Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has introduced Fonebox charging units to 10 bus stations in the West Midlands.
The facilities now installed at Walsall, Wednesbury, Dudley, Stourbridge, Bliston, Halesowen, Wolverhampton, West Bromwich, Cradley Heath and Coventry will enable passengers to charge their smartphone battery by up to 50% in 30 minutes after registering with Fonebox to use the free service.
Cllr Roger Lawrence, Leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council and WMCA portfolio holder for transport, 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 Fonebox facilities are to be installed at no cost to TfWM, however it will enable the authority to generate income through a share of advertising revenue.
Nathan Hughes, Founder of Fonebox, said: “Fonebox is delighted to partner with TfWM to offer a much-needed service throughout their bus stations.
Customers can now use any of the Fonebox kiosks completely free – keeping them connected and charged while they travel throughout the West Midlands.”