Charlton misses out on Countdown bus stops

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.

9 thoughts on “Charlton misses out on Countdown bus stops

  1. Tony March 31, 2011 / 14:37

    My local stop misses out but that was predictable enough and I am sure there will be an iPhone app out soon enough so I can check before I walk out the door anyway.

    However, by the looks of things they aren’t putting the new signs in up at North Greenwich tube either… which seems insane considering the number of people who use that stop.

  2. neilclasper March 31, 2011 / 14:50

    I’ve always wondered about that – surely it’s easiest to get the accuracy right where (the majority of) the buses start?

  3. Darryl March 31, 2011 / 15:04

    I guess there’s the possibility of it all going wrong if the timetables get wrecked – if a bus is due to leave at 3pm but the driver isn’t actually going to leave until, say, 3.05pm, then it could get misleading, like the departure boards at Waterloo East and London Bridge freqently are.

    Looking wider afield, there are some odd omissions on that map. Deptford Bridge is an annoying one for me.

  4. Chris April 1, 2011 / 10:56

    When I was a lad we managed without ’em!

    Why is everyone so time obsessed? At North Greenwich its amusing watching people doing their Usain Bolt impressions in the ticket hall when they hear a train approaching, only to find it’s coming in on the opposite platform!

    And if they actually do get a train by risking cardiac infarction, what do they do with four minutes of their life they would have spent standing on the newspaper reading their Metro?

    As for buses, go to a bus stop and wait. It generally works.

    Right, off to another site to be grumpy there!

  5. Chris April 1, 2011 / 10:57

    Agggh, wish we had edit mode….’standing on the platform’…..Sigh.

    • Brenda April 1, 2011 / 16:41

      I think an edit button would be lovely.

      • Darryl April 1, 2011 / 16:52

        It would be, if there was one.

  6. Boneyboy April 1, 2011 / 15:25

    As an alternative, I can recommend the excelent “Next Bus” app by Malcolm Barclay for bus stop locations, destinations and live departure information covering the whole country. At the moment departures in London are timetable departures, not live predicted departure. Lets hope the app will be updated to tap into the new TFL information. The Next Bus app is also included in Travel Line S&E which does rail and bus journey planning for the whole of the old Br Southern and Eastern regions.

  7. Darryl April 1, 2011 / 16:52

    I can second the rave review for Next Bus – a life saver on many an occasion.

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