TRANSPORT FOR LONDON (TfL) will trial WiFi services on buses as part of additional technology improvements.
TfL said that the WiFi service will be trialed on the route 12 bus between Dulwich and Oxford Circus and the route RV1 bus, which operates between Covent Garden and Tower Hill. If successful, TfL is hopeful that sponsors for the WiFi service might be found to help provide free access.
TfL already offers free WiFi on the London Underground, with services provided by Virgin Media to all UK smartphone customers free of charge.
TfL also announced trials to provide digital seat information so that people boarding a double-decker bus can see how many seats are free upstairs. This will be trialed on the route 141 bus between Palmers Green and London Bridge.
Finally, TfL will also trial new digital display screens on buses that will present more information about the journey. This will include details on upcoming bus stops, anticipated arrival times and transport interchanges.
This technology will be trialed on two double-decker buses on route 12 and on two single-deck routes - the 360, which operates between Albert Hall and Elephant & Castle, and RV1.
TfL Technical Services Group head Simon Reed said that the trials should show whether the new services benefit passengers using the London bus transport network.
"London buses have always led the way with new technology on its network, benefitting the millions of passengers who make the most of the extensive network every day,” he said.
"We have worked with our suppliers to find new and innovative ways to further improve the experience of our passengers."
The announcement is just one of many advances in technology taking place on the London transport network, with plans for smartphone payments confirmed with contactless payment capabilities set to begin on 16 September, among other recent announcements from TfL.
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