I don’t know who sets the bus timetables – a delegation from the Wee Frees maybe? – but I think they’re going to have to revise their Sunday provision to account for those of us who don’t spend our Sabbaths reading the bible and contemplating the end times. The other half and I tried to take a bus up to town yesterday to see the final stage of the Tour of Britain. We weren’t alone. There were several people waiting at the bus stop, and more to the point there were more people in the first bus that came along than the bus could safely hold so the driver wouldn’t open the doors except to let people out, which was fair enough. In the end we ended up walking rather than wait ‘eight to ten minutes’ for the next bus to come along and turn out to be just as full. Coming back, with the crowd from the cycle race plus the massed throngs who had attended the Regents St festival, not to mention the approximately 5 billion visitors to London and the usual crowd of shoppers and demonstrators and actual workers, it was the same story. First bus too full to get above 5 MPH, second bus along in rather a long time.
I know we don’t want to rush these things, but the Sunday trading laws have been deregulated since the eighties. Perhaps it’s time for the buses to catch up? Just a thought.
Meanwhile, in case any of you were wondering what I look like when cycling to the station every morning:
… just imagine the exact opposite of this and you’re about there.