Live London bus information with mxData's London Bus app

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mxData, best known for their popular London Tube Map app, has released London Bus, a free app that aims to help you get around on the UK's capital ubiquitous fleet of red buses. The app covers 1,400 bus routes, providing information on the location of 20,000+ bus stops, with live arrival data provided by, and licensed from, Transport for London.

The app lets you search for bus stops by postcode, street name, route number, or stop code. For each bus stop a list of soon-to-arrive buses is shown, with route information just a single tap away, and an option to filter by routes so that you only see buses relevant to your journey. 

If you are not sure where you are there's an option to view nearby bus stops in a list form or on a map. Whether it is by search, or by GPS, once you've found a bus stop it can be added to a list of favourites, or pinned to the Start Screen, enabling you to return to it quickly. 

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The app also has a number of useful extras including a fare calculator and the option to view a current Oyster card balance. The Oyster balance can also optionally be shown on the app's Live Tile, which is a handy way of keeping track of when you might need to top up your pre-pay card.

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London Bus enters a crowded market. There are already a number of public transport apps covering London, including some which are bus specific and also use Transport for London's data to provide live arrival information, but mxData have produced a polished and competitively price app that is well worth a look for anyone who regularly travels by bus in London.

Windows Phone Store description:

mxData, makers of the multi-million download and award winning Tube Map app brings you Bus London Pro for Windows Phone 7. It is simple, straightforward and intuitive to use with LIVE information for all the 20,000+ bus stops and 1,400 routes. With Bus London you’ll never have to run for a bus again! Download it now. 

London Bus and London Bus Pro, which is available for both Windows Phone 7 and 8, can be downloaded from the Windows Phone Store. The former is an ad supported free download, while the latter is ad free and costs £0.79 / $0.99 / €0.99.