Bus Services (Supplementary) [7]

Session date: 
June 18, 2008
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I can briefly help you with that last point, Mr Mayor. Close to me are bus stops where the stage coaches used to stop and so there has been no change as far as that is concerned over a couple of hundred years! I have to say that the speed of the buses has hardly improved since then.

However, very struck by the point that you made about real time information about buses; it would be extremely helpful, would it not, if your new wonder bus was able to give accurate information to the bus stops for the people who are waiting there. There is nothing worse than waiting at a bus stop where we see the signs saying, 'Bus due' and you sit there and you wait and you wait and you wait. That is a real pain. That will be a real boom to Londoners if your new bus and your new bus stops could do that.

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Answer for Bus Services (Supplementary) [7]

Answer for Bus Services (Supplementary) [7]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Tony, we can do it. As I understand it we can do it already in that TfL already has the information about the whereabouts of the bus with the iBus route mapping network and we can actually send people, on their mobile phones, details of where their bus is so that they do not actually have to go out of their house and wait in the rain for 20 minutes in the hope that a bus will come, they can tell where it is and when it is going to be there.