Transport for London has announced the completion of a major project to fit the iBus talking ‘next stop’ announcements system to the capital’s bus fleet.
iBus has been widely welcomed as an enabling technology which increases the confidence and mobility of visually impaired bus users by allowing them to know the location of their bus and the next stop.
Carol Thomas, Access and Inclusion Manager for The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, said: “With the introduction of iBus on the Capital’s buses, we have seen an increase in the number of blind and partially sighted people asking for mobility training on buses. The audible announcements give our members the confidence to use the bus network, which is invaluable as it gives them so much more independence.”
Thomas said her Association “applaud Transport for London for leading the way in introducing such announcements on buses and we are campaigning with 25 disability organisations around the country to have audible and visual announcements introduced on buses across the UK.”