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August 10, 2016

If you live in or plan on traveling to London in the near future, you may notice a nifty new service addition to some of the city buses.

A handful of buses—specifically the ones servicing Route 344 between Clapham Junction and Liverpool Street—are undergoing a trial with a series of digital screens showcasing real-time traffic updates on the back of the bus for drivers to see.

Drivers who have a view of the bus's back window would be able to read about delays, construction updates, and other important road information. The information is an effort to reduce road congestion and help increase “reliability” on city roads.

These information signs will be on the road for six months before it's decided whether or not they'll be a permanent addition to city buses throughout London.

“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,” Garrett Emerson, London's chief operating officer for surface transport, told BBC.

Erika Owen is the Senior Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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