First Bus app recognised at virtual awards ceremony


First Bus and its app partner Future Platforms have been declared victorious in the Travel App of the Year category at the UK App Awards.

Judges particularly praised the implementation of customer-first items that were fast-tracked during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Those include live vehicle tracking and a real-time capacity checker, with each shown clearly on the app interface. Judges described both as items that “improved the app on a huge scale.” 

Says incoming First Bus Managing Director Janette Bell: “Our award win is a celebration for everyone who has worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to fast-track new app capabilities for our customers. We are thrilled that they have been recognised by the UK App Awards. 

“Following the introduction of national ‘lockdowns’ across the UK, we understood that live tracking and the visibility of bus capacity would be of significant benefit to our customers following the introduction of social distancing onboard vehicles. 

“Our partners worked with us at pace to make this a reality. The feedback has been phenomenal. The response at launch, and which continues today with the Award win, highlights why our customer-first approach will continue to be central to digital innovations at First Bus over the coming months.”