A new ‘Tube-style’ approach to bus travel is being trialled in London. Individual routes have been given their own distinct colour. Links to other TfL services have been clearly identified to give passengers travel information in a similar way to the Tube. The buses and stop signs will be marked in their identifiable colours and the main destinations and interchanges will be listed on the side of the vehicles. This is expected to simplify use of the network in local areas as passengers will be able to tell, at a glance, where the bus will go.
A new trial of this approach has begun in east London, where over 60 buses on different routes have been given the new markings. The changes aim to simplify journeys for passengers travelling in Barkingside and across the area including journeys to and from Romford, Walthamstow, Ilford, Loughton and Barking. A further trial is planned for the summer in Hayes, in west London. If successful, the new designs could spread to other parts of the capital.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said, ‘It’s no secret that London’s bus service has always been close to my heart, and I’m working hard to make it as accessible, affordable and easy to use as possible for all. By bringing these new distinctive route colours to areas of the network, we’re making it as easy to navigate areas of London by bus as it is by Tube. It’s another key part in our efforts to encourage Londoners to take to the bus and help us tackle congestion, air pollution and make our city better for everyone.’