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Citymapper wants to launch a second bus route.
The London transportation app has asked Transport for London (TfL) for permission to launch a night bus route in East London in July, running between Aldgate East and Highbury & Islington.
Citymapper is best known for its eponymous app that helps users find their way through cities, but in May it took its first step into transportation itself with the launch of a pop-up bus route in central London.
The CMX1 ran for just two days around Waterloo and Blackfriars, and showcased new tech Citymapper has been quietly building to help plan and route public transportation. (Business Insider had a ride when it launched, and you can read more here.)
The bright green hopper bus came with charging points beneath the seats and a big screen showing the route – but was otherwise largely similar to existing buses.
Impact Group, the transport firm that worked with Citymapper on its first bus, has also put in an application for the route “CM2.” Starting at 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays only, it would run every 12 minutes until 5.30am the next day, and would stop at Highbury & Islington Station; Dalston Junction, Kingsland Road; Shoreditch High Street; and Aldgate East Station.
A public consultancy on the proposed route closed on June 2, but it’s not yet confirmed: TfL has yet to approve the London Service Permit required to run a bus, according to the most recent London Service Permit Bulletin (published on June 2).
London transport blog CLondoner92 previously reported on the existence of the application, and has pointed to a photo on Flickr of the bus it believes will be used for the trial. Once again, it’s bright green, but larger than the hoppers used for the first trial.
If approved, the service would be introduced on July 12. It’s not clear how long it would run for – whether it would be another two-day top-up, or if it would run for longer than CMX1.
Citymapper’s original plan for its first route was actually originally rejected, a freedom of information request published online shows. TfL said it turned it down because it was “in a congested area which is well served by existing public transport,” it “would cause delay and inconvenience to other road users,” and it was “likely to cause confusion to passengers” over its ticket fees (though in the end, the two-day pop-up was free).
TfL and Citymapper did not respond to requests for comment. The next London Service Permit bulletin is due on June 16, so stay tuned for more info.