Posted on 9th December 2023




When Guide Dogs for the Blind a UK Charity, decided to do something to highlight the need for full audio next stop and final destination information on buses, they chose to go on a tour of the UK with a bus fitted out by McKenna Brothers with a mobitec Audio-visual ”Talking Bus” system.


The signs have been programmed to simulate a route giving full audio announcements for next stop and final destination, which will offer blind and partially sighted passengers the detailed information required to instil more confidence in their use of public transport.


The voice of one of Scotland’s favourite comedy characters Rab C Nesbitt was also used on buses in the Strathclyde region recently¬†to alert passengers of their next stopping point.


In September 2013 the Transport Select Committee issued its ‘Access to transport for disabled people’ report in which is recommended: ”The Accessibility Action Plan should require a phased introduction of buses with audio-visual information systems over the next ten years.”


Guide Dogs for the Blind have continued to campaign for all new buses to be fitted with full audio and visual information and will not rest until all buses on UK roads become ”Talking Buses”


McKenna Brothers will of course continue with their support for this campaign and our own Ian Grimshaw attended the launch in London.

For more information on Guide Dogs for the Blind and Talking Buses please click the link:


We wish Guide Dogs for the Blind UK every success with The Little Big Bus Tour, which started in London on 4th September, moving to Birmingham on 5th – 7th, visiting Cardiff on 12th – 14th, Liverpool on 19th – 21st before finishing in Glasgow on 26th – 28th.