Buses Due: London Bus Times UWP

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Back in 2013, Ewan looked at Buses Due for WP8, rating it a competent and focussed way of navigating London by bus. What we'd missed in the intervening years is that this was at some point ported over to a UWP application for Windows 10 Mobile. Screenshots and comments below, but in summary this is even more polished and well worth snapping up. It's ad-supported, as shown below, from which you can buy your way up to removing adverts and full journey planning across all modes of transport. 

From the Store description:

Meet London's best Bus app that is making everyone's public transport journeys easier. Buses Due provides you with live bus times and helpful transport information. Try it yourself for FREE.

• Bus times you can count on

Get live bus countdown times for bus stops nearby in London. This transit app gives you accurate bus arrival times for bus stops in London. Save your regular routes to your favourites for fast access. Check your bus timetable before setting out to avoid waiting in the cold. Know exactly when to start your journey!

• Public transport journey planner

Navigating around London using public transport has never been easier! Using our journey planner, you get the best, disruption free travel directions in advance. Want to know if your bus is on diversion? Open the app and check the service status for disruptions affecting bus routes served by your bus stop.

• Beautifully designed bus tracker app

Powered with live transit data, Buses Due has been designed with a simple user interface. It will make travelling in London a whole lot easier and faster.

Main Features:

  • Find bus stops nearby.
  • Live bus times.
  • Bus service status and disruptions.
  • Public transport journey planner.
  • Bus routes on map.
  • Favourite bus stops.
  • Live tile information.
  • Search by bus route, address, postcode or stop.
  • Choice of dark or light background display.

I gave this a spin:


Zooming into the map shows bus stops - the map can be panned, zoomed and rotated as needed; (right) searching for a bus route gives a pretty overview.


Zooming into a route shows clear arrows and landmarks/roads, though it's slightly confusing as the arrows don't correspond to bus stops (in blue) - still, when you're on the bus, I'm sure they'd reassure you that you're on the right vehicle! (right) searching in the journey planner has full quick match, to save typing.


Setting up a new journey. Other modes of transport are greyed out until you've bought the upgrade or are using the Pro version, which seems fair enough; (right) my three top bus options - who'd have thought it took so long to get across London by bus? I guess this is why the Underground exists!!


Tapping on a journey detail, the steps are clearly detailed; (right) At every bus stop, you can see the arrivals and real time updates (every 30 seconds).

Very well implemented and a top UWP application for Lumia (etc.) die-hards. Note that this also works on other Windows 10 devices, such as a Surface Go, or via Continuum if you have a lapdock.

You can grab the ad-supported, slightly restricted version here, but do consider using the in-app-purchases to support the developer. If you're in London, this looks to be an excellent transit option on Windows 10 Mobile.

Source / Credit: Microsoft