Buses on two routes are to be fitted with displays showing live traffic information in a six-month trial aimed at helping London’s drivers avoid congestion and speed up their journeys.
The first displays will be fitted to buses running on route 344 between Clapham Junction and Liverpool Street, with route 415 between Tulse Hill and Liverpool Street joining the trial later this year.
The boards, powered by Equitech IT Solutions, use GPS technology to give accurate and up-to-date traffic information from TfL’s 24-hour traffic control centre.
If successful, Transport for London say the displays could be expanded across London.
Garrett Emmerson, TfL’s Chief Operating Officer for Surface Transport, said: “This innovative use of one of the Capital’s most iconic features – the London bus – will help all road users.
“We’re focused on keeping London moving and on giving drivers real-time information through a range of channels to help them avoid congested roads and reduce wasted time and needless pollution from idling cars.”
Craig Holloway, Chief Executive of Equitech IT Solutions, added: “We are delighted to be partnering with TfL to trial this new technology.
“We know how beneficial having real-time traffic information can be for road users, and the technology we have developed will hopefully make life for Londoners easier by having up-to-date information provided to them when travelling on the Capital’s roads.”