Buses in Hayes could soon receive a colourful make-over in a bid to make travelling on the bus as easy as taking the Tube.
Both buses and stop signs will be marked in identifiable colours, and the main destinations and interchanges will be listed on the side of the buses, passengers will be able to tell, at a glance, where the bus will go.
Although a trial of the new bus designs has only begun in east London, with more than 60 red buses receiving their own splash of colour to mark seven different routes, a further trial is planned for the summer in Hayes.
Sadiq Khan, London Mayor, 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.”
The buses can currently be seen in Barkingside, and across the area including journeys to and from Romford, Walthamstow, Ilford, Loughton and Barking.
But if the trial in Hayes is successful, the new designs could spread to other parts of the capital.
Leon Daniels, Transport for London’s Managing Director of Surface Transport, said: “We’re constantly looking for new and innovative ways to improve our customers’ journeys.
"We’ve redesigned the look of Barkingside’s buses and the information we provide to customers.
"We believe this will make bus travel simpler and will encourage more Londoners and visitors to use buses – the Capital’s most expansive and accessible public transport service, which also offers excellent value for money.”
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