What’s that plinky plonky banjo sound? Yep it’s a new website explainer video!

TfL’s new website, which we looked at in beta back in July 2013, is now live and it’ll surely have been seen already by many of the London readers amongst you.

The TfL site has been used by two million visitors whilst in beta. That’s no mean achievement and indicative of just what a challenge the TFL website undergoes on a daily basis.

In April 2013, the TFL website had 20m visitors every month. That’s every Londoner visiting more than twice. 

The new site includes some really good features that vastly improve TfL’s ability to present information to the traveller. 

Let’s have a look at the new site.

First of all, here’s that plinky plonky video.

The challenge:

Phil Young, head of online at TfL writes the following on the TfL blog:

What people really wanted was a great Journey Planner, maps, live travel information, localised and personalised content – all on their device of choice.

We needed to be great at catering for mobiles, tablets, laptops and desktops.

The big changes:

User journey

As dictated by user behaviour, journey planner is front and centre and now uses Google Maps.

tfl home journey planner 

The Google Maps integration is great because it allows for street view, too, so not only can you find information about your nearest bus stop, but you can take a trial run to it.

tfl google maps 

Realtime 

Live travel information is shown from across the network. This includes arrivals shown for buses, too. 

Personalisation

You can save your most used stops as favourites and they will be pinned to the homepage. This level of personalisation is perfect for travel, something that for lots of us involves taking a number of familiar routes on a regular basis. Checking for arrivals and engineering works should be a lot easier.

tfl past journeys 

Location-based 

Location based departure information includes Boris Bike docking stations, too, and all shown on the map. 

Across devices 

The main change is the look and feel, optimised across devices. The site feels very spacious because of this mobile optimised design. Even on desktop, lots of features like menus are pop out, to save space on the page. 

Search 

There’s a new search functionality, should the nicely designed UX still flummox you.

My favourite bit?

I can select my walking speed.

Seeing as the Econsultancy London office is on Oxford Street, better set that to slow.

tfl walking speed

Take a look at the site and let us know what you think.