Thursday, February 8 launched

As part of a demo at the inaugural Oxford Geek Night (Update: podcasts now online at that link - hooray for immortalised mumblings!) on Wednesday night, I finally gave in and launched the project I've been working on for the last many months. is a free service that lets you find bus stops and routes on a map and look up live arrival times. It currently covers most routes in Oxfordshire and Surrey, and will hopefully be expanded in the future.

More info on LiveBus is at the about page.

Comments/questions/suggestions welcomed and encouraged.



Blogger Adam said...

Love it, very useful. Saw your demo in the Jericho Tavern last night. Cheers!

8/2/07 1:12 PM  
Anonymous Keseral said...

wow! that would be really useful... if only you had the stop in my village on there.... in oxfordshire, south of didcot, all those little villages like upton, east hagbourne and blewbury have bus-stops and local buses go around them and to didcot.

9/2/07 5:02 PM  
Blogger James Wheare said...

I think the only route I have data for that serves Didcot is the 35A/B. See if you can find your stop here:

Email me if you find it and I'll look into why it's not showing up.

9/2/07 5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried to find out where bus stop H3 was but could not get a map to load up. Please improve things....

14/7/07 6:18 PM  
Blogger davidwilcox said...

Congratulations on the New Media Award - video blogged here

25/7/07 10:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A brilliant idea but it's not working for Storrington in West Sussex where I live! Are you still developing the site?


31/7/07 1:54 PM  
Blogger James Wheare said...

Development of the site has slowed down quite a lot recently, but I hope to improve coverage soon.

31/7/07 2:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL - great that you are hacking into a commercial website for you data and then refering users to that site ( for example).

15/8/07 3:07 PM  
Anonymous Richard Craven said...

Hi James
THis is a really great site.

You should enter our National eWell-Being Awards

As I believe it would stand a good chance of winning.

Richard Craven

25/10/07 11:50 AM  
Anonymous Yogini Caroline said...

HI James,
Livebus is a great idea and a very clear and easy to use. So much better than any of our local bus websites. When is livebus coming to Dorset?
Congrats on your NM Young Inventor of the Year Award. I read about it in the latest Bryanston Newsletter, hence me checking out your site.
Best wishes, Fred's Mum.

11/2/08 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Karen Blakeman said...

Great site, but clicking on bus stops in Reading for timetables seems to link to the Oxfordshire timetables and not Reading Buses

5/5/09 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Mariusz Dydo said...

Hi, great website, help a lot, but for some reason Maps has problem to display, I'm using IE8 and maps haven't displayed at all. Regards Mario

1/7/09 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Nathan Massey said...

Just came across today. It's really useful and well designed aswell.

One thing I think would be good is to plot the route of the bus on the map. For example, you would find the bus stop you wanted to start your journey from, you click on it to see the services running from that stop and the times they arrive, then you click on a bus services number to see the route that the bus takes on the map.

You may even be able to show where the bus currently is on the route based on the arrival times at each stop (or maybe GPS data for the bus if it's available).

I'm not 100% sure how you would accomplish this technically, but the arrival time/location for the bus services are there, so i'm sure it's possible.

Oh, and a iPhone app for this would be awesome.

13/7/09 3:14 PM  

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