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Today's the last day that Routemaster buses are running on the 159 route through London. The fuss around it had been bugging me a little, since there was also a fuss made over some other routes' last days with the old fleet, and they're continuing to run on a couple of "heritage routes".

They're doing a few special services today - the bus I hopped on was RM1, the first prototype Routemaster, which usually lives in a museum. It had quite a few 'enthusiasts' on it, who were spending the day getting their money's worth on their bus passes by going the full length of the route. (One asked me if Streatham was rough, or if he'd be safe there.) But they're people who've grown up with these old workhorses, and driven them, and reckon the new-fangled, one-man-operated buses are "boxes on wheels". I can see where the emotional attatchment's coming from. And I felt a little sad when I stepped off the back of one. But not that much.

But times change. You can't really justify running a 30 year old bus that's inaccessible to wheelchair users - and is generally more cramped than a modern double decker.

Just don't get me started on bendy buses, and everything will be fine :)

kel says:

Casting judgement on the good folk of St Reatham? How dare he!

8th Dec 2005, 16:26

aidanwarner says:

bendy bus? i think you mean Mercedes Citaro.

You wouldn't buy a car called a Citaro, would you? Ugh.

8th Dec 2005, 18:29