Birmingham passengers on Europe's longest bus route will soon benefit from a longpromised satellite-based realtime information system.
However, while the £25 million Outer Circle Bus Showcase scheme is drawing to a close this year, there is concern that Birmingham City Council is to leave some promised improvements unfinished.
One of the final phases of the five-year route 11 upgrade will see digital information displays at around 200 shelters on the route.
West Midlands public transport promoter Centro is investing £1.3 million in the system which will tell waiting passengers exactly when the next bus is due.
Bus company Travel West Midlands will install the tracking devices in each of its vehicles, which should also mean an end to the notorious bunching of buses on the 27-mile circular route.
"The changes to the Outer Circle have now reached an impressive standard all passengers can appreciate," said Coun Len Clark, lead member for buses on the Passenger Transport Authority, which sets policy for Centro.
"I am sure everyone is looking forward to the completion of this massive project."
However, last week Birmingham City Council admitted that a number of improvements around the route would have to be funded outside the £ 25 million scheme and completed at a later date. Travel West Midlands said it would be closely monitoring the city council's progress on the outstanding improvements.
Corporate Affairs director Phil Bateman said: "We will, I am sure, be looking intently at the progress of the scheme.
"As will the Department for Transport due to the fact that this has been identified as a major scheme and has received major scheme funding to reflect the high profile that the region places on the Route 11 bus route."