Keeping track of where public transport (mainly buses) currently are on routes can prove to be a troublesome task, especially if you're in an unknown location and aren't fully aware of local transport. This is where Windows Phone and travel apps come into play. We've covered a number of solutions previously, most catering for TFL (Transport for London), but we're now taking another look at Next Bus UK Live!
As the name suggests, it's an app for bus routes across the UK. Next Bus UK Live! has been available on the Windows Phone Store for some time (we last covered it in 2011), but the developer has recently published a rather large update, which we feel is definitely worthy of some time in the spotlight. The unique highlight of Next Bus UK Live! is the use of Live Tiles that detail bus times directly on the start screen.
Featuring over 370,000 bus stops (in England, Scotland and Wales), users can find the nearest stops around their current location, as well as pin desired stops to the start screen for more convenient access. The ability to search through the catalogue is present with options to go for place names, postcodes, street names and actual stop codes.
Buses can be tracked and favourites saved. If you're a frequent traveller, this is one app you'll need in your arsenal of apps. It's highly rated on the Windows Phone Store, and we'd definitely recommend checking it out. So what's new in the latest release (version 2)?
- Full searchable maps of every bus route in Great Britain
- A redesign of the user interface
- London bus disruption information
- London bus live tracking
- Search stops by stop code (as noted above)
- A number of new settings to customise the app
You can download Next Bus Live! for £1.49 from the Windows Phone Store (free trial available).