The new Countdown signs will be able tooffer more information than thosecurrently in use. As well as predicting busarrival times, they will be able to displayother relevant travel information such asservice updates, disruption information ornetwork wide messages.The technology used by the newCountdown system will increase theflexibility to redeploy signs toaccommodate any changes in the use ofstops across the network due to, forexample, housing or retail developmentsor changes in demographics.TfL will periodically reassess the networkand deploy or move signs as the networkevolves using its stop selection strategy.
STOP SELECTION OVERVIEW
The new Countdown programme presentsTfL with a unique opportunity to rethinkthe sign allocation to stops, allowinggreater benefit to passengers whileachieving a more considered and informedallocation.There are currently around 19,000 busstops in London. While we appreciate howuseful Countdown would be at all busstops, we need to balance the cost ofproviding Countdown on-street signs withthe benefits to customers.As part of the roll out of the newCountdown system, the selection of stopsto receive on-street signs will be basedupon a stop-selection strategy in whichevery stop in London will be assessedagainst a range of criteria.
The stop selection strategy is nowfinalised and serves as the basis forthe allocation of signs to on-streetlocations.
The Stop Selection Strategy aims toprioritise bus stops for Countdown signsby targeting locations where the need foron-street RTI is thought to be greatest.New generation Countdown signs will beinstalled at strategic locations where theywill provide the most benefit to thegreatest number of passengers, whilstaddressing social needs where possible.To ensure these objectives are met, it willbe necessary to review the existinglocations of Countdown signs. Thoseexisting signs which do not satisfy therequirements set out in the stop selectionstrategy will be removed.The criteria used to assess stops are thefollowing:
Number of passengers using stop
Proximity to centres of population
Proximity to transport interchanges
Proximity to key local services
Number of low frequency services
24h routes serving stopEach stop has been scored against each ofthe above criteria.Bus stops scoring the highest are thenselected to receive a new generationCountdown sign.All stops across the London bus networkhave been considered as part of this “stopselection” process.It is expected that approximately 35 percent of the allocation of existing signs willbe removed and replaced at locationswhere they will provide the most benefitto passengers.