’ - bus shelters with free Wi-Fi and mobile charging points for the general public to use - have been unveiled in Manchester city centre.

They're on Piccadilly, just down from the train station, but we're likely to see them crop up in other places too. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) says they might even be rolled out across the whole region if they're successful.

Each one has a live Wi-Fi hotspot that anyone can connect to, and USB points that you can plug your charging cable into. They've also got a funky modular design, thanks to Peter Saville and Aurel Design Urbain - like a big bronze CD with a pole through the middle - which officials at TfGM say can easily be altered to fit other areas, and adapted to include more services.

Councillor Andrew Fender, chair of the TfGM committee, said: "This is a really exciting and unique scheme for Manchester as this pilot shelter is the first of its kind in the UK.

"One of our key aims is to provide an improved public transport network that encourages more people to choose sustainable and more environmentally friendly ways to travel… Research indicates that improved public transport environments - with technology built in - encourage more people to use them and that's what we're testing out here."

Should the city's new shelters prove to be a hit, we may even see similar tech expanding out to other cities too.

Source: Manchester Evening News

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