I recall to mind a rail-replacement bus very like this (ex the plush interior) from Winchester all the way to London Waterloo. The damned thing was memorably incredibly noisy (I assumed it was faulty), cold, draughty and reeked of diesel and other-people’s fags. I was heading to Earl’s Court to join the back of the queue to fuck Matt Hancock’s mum in Cheshire, and so I asked the driver if he could let me off at the nearest point to walk the last bit, make-up a bit of lost time - he refused to let anyone off anywhere until we got to Waterloo…
*I may be misremembering one or two minor details in this anecdote.
A bit of a crossover with politics and buses - that ought to please @MonitorGold10
A few days ago I saw some hooting gammon on Twitter trying to argue that the proposals to extend the ULEZ to the M25 was “an attack on the poorest members of society”. No, you absolute boner, the poorer people in London don’t have a car, but they do absolutely rely on the bus.
Hence a lot of folk being worried by upcoming cuts to bus services. There’s no doubt that TfL is in trouble after covid and the Tories playing politics with the services, and I guess the money has to come from somewhere, but cutting buses is the absolute worst idea IMO.
So I think this, while not perfect, will come as a relief to a lot of people
TfL have concluded to leave most although not all bus routes unchanged. Good news for me as my bus (24) to work in Victoria Street was planned to be renumbered and routed a different way from Parliament Sq.
I live in Streatham and there does need to be some rationalisation of bus services. There are times when Streatham High Road and Brixton Hill are one continuous snake of buses all a third full. Without cutting local routes and those routes served by one bus proper application of modern software needs to be applied to get this duplication under control. I use the buses a lot and my car as little as possible but I still need it as a pensioner so extending ULEZ to the M25 means I have to buy a new car. Who is going to pay for it? It is impossible to manufacture a replacement car with less pollution to the planet than mine will kick out if I live to be 100 and still be driving with my current usage.There are thousands like me with older cars that if replaced would cause more damage to the planet than if they were kept running.
This is a complex issue and there is no one suit fits all answer which is why it is beyond the grasp of politicians.
We had a decent network in Christchurch-Bournemouth-Poole when I was growing-up. I was 5 when they shut it down, but even as a kid I thought it was odd to get rid of these things cos they smelled much better (no diesel fumes), were quieter, and seemed more ‘futuristic’ somehow.