Kognitio is all about dealing with data, and we decided to put our tools to the test by looking at London's buses. We wanted to know: What is the worst bus stop in London?

We looked at 4,938,534,706 data points, 19,687 individual bus stops, 675 bus routes and 9,641 buses. A snapshot of three months of bus journeys in London. That's a lot of data. The results of our research are below.

Take a look at the best and worst bus routes, stops and regions - and see where your postcode ranks against the rest of London.

Wondering how we analyzed the data? Check out the explanation in this blog.

late stops

late stops

It's no secret that some buses run late in London. But which stops in London are the worst for late arrivals? We took a look at each zone, to find the worst offenders.

  • zone 1
  • zone 2
  • zone 3
  • zone 4
  • zone 5
  • zone 6
  • zone 7
early stops

early stops

Is there anything more annoying than a late bus? How about an early bus? Buses which arrive early can be just as problematic as late buses. They both lead to irregular service and disruption to your planned journey. These are the worst stops for early arrivals.

  • zone 1
  • zone 2
  • zone 3
  • zone 4
  • zone 5
  • zone 6
  • zone 7
routes which failed to start on time

routes which failed to start on time

Now we know the worst performing stops, let's get an idea of the worst performing routes. If a route fails to start on time, it's unlikely to make up its time on the journey. These are the routes which most regularly failed to start on time.

routes which failed to end on time

routes which failed to end on time

Failing to start on time clearly limits the chances of arriving on time, but what about delays during the route? These are the routes which most commonly failed to finish on time.

the least punctual routes

the least punctual routes

Bringing together the late starters, and the late finishers, we can confidently say that these are the bus routes which are most likely to mean you arrive late to work.

the most punctual routes

the most punctual routes

Let's break up the despair a bit and celebrate those bus routes which are the best performing. If your route has made this list, then congratulations! You are among the most punctual bus passengers in London.

the most reliable post codes

the most reliable post codes

With all the individual stops and larger routes accounted for, which of London's post codes is home to the most reliable bus services?

the least reliable post codes

the least reliable post codes

If you live in one of these post codes, perhaps it's time to move somewhere with a better bus service. These post codes are home to the most delayed buses in all of London.

worst stop

worst stop

Bringing together all late arrivals and early departures, we get a much better sense of the all-round least reliable bus stops.
Without further ado, we can confirm that the Worst Bus Stop in London is:
Ringway (Zone 4)
Only 4% of the buses at this stop were on time based on TFL's timetable.