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London buses are getting a new tube-style colour-coding system

By Hayley Spencer

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Locals might know their nearest bus routes like the backs of their hands, but figuring out where a new double decker is going isn’t an easy task. So, in his mission to make getting around the city a breeze, Sadiq Khan has implemented a nifty new mapping system. 

As of today, a colour-coding system is being trialled in east London. Different routes have been assigned unique colours, which will be visible on the sides of buses to help passengers identify them at a glance. Plus, the main stops made by the bus will be listed on the outside of the vehicle so you can check it’s going your way before hopping on.

More than 60 buses covering seven different routes and travelling to and from Romford, Walthamstow, Ilford, Loughton and Barking will bear the new colour system as of today.

Khan commented of his new tube-inspired initiative: ‘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.’

If the new system is a success, it could be coming to a route near you soon.

In other bus news, black cabs, buses and bikes could be getting banned from Oxford Street.

Plus, a double-decker bus got stuck in central London.

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