Buses branded with their own route colours going down well in Barkingside

PUBLISHED: 11:02 20 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:02 20 July 2017

One of the new-look route150 buses. Picture: TfL

One of the new-look route150 buses. Picture: TfL


Professor Albus Dumbledore, headmaster in the Harry Potter series had a scar the exact shape of the London underground and said it was immensely useful.

TfL may have not have drawn inspiration from the imagination of author J.K Rowling but their vision for transport across the capital is similar - having coloured routes on a map helps.

With that thought in mind buses in Barkingside were given a trial make over and each route was bestowed with a colour.

A tube map for road use, TfL hoped that residents will know that the 150 is blue in the same way that they know the central line is red.

Prospective passengers can also see the colour from a distance, and even if they can’t read the number they will know which route the bus serves.

“I think they are absolutely amazing, I really don’t know why someone didn’t think of it sooner,” said Marie Dunnage of Barkingside.

“Instead of anxiously hopping up and down every two minutes I can see from quite far away if my bus is coming.

“Visually they look pretty funky too, it somehow makes all the buses feel connected to something bigger, like they are a team.”

John Sharrock, chairman of community group, Barkingside 21, also thinks the colours are a good idea but said there are more important issues in the area to focus on.

“I am at an age where I have a freedom pass and use public transport as much as possible,” he said

“They are very colourful but I have more important ideas on my plate including saving the sports field in Oakfields and the loss of an A&E.

“We are also trying to promote the use of Ken Aston square.”

A TfL staff member speaking at a External Scrutiny Panel in Redbridge Town Hall said that by 2041 the Mayor of London hopes 80 percent of trips will be on public transport and there will be zero deaths on roads.

“They are fairly ambitious aspirations,” she said.

“To do so the mayor will focus on factors such as good public transport systems, which are inclusive and affordable, with great customer service.”

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