I personally think it should be a simple optional message for us to play if we feel it needs to be. The move down the bus message I'll play once or twice and if people still don't move I'll get on the PA and, politely, say if they don't move the bus won't be moving due to people at the front. They quickly move then 🤣🤣
Post by ilovelondonbuses on Jan 12, 2018 10:58:41 GMT
It is pretty much common sense for passengers to hold on to the grab poles if the bus is moving and they are standing or walking around the bus. I don't think this needed at all. I think it's going to be quite an irritant if it played after each stop.
Even if this announcement is played continuously on buses, in the long run I don't think it will make much of a difference as people will end up becoming complacent to the repetitive announcement just like some are to the other iBus announcements.
The only instance when it might be useful is for people who are going down the stairs when the bus is idle and then moves, a potentially dangerous situation if people don't hold on to the hand rails when doing so as I've evidently witnessed many tumbles/trips and sometimes falls when this happens, especially (within reason) if the driver suddenly accelerates swiftly. This is especially dangerous for those carrying heavy objects/children who logically should wait until the bus has stopped at the bus stop to go down the stairs and disembark. But then, when the inevitable happens the 'natural' thing to do is resort to blaming the driver when they're not at fault.
Perhaps there should be an announcement playing something along the lines of "Please hold on to the hand rails when using the stairs at all times. For those carrying objects or children, please wait until the bus has stopped at the bus stop to use the stairs". However being continuously subjected to an announcement this long would be a pain to endure, a thought nonetheless.
It's not just that announcements like this are annoying, they are counterproductive. The more people are subjected to repeated automated announcements, the more people just stop listening to them. They just become part of the background noise, and as a result, when an important non-routine announcement does need to be made, many people won't hear it at all.
Anyway this one seems to have been so badly implemented - given that the announcement doesn't bear any relation to when the bus is actually going to move - that it will probably be scrapped soon enough. At least I hope so
Had them on my 58. All announcements were after the bus moved off, but not too far after, almost instantly, however, clearly not before the actual bus moving. Therefore, not going to help. I am not sure how it knows, I can see from Eastlondoner62 post that it maybe 5 seconds after the usual announcement but I am not sure this is the case as times at stops were varied and the announcements came instantly after bus moved off.
Have TfL calculated how many people may jump out of top deck of buses due to the annoyance and injure themselves that way.