I can still remember the reaction when I took my mother on a Routemaster bus for the first time. It was of surprise, slightly of bemusement and much of wonder. "This is like buses used to be when I was a child" was along the lines of what she said as we sat on the top deck in 2001.
Posts about "buses"
Well it appears Friday should have been a day of celebration for the residents of Merton. For on Friday, bus company Centra London ran its last ever journies. It appears their remaining three bus services - the 200, 201 and 493 - all got new operators the following day, and the company has now given up running passenger services.
With less than a week to go before the election, you have to ponder who to vote for. Well I haven't met any of the candidates and I haven't even seen them anywhere, although Apparently the Greens did a hustings session last week. So what about literature - the stuff shoved through the door.
Things we saw and did in Glasgow.
Just recently I've noticed that London's buses - in the centre anyway - seem to be getting redder.
To be honest, we didn’t go far out of the city centre bar the bus trip to and from the airport (quick quick though) but there are a hell of a lot of buses in Glasgow – most operated by First, and including some extremely old and dubious buses in a very dark red livery. Being sad like that, I did notice that the company address did vary between buses with buses being either run by First Glasgow (No. 1) Ltd or First Glasgow (No. 2) Ltd. Both based at the same address… Quite why the split remains, who knows, and who cares. But on my return I did find out that First Glasgow (No. 1) was the former Strathclyde Buses (the former PTE operator) whist No. 2 was “Kelvin Central” – a privatised chunk of the Scottish Bus Group which was later bought by Strathclyde Buses before they sold out to First. First also operated a ‘classic bus’ tourist service operating in a livery based on that used by the old Glasgow Corporation – orange, green and cream. Their idea of ‘classic’ seemed to consist of some battered Leyland Atlanteans from the 1970s and 1980s and two London Routemasters.... View Article
I was reminded about London United taking over the 65 bus route, and this evening I found a I post about it that I made to a mailing list.
Routemasters. I've also always felt some excitment about travelling on them. Jumping on the platform... Those curved stairs. That wonderful design. Those cramped piddly seats... The fact you can't get a wheelchair on...
Anyone in London can't have missed Oystercards - the new smart card travel ticket from Transport for London. But how do you use them on London's open-backed Routemaster buses?
I seem to have rather a problem with travelling once the tube has shut so it's time for yet more epic tales of late night travel ala Bods.