QR and NFC codes
Our on-street bus timetables now include a QR code and an NFC tag which can both be used to access free real-time information on your smartphone.
When you refer to one of our timetables, look out for the section at the bottom of the left-hand timetable panel, similar to the image above.
Using the QR code
If you have a smartphone with a camera, first you'll need to download an app to read QR (Quick Response) codes. Several free apps are available- search your app store for "QR code reader" or "barcode scanner".
From then on, all you need to do is load the app and aim your phone's camera at the black and white square pattern. Your phone should then find a web-link which will open up a real-time information display showing your next bus departures for the stop you're at.
Using the NFC tag
If you're lucky enough to own one of the latest phones with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, it's even easier to get live bus information. Simply make sure the NFC feature is enabled on your phone, then place it over the blue NFC icon. Your phone should detect the presence of the NFC tag (some phones make an audible 'beep') and then offer to open a web link to the real-time information.
NFC technology is included in many current mobile devices. If you're not sure whether your phone is NFC-capable, check your user manual or the manufacturer's website. If you're planning to upgrade to an NFC phone, the NFCWorld website has a comprehensive list of current and upcoming NFC-enabled phones.
Save your favourites
Once you've used a QR code or NFC tag, bookmark the stop in your web browser. Next time you travel you can view live information for your favourite stops before you set off.
We're keen to hear about your experiences using our timetables, including accessing the real-time information links on them. If you've seen and used one of our new-format timetables, please let us know what you think by completing the feedback form in the 'Bus Timetables' section of our enquiries page.