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Real time bus information

Real time systems provide information for passengers and bus operators on the progress of individual bus services.

This information is displayed on screens at some bus stops. You can see how many minutes away from the stop the bus is.

You can also get this information online or by text message.

How to tell if your bus stop is showing 'real time' information

If the display shows a message like this:

11   City Loop    6 mins

then that is a real time prediction for service 11. The bus should arrive in six minutes.

If the display shows a message like this:

BX   Friar Lane    11:13

then that is the scheduled time at that stop for the Bingham Xpress service from its timetable data.

Bus services currently operating using real time

Systems are already in place, and are currently showing timetabled times in Greater Nottingham, Ashfield, Broxtowe, Mansfield and Rushcliffe.

Nottingham City Transport

Nottingham City Transport have a large number of routes now operating on real time information.

Find further information on these routes and live bus departures on their website.

Trent Barton

Trent Barton now offer live timetable information for every stop on their website.

Accessing real time information


You can find real time information on the Traveline website.

Click on the icon of a bus with a clock at the top of the "plan your journey" box to look up live departures for any bus or tram in the UK. The times shown will be for today.

A red icon will tell you that the information about times has come live from the bus or tram.

If you see the time in blue without the icon then you are seeing the timetable time. This is likely to be because there are no buses giving live updates in that area, or it could be that the live bus times aren't working on that bus.

Text message

To find out the real time of the service you want to use you'll first need to find out the SMS code of the bus stop you'll be catching the bus from.

The SMS code will be an 8 letter code starting with nts, for example ntsadapa.

Text the SMS code to 84268. (Text cost is your normal message charge plus up to 25p for the reply.) You will receive a text back with the next three departures from your chosen stop.

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