London is Colouring in its Buses and Routes

By Gary Cutlack on at

London's buses are about to start getting some Underground-style coloured themes, as Transport for London attempts to make identifying bus routes as easy as working out which tube line you need to take.

The trial, for it is only a trial at the moment, sees a section of east London having 60 of its buses given coloured tabs to easily identify them, with the stops and signs also featuring the same colours. It'll take routes going through Romford, Walthamstow, Ilford, Loughton and Barking at first, with a separate trial scheduled to take place in west London, around Hayes, layer in the summer.

If it works and people get lost less it might roll out across the capital, which is good news as loads of other cities successfully use similar schemes, as following a colour when you're massively drunk and need to get home is easier than reading troublesome words and numbers.

The mayor explained: "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." [Mayor]

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