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The battle for the busplaner: Hope ahead

'I think not actually, they treat us older people especially good' and 'this is the worst thing they could have done' it sounded from any of the elderly passengers, which Ekstra Bladet has spoken with, after Movia has removed the printed information on bus routes and departure times from a total of 14.500 stops on the island of Zealand.

But perhaps there is a little hope ahead.

- It has made an impression, where many journalists and users who have turned to us and regretted the decision, says Niels Bjerrum, Copenhagen Municipality Borgerrepræsentation (S) and a board member of Movia for the Extra Magazine.

According to Niels Bjerrum considering the board, therefore, to introduce further measures to make the transition to digital easier. In the light of the many inquiries they have initiated an investigation of what it will cost to keep informationstavlerne a while yet.

- If it can be defended in economic terms, I personally with to put the boards up a little yet. I advocate anything that makes public transport so efficient, user friendly and good as possible, says Niels Bjerrum, one of the Movia members of the board.

He says that the board of directors within two to three days will know the amount and to discuss whether it's worthwhile to hang the boards up again. Ekstra Bladet has tried to get in touch with the other members without success, but the president writes the following in an email:

- Movia board of directors are given an orientation on the information at the bus stops at its next meeting and may speak on the matter, writes Kirsten Jensen, chairman of the board and the mayor of Hillerød.

the Older the Case, Forbrugerådet Think and folketingspolitikere across the political spectrum have been outraged Movia decision to remove the informationstavlerne.

data from Statistics Denmark shows that 210,000 as older people are not digital and so can't beat the bus timetables up on the web. A study last year, made of Passagerpulsen under the Consumer Think, also showed that older passengers prefer to get information about departure times and delays on site.

Whether the older and other disgruntled travelers get their way, time will tell. Until then, the anonymous 'mrs Larsen' come Vesterbro neighborhood to the rescue. She has printed the roadmap for bus 6A out and unhook it up on the stop at Enghavevej.

Mrs Larsen responded proactively on Movia's decision to remove informationstavlerne and hanged its own roadmap up to 6A's passengers. PHOTO: Jonas Olufson

Inspired by the everyday hero 'mrs Larsen's have an Extra Leaf on behalf of the Copenhagen bus-travelers has been out with busplaner, plastic pockets and masking tape. The magazine's released has dressed naked bustavler on with the roadmaps, and in mrs Larsen's spirit was there, of course, added a small greeting and a heart - for the good mood-guilt.

Armed with busplaner, plastic pockets and masking tape went the magazine issued on the hunt for the bewildered bus passengers, and naked, informationsløse bustavler around in Copenhagen. Photo: Mogens Flindt

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