The iBus project

6 December 2006  •  Author(s): Simon Reed, iBus Project Director, Transport for London (TfL)

In common with many world-class cities London faces transport and traffic challenges. London needs to move its workforce and visitors and respond to growth and demographic changes fuelled by the success of the city. London’s bus network, one of the largest and most comprehensive urban transport systems in the world, is facing up to these challenges with a significant investment in a new AVL, radio and RTPI platform know as ‘iBus’ – a key part of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy.

Scope

To get a feel for the size of the London bus network compare it with the London Underground network with its prescribed 12-line, 275-station system. London’s bus network however has 700 routes and 17,500 bus stops operating on roads in a City that has developed over 700 years. It has to deal with daily road closures, accidents and incidents and still provide an essential service to London’s population.

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