The iconic London bus is helping to improve traffic in the Capital as Transport for London (TfL) starts a trial of displaying live traffic information on the back of buses.

In a world first, a number of buses on route 344 are displaying real-time traffic information using digital information boards.

This innovative technology is being trialled on buses between Clapham Junction and Liverpool Street to provide London’s drivers with a new source of information to help avoid congestion and improve their journeys and the reliability and efficiency of the roads.

The buses have been fitted with electronic boards which use GPS technology to give accurate and up-to-date traffic information. The information is taken from the TfL Variable Message Sign network, which is fed by TfL’s 24-hour traffic control centre.

If successful, this could be expanded across London.

Garrett Emmerson, TfL’s chief operating officer for surface transport, said: “This innovative use of one of the Capital’s most iconic features – the London bus – will help all road users.

“We’re focused on keeping London moving and on giving drivers real-time information through a range of channels to help them avoid congested roads and reduce wasted time and needless pollution from idling cars.”