Posts Tagged ‘bus’

London buses: no longer accepting cash

February 3rd, 2014 22 Comments By Mof Gimmers

oyster swipe London buses: no longer accepting cashLondon bus drivers won’t be accepting cash fares from passengers as soon as this summer, according to Transport for London (TfL). This news comes on the back of only one third of people polled being supportive of the idea.

Soon, if you want to ride the bus, you will only be able to do so with an Oyster Card or with contactless debit or credit card payments. With other cities, like Manchester, moving toward similar systems to Oyster Cards, this could be rolling out across the country in the next couple of years.

The TfL say that only 1% of journeys are paid for with cash, so this isn’t going to affect many people and that it will provide millions in savings for the transport service.

Leon Daniels, managing director for TfL’s Surface Transport said: “The decision to stop accepting cash fares on London buses reflects the changing way that people pay for goods and services in our city, including journeys on the bus network.”

The great news for the people of London is that they will now be able to travel in complete silence and avoid talking to anyone at all from now on, which is something they seem to glumly revel in.

ASA to ban zombie bus for being too scary?

October 22nd, 2013 4 Comments By Mof Gimmers

Zombie+bus+ 300x164 ASA to ban zombie bus for being too scary?The Advertising Standards Authority is looking at banning a bus thanks to a load of wimps complaining about an advert on the side for being too scary. The complaints relate to Tulleys Farm Shocktober Fest, which is currently on over one hundred buses.

Stuart Beare, organiser of the Tulleys Farm Shocktober Fest event, said: ”The image of the zombie girl on our advertising is no worse than many images you’ll see at this time of year in newspapers and magazines, on the Halloween costumes in the supermarket aisles and even on kids’ TV programmes.”

“We have been running our Halloween events for over 15 years, and they are extremely popular, with up to 5,000 people a night going through the six haunted houses and rides.”

“We are waiting for the Advertising Standards Authority to come back to us with their judgment to see if we have to take the ads off the buses.”

An Advertising Standards Authority spokeswoman said: “We have received three complaints about the Tulleys Farm Halloween bus ads so far. We had complaints about the same ad last year, and we did not find that there were grounds for an investigation. While it’s possible the outcome will be the same this time, we will thoroughly assess each complaint we receive at this point until a decision has been made.”

Some people deserve to be frightened to a very literal death for being too wimpish, so we can only hope the ASA ignore this pointless bluster.

Who fancies watching Worinedlve at the cinema?

July 30th, 2013 10 Comments By Mof Gimmers

No-one is really bothered about the new Wolverine film (face it – he’s the Status Quo of superheroes), but, thanks to a cock-up by the people who put the adverts on buses, the next installment is inevitably about to get more press that it would’ve.

Starring ‘Human Ghjac‘ too!
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Commercial Break: All aboard the Danish dream bus…

September 14th, 2012 1 Comment By Andy Dawson

Here in the UK, bus travel is seen as the poor cousin of the train, the plane and the hovercraft, but in Denmark, it looks as though things are very different, as this ad for the super-cool Midttrafik bus company proves.

Very nice seats! Designer bells with cool functions! Free handles! Such a contrast to the unconscious heroin users, seat-snaffling fatties and false-armed self-strokers that are clogging up our own buses over here.

Broken Britain, meet Dynamic Denmark. And weep into that discarded kebab that’s on the floor of your bus.

TfL trial bus timetable app

September 7th, 2011 6 Comments By Mof Gimmers

47861821 nbfl no 08 broadgate 140510 300x167 TfL trial bus timetable app

Despite great advances in technology in almost all areas of our lives, one thing that remains crashingly antiquated is our wheezing public transport system.

In particular, our buses are a farce. They stink, are filled with hideous, wretched humans and never, ever arrive when they’re supposed to.

Still better than walking though.

So with that, Transport for London are using smartphone technology to help you catch one of these human battery farms on wheels. TfL is trialling a ‘countdown’ service, which lets you know when the next bus is supposed to arrive at your chosen stop, which means you can leg it for the bus or watch your life ebb away while you stand motionlessly sobbing at the bus-stop.

The Guardian reports that the service’s existence leaked out after an internal memo was sent to all TfL staff telling them about it, at countdown.tfl.gov.uk. As well as the beta site, there’s also a mobile test version, which looks to be ‘developers only’ at the moment.

Much like Edinburgh’s MyBusTracker, this will enable you to know when your next bus is due. Basically, enter your street, postcode, route number or bus stop code and it’ll tell you what you need to know.

Apparently, once the system is fully working, you’ll be able to send a text with your bus stop code to receive realtime bus arrival times for that stop, according to TfL.

Now, all we need is everywhere else to sort an app out, seeing as the vast majority of Britain doesn’t live in London and Edinburgh.

Commercial Break: Cliche piled upon cliche…

August 11th, 2010 5 Comments By Andy Dawson

YAAWWWN! Here’s yet ANOTHER advert set on an American bus, starring a bagpipe-wielding Scottish-Korean man and a zombie arguing the toss with each other.

When are the ad agencies going to get their heads out of their arses and realise that the viewing public can handle concepts that are a bit more complex and sophisticated than this?

How about having the Scottish-Korean man and the zombie arguing on a train? Or in the departures lounge at an airport? Or at a sporting event of some kind?

It’s ALWAYS the bus with these people. Always.

The greatest bus in the universe is coming

August 3rd, 2010 16 Comments By Paul Smith

Forget the jetpacks for just a moment, this is how your getting to work in 2030. It’s a 3d fast bus, or a ‘straddling’ bus, and it’s quite possibly the greatest bus every to adorn the planet. Actually, we can’t think of any buses that may compete for the title, and would therefore welcome your suggestions. It certainly beats Boris’s London Routemasters into a cocked a hat, and it’s the future of transport in Beijing’s Mentougou District:

straddling bus The greatest bus in the universe is coming

The pilot scheme will see a 40km long path built for the bus, which will carry up to 1,400 commuters at a time, while still allowing traffic to pass by. Or under. Or through. Whatever. It will cost just 10% of building the equivalent length of subway, and could reduce traffic jams by nearly a third. To be honest, it could also be an entirely made-up story plucked from the pages of the now-defunct News without News, in that you don’t need a single word of copy to know what the story is:

Bitterwallet straddling bus no idea what that says 360x500 The greatest bus in the universe is coming[ChinaHush] via [Engadget]