Wiki Discussion/Bus Routes And Bus Stop Annotation
Dave Arquati asks where the bus stop numbers mentioned in the individual route pages come from. Many but not all stops have a four-character ID on a little vertical yellow sign attached to the top of the bus stop sign, near the sign that tells you the name of the stop, which routes stop there, etc. These IDs seem to be unique to a pair of stops, for example [bus stop 6G02]? on bus route 74 (among others) is two stops, roughly opposite each other, on either side of Fulham Palace Road. The stops in a pair are not always this close to each other, though, and sometimes there seems to only be one stop per ID rather than two. Chris Heathcote put us up to this - see his article on the subject (which includes a photo of one of the ID signs).
- I have a query/suggestion about referencing bus stops. Although the bus stop ID is useful in identifying unique stops, it's not very helpful to someone reading it in an article, and it's also impossible to get the bus stop ID without physically going to the bus stop.
Would it be better to use the TfL official names as they appear on the stop or on the various web sources (the most useful of which are the spider maps which label every bus stop within a couple of miles)?
For example "Cromwell Road Park International Hotel" is how TfL reference the bus stop nearest to Sainsbury's, SW7 4EJ. In my reference I've just separated it with a comma.
I know it's long-winded to reference a bus stop as [Bus Stop Cromwell Road, Park International Hotel]? but it's much more meaningful than an ID number. --Dave Arquati
- I don't really mind. Make a start on it, and if it doesn't work we can change it. --Kake