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3 minutes ago, Ullman said:

My last bus back from town on a Friday and Saturday night used to go through to Boothferry Estate where most of my mates lived.

It was a riot on wheels. I swear sometimes it felt like it was going over (a sensation probably exaggerated by the evening's beer). 

Buses in the evening?  Another strange and exotic land!  Next thing is you will be pulling my leg with tales of buses allegedly running on Sundays! 

The only destination I see on buses round here at times other than during the day, six days a week, is "Not-in-Service"  I presume this is an obscure village - a bit like, say, Ashton-in-Makerfield or Sherburn-in-Elmet - but I have yet to pinpoint it on any map of Wiltshire.  Nevertheless, I envy them their level of service!

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Off to get the bus into town now. Expect a Kevin Turvey style on the spot report.

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I had no idea there was snobbery thing about the bus. As well described, the bus provision in London is excellent and great value. I know it is far dodgier elsewhere.

That said, let's not get too excited about London buses. They are still far too slow on many routes because of the congestion and inadequacy of the roads. If you live in a small town you simply wouldn't entertain the idea of it taking 1h15 - 1h30 to travel 6-7 miles.


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22 minutes ago, Just Browny said:

I had no idea there was snobbery thing about the bus. As well described, the bus provision in London is excellent and great value. I know it is far dodgier elsewhere.

That said, let's not get too excited about London buses. They are still far too slow on many routes because of the congestion and inadequacy of the roads. If you live in a small town you simply wouldn't entertain the idea of it taking 1h15 - 1h30 to travel 6-7 miles.

The slowness is often due to 21st century traffic levels mixing with olde-worlde street patterns and some of the most hopeless car drivers I've ever seen. I currently work in Golders Green, where the vehicle of choice is usually a large silver MPV with an almost inevitable dent in the side and a blithely unconscious approach to the highway code.

Small towns and rural areas also tend to have longer distances between bus stops, which means that on a clear country road, a bus can get you point-to-point pretty quickly. My dad lives in the Cheviot Hills, and the bus service makes pretty decent time into Berwick, considering the route taken.

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7 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

The slowness is often due to 21st century traffic levels mixing with olde-worlde street patterns and some of the most hopeless car drivers I've ever seen. I currently work in Golders Green, where the vehicle of choice is usually a large silver MPV with an almost inevitable dent in the side and a blithely unconscious approach to the highway code.

Small towns and rural areas also tend to have longer distances between bus stops, which means that on a clear country road, a bus can get you point-to-point pretty quickly. My dad lives in the Cheviot Hills, and the bus service makes pretty decent time into Berwick, considering the route taken.

I occasionally have to go to NHS England’s HQ near Elephand and Castle in London. There’s a direct bus from Liverpool Street. On nice days I walk it and I’ve timed that I’ve beaten the bus because of the idiot works that have wrecked the traffic flow near Bank. 


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Buses here in the south of France are fab.  I can go from Quillan, which is my nearest town of any substance, to Perpignan or Carcassonne for one euro.  Air con, wifi, someone who hasn't stood too close to the deoderant, all thrown in.

 

 

 

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7 hours ago, Johnoco said:

You can get a ticket on weekends for 5 people to travel for £5. 

That is fantastic value

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Once got the local service bus from Kos town (many years ago)to go to a local beach .

Old bread van would be a good way to describe it .

Driver  must have been a retired Swedish rally driver , mate collecting peoples money had a good scam running , one for him one for the bus company , bus was overloaded going out and going back to Kos town . Two young sons had a whale of a time sliding from one side of the bus to the other along the back seat .

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2 hours ago, henage said:

Once got the local service bus from Kos town (many years ago)to go to a local beach .

Old bread van would be a good way to describe it .

Driver  must have been a retired Swedish rally driver , mate collecting peoples money had a good scam running , one for him one for the bus company , bus was overloaded going out and going back to Kos town . Two young sons had a whale of a time sliding from one side of the bus to the other along the back seat .

I had the same experience but in Corfu :D

 

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The only time I have ever been on a public bus anywhere in this country (true story) was from Bransholme to Hull City Centre, and back, on a Saturday night.

I don't think I'm able to give a true reflection of the quality of the nation's buses and the people who use them from that one "experience". 

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1 minute ago, Wiltshire Rhino said:

The only time I have ever been on a public bus anywhere in this country (true story) was from Bransholme to Hull City Centre, and back, on a Saturday night.

I don't think I'm able to give a true reflection of the quality of the nation's buses and the people who use them from that one "experience". 

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That you're still with us and able to tell the story is somewhat remarkable.

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1 minute ago, Old Frightful said:

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That you're still with us and able to tell the story is somewhat remarkable.

It's taken me years to get over it. However, after therapy, I'm now able to smile at the memory of some woman falling asleep in her kebab. 

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Hourly bus service ,  nearest stop 150 yards, 17 miles to nearest small town in either direction North or South, takes an hour, f.o.c with bus pass.

Call connect service for local off-route journeys but I've never used it. 

Small towns/ villages linked by smaller buses, very infrequent, not every day in some cases.

To get to nearest main hospital, two buses to Boston, takes close on 2 hours. To Lincoln hospital, three buses, takes 2 to 3 hours. Or bus train bus.  

Here to Wigan for DW stadium: two buses, two trains, a long walk and an overnight stay in Wigan,  allow  7 hours each way.

Daily coach service to London, takes 6 1/2 hours to Victoria, less to Golders Green, nearest stop 1 mile,  cant use bus pass. 

