Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2003-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2003
Reference: 
2003/1991
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Can you explain your reasons for freezing all further extensions of the AVL system and all further implementation of the real time Countdown service at bus stops?

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Answer

Answer for Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL)

Answer for Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London Buses has recognised that the current technology which delivers the AVL and Countdown systems is out of date and is starting the process of renewal. This will allow them to take advantage of the most recent advances in technology to better control services and provide real time information to passengers. In the meantime the current AVL system will remain operational and improvements will be made to the maintenance and support processes. On Countdown, the roll-out of additional signs is currently suspended while improvements are made to the underlying systems. London Buses is concentrating on getting the best level of availability and accuracy on the existing signs before considering increasing the number. Transport for London is fully aware of the value passengers place on good quality information and are working hard to expand the range of ways in which it is provided. .