TfL to trial real-time traffic updates on buses


Transport for London (TfL) has announced a new trial to tackle congestion that will see real-time traffic data displayed to drivers on the rear information displays of buses.

As the world’s largest cities get ever-bigger and the number of vehicles on the roads grows, innovative solutions will be required to ensure traffic can flow as smoothly as possible, particularly in cities such as London where there is limited scope for road improvements.

However, the ability for authorities to collect real-time data on where problem areas are can help solve this problem by giving drivers up-to-date information on which areas to avoid.

For the pilot scheme, buses operating on route 344 between Clapham Junction and Liverpool Street will be fitted with digital display boards provided by Equitech IT Solutions. The equipment then uses GPS data and information from TfL’s 24-hour traffic control centre to identify where congestion is and pass these details on to drivers.

The scheme follows on from a successful trial of live traffic information displayed on taxi advertising boards, and will be extended to route 415 between Tulse Hill and Liverpool Street in the autumn.

The trial is expected to last for six months, and if the solution proves to be effective it could be expanded across the British capital.

Chief operating officer for surface transport at TfL Garrett Emmerson stated: “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.”

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