Many Charlton bus users will lose out when Transport for London starts to replace its Countdown screens at bus stops across the capital.
The current system, which dates back to the 1980s, is being replaced with a new one based on the same GPS technology behind the automatic announcements recently rolled on London buses. Passengers will also be able to get bus times by text message for a 12p fee.
But not all stops will get the new screens – only selected stops will get them, and many stops which currently have the old Countdown boards will miss out.
In Charlton, stops around Charlton station and near Charlton Lane will get the new service, as well as stops by the shopping parade on Shooters Hill Road.
But no boards will be provided on Charlton Road, The Village, Charlton Park Road or Hillreach, meaning users of the busy 53, 54 and 422 routes will miss out. TfL says the locations were decided after discussions with each borough. The nearest screens on those routes will be at Blackheath Royal Standard and Woolwich town centre.
Nearby, Greenwich and Lewisham town centres, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Blackheath Village will also get the new screens, which will be introduced over the next two years. More details and maps are on the TfL website.