Free phone charging at West Midlands bus stations

The leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council has announced that bus passengers can now charge their mobile phones for free while waiting for a bus at ten stations in the West Midlands.

Roger Lawrence, who is also the portfolio holder for transport for the West Midlands Combined Authority, said that the new Fonebox charging units can boost smartphone batteries by up to 50 per cent in just 30 minutes and that bus users in the areas only have to register with Fonebox to use the free service.

With increasing numbers of passengers using mobile phones to buy, store and show their travel tickets, the ability to charge devices whilst waiting on a bus will be highly beneficial, whilst also being able to show live timetable and travel information.

Lawrence said: “These improvements are a fantastic addition for some of our busiest bus stations. The Fonebox chargers are a really great bonus for passengers: they’re completely free to use and will ensure nobody has to run out of battery while travelling on our network this Christmas.”

The new facilities, installed at Walsall, Wednesbury, Dudley, Stourbridge, Bilston, Halesowen, Wolverhampton, West Bromwich, Cradley Heath and Coventry bus stations, are designed to make bus travel more convenient for passengers, with organisers Transport for West Midlands also pioneering Google Pay smartphone ticketing on West Midlands Metro services.

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