10 August 2016 10:40

A new mobile app and free Wi-Fi access hotspots are making it easier than ever before to get the information you want about the Lancaster district on the move and at your fingertips.

Jointly developed by Lancaster City Council and Lancaster University, the iLancaster City, Coast & Countryside app delivers a wide range of interactive services, local information, events listings and alerts direct to your mobile device – and even helps you find a new pet via its ‘Adopt an Animal’ feature.

  • As a resident, you can access your bin collection calendar and set alerts so that you never miss a collection.
  • On the move you can find live bus and train times or find your nearest car park and get alerts before your parking time is up.
  • A comprehensive events scheduler tells you what’s on and where, and alerts you when it’s time to go.   
  • For visitors, there are guides to historic Lancaster’s cultural gems and Morecambe’s stunning bay.

To get the City, Coast & Countryside app visit m.lancaster.ac.uk/ccc and download it to your Apple or Android device. There’s also a web version so you can browse it from your home PC.

To promote the app, and to help make the district more ‘connected’, the City Council and the University are also providing free Wi-Fi access hotspots at three key visitor locations: Morecambe visitor information centre, Lancaster bus station and Williamson Park.

Dr Paul Harness, Director of Information Systems Services at Lancaster University said: “I am delighted that this collaboration with Lancaster City Council has resulted in an amazing App along with Wi-Fi coverage that will provide many innovative services to our students, residents and visitors. The work is a significant contribution to our ‘Digital Lancaster’ vision, through which the University is committed to engaging with the local community.”

Coun James Leyshon, Cabinet member with responsibility for digital strategy at Lancaster City Council, said: “More and more people are accessing information through their smartphones and other mobile devices and there’s nothing more frustrating than having to visit multiple websites for information.

“This new app pulls everything together in one place and makes it easier than ever to get information on the go. It has been a pleasure to work with Lancaster University on this new app.”

Residents, visitors and organisations interested in submitting new ideas for the app can get in touch by emailing ilancaster-support@lancaster.ac.uk.