Mind you, its only 700 yards to the beach! 

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Had a rare night out with my other half a few weeks back, we thought we were being prudent getting the bus on the way there, 10 minute walk to the stop, 20 minute wait as it was late, 25 minute journey time as it went around the houses at a cost of £3 each for a single ticket.

Got a taxi back, took 10 minutes, cost £5.40 and was the door to door service you'd expect.

 

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They ought to give me a straw to suck when I am in London.

I came out of the underground at Wood Green the other week. It was a Saturday afternoon. I couldnt believe the hustle and bustle. There were buses,  taxi's and cars hooting. A general melee of people AND THEY'VE GOT ELECTRICITY AND EVERYHING THERE! I genuinely was surprised but what really blew my mind was that I boarded a bus to Skolars ground and used my free West Midlands bus pass. No, it wasnt being able to use the said bus pass it was the fact that the bus service was EVERY 8 mins TWENTY FOUR HOURS A DAY! .

That got me to wondering where do all the bus drivers live? How can they afford to live within commuting distance of their bus depot?


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On 7/7/2018 at 10:29 AM, Old Frightful said:

When you say "bus", do you mean them peasant wagon things?

Says the bloke whose idea of exclusive transport is riding his pushbike to the pub.


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One of the issues in London is where to keep the buses

It is one of the factors in running night services because these were rare until the 80's. LT did not run Saturday night as they consider the service was for workers not socialising.

Most of the companies work out garage space is in effect room for complete fleet minus those required at night

It is however a problem at Xmas when services are thinner and they have to be left in the street

Arriva Midlands in my area however have the opposite problem as they consider 7pm to be too late to run most services and Staffordshire Council do not consider that or anything else to be their responsibility   

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Just now, Ullman said:

Says the bloke whose idea of exclusive transport is riding his pushbike to the pub.

It's a great experience.

The way there is usually a pleasant journey as I pass most other road users sat in traffic queues, mainly facing the other direction as I'm heading into town as they head home.

The return journey is usually a less pleasant, pothole dodging expletive filled obstacle course as people pull out from side roads, change lanes without seeing me and generally behave like dickheads towards all cyclists.


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I catch 4 buses a day mon to fri to get to and from work.

My experience is that the morning buses are usually ok and on time whilst my experience with the evening buses is exactly the opposite of that.

I have used the buses in and around Blackburn for the last 40 or so years (since high school) and I am of the opinion that the current service is the worst it's ever been.

 


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About 20 odd years ago, me and a group of friends used to get the same bus from Hull city centre regularly on a Saturday night around 11pm. It was the only bus that had a route round the estate down Mizzen Road where I used to live on the northern outskirts of Hull. It started out as a Kingston Upon Hull City Transport number 16 service.

It must have been losing money as this particular night was the only time it was anything like full. Eventually, KHCT decided to ditch the service and East Yorkshire Motor Services took over running it, renumbering it as the number 7 service.

The first Saturday it ran, we all piled on in Hull Station and headed back to my mate's house which was down a narrow cul de sac. We expected to have to get off a couple of stops before the Mizzen Road turn off as he lived on the next estate to mine.

As the bus approached his estate however, the driver slowed down, clearly unfamiliar with the area and asked which road Mizzen Road was. We gleefully directed him down my pal's street which is one of the narrowest you can imagine with parked cars down both sides and also, a dead end. As our hero driver in his double decker swung and veered his way down the street, somehow missing various parked vehicles, there was plenty of curtain twitching as anxious car owners wondered which moron was driving a bus down a dead end nearing midnight.

As he came to the end of the street, he muttered "You lousy set of bastards" as we all got off thanking him for his courtesy and then  directed him to perform a surprisingly successful three point turn.

Miraculously, not one bus or parked car was damaged during this unexpected private drop off.

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50 minutes ago, Old Frightful said:

About 20 odd years ago, me and a group of friends used to get the same bus from Hull city centre regularly on a Saturday night around 11pm. It was the only bus that had a route round the estate down Mizzen Road where I used to live on the northern outskirts of Hull. It started out as a Kingston Upon Hull City Transport number 16 service.

It must have been losing money as this particular night was the only time it was anything like full. Eventually, KHCT decided to ditch the service and East Yorkshire Motor Services took over running it, renumbering it as the number 7 service.

The first Saturday it ran, we all piled on in Hull Station and headed back to my mate's house which was down a narrow cul de sac. We expected to have to get off a couple of stops before the Mizzen Road turn off as he lived on the next estate to mine.

As the bus approached his estate however, the driver slowed down, clearly unfamiliar with the area and asked which road Mizzen Road was. We gleefully directed him down my pal's street which is one of the narrowest you can imagine with parked cars down both sides and also, a dead end. As our hero driver in his double decker swung and veered his way down the street, somehow missing various parked vehicles, there was plenty of curtain twitching as anxious car owners wondered which moron was driving a bus down a dead end nearing midnight.

As he came to the end of the street, he muttered "You lousy set of bastards" as we all got off thanking him for his courtesy and then  directed him to perform a surprisingly successful three point turn.

Miraculously, not one bus or parked car was damaged during this unexpected private drop off.

I wonder if he appreciated the irony when he got to Compass Road.

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Buses and the 'subway' are plentiful and wonderful in Singapore. Cheap as anything and all have delicious aircon.

Theres even an express bus in the morning that takes me straight to work which is nice.

A great thing is the apps that enhance the bus service, tell it where you are and itll tell you what bus to take and when itll arrive. Brilliant, does this exist in the UK?

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