Colour coded buses arrive in Barking and Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 11:28 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:45 02 May 2017

One of the new-look route 150 buses (Picture: TfL)

One of the new-look route 150 buses (Picture: TfL)


Chasing after a bus only to realise it’s not the one you wanted is set to be a thing of the past.

An innovative new scheme to make using buses as easy as the Tube is being rolled out in east London - with large route numbers on the side making it easier to tell at a glance what service is approaching.

Three routes serving Barking and Dagenham - the 169 from Barking to Clayhall, the 150 from Becontree Heath to Chigwell Row and the 128 from Romford to Claybury Broadway via Becontree Heath - are part of the pilot.

Buses, their stops and route maps will be marked in identifiable colours, aiming to simplify journeys for passengers travelling around the area and make travelling by bus a less confusing experience.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “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.”

A second trial is set to take place in Hayes, west London, this summer, and the idea could spread further if it proves successful.

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