Manchester Bus Times

I was browsing the other day when I came across an interesting post – someone had written a bus times application for Manchester.

As a Mancunian who chooses not to own a car, making buses easy to use is something I’m quite interested in – finding a list of the times a bus arrives at particular stop involves downloading a PDF from the TFGM Bus Times Leaflet Library and then interpreting that PDF to work out what it’s actually trying to tell you – certainly not a pinnacle of web 2.0 user experience!

The Manchester Bus Times application makes it all very simple:

  • You enter a bus number
  • You choose a stop
  • It gives you a list of times
  • You catch your bus.
The website makes it easy to quickly and easily find bus times all over Manchester

The website makes it easy to quickly and easily find bus times all over Manchester

What’s great about this open source application (AGPL/Apache), is that it’s using publicly released data from GMPTE, and is applying it in an useful and effective way.

I got in touch with the developer, to see if there was anything we could do to help, to find that Stockport-based GCSE student, Kieran Mather had developed it just to “solve a problem [he] had getting to school. “

Supporting the next generation of coders and techies is something I have strong feelings about, whilst improving the accessibility of public services through civic-minded coding is a very honourable thing and so it’s great that we can combine the two and sponsor Kieran some hosting on BigV – to see how he can develop it further.

Manchester Bus Times can be found at: http://buses.codedump.eu/

(Github)