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You'll soon be able to see live traffic updates on the back of London's buses

Isabelle Aron

In case you hadn't noticed, London's buses are slower than ever (and TfL has the stats to prove it). But now London's buses could actually serve a purpose when they're stuck in a queue of traffic.

TfL has announced plans to show real-time traffic information on digital information boards on the back of buses. It's being trialled for six months on the 344 bus route Clapham Junction and Liverpool Street and will launch on the 415 bus route between Tulse Hill and Liverpool Street in the autumn.

The idea is to give drivers and cyclists live traffic updates on the go. Sure, you could just look at your phone, but that's a bit impractical if you're cycling and it's illegal to use your phone while driving. Obviously, it won't help you get to your destination any faster, but at least you'll have a better idea of what the hold-up is.

In other news, Sadiq Khan is launching a one-hour 'hopper' bus ticket in September

And the new Routemaster buses will all have windows that open by September

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