Route maps on buses

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/5796
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Why don't buses display any route maps in the same way as tube carriages and bus stations do?

Answer

Answer for Route maps on buses

Answer for Route maps on buses

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As buses are frequently moved between routes, it is not practical to display dedicated maps for individual routes.

The need for static displays has also been reduced by the availability of the iBus next-stop announcement system on board vehicles and better travel information at bus stops about specific routes and principal stopping points.

However, TfL has been trialling the concept of digital maps on four buses in the fleet for more than six months as part of the Year of the Bus. Usability and display of this technology is still at an early stage of development and could become an option going forward once issues relating to costs and readability are addressed. Many smart-phone apps are also available to tell passengers where they are and locate their position in relation to journeys.