|Abellio London 8880 pauses at Brentford Station on route 195. What's missing?|
|Arriva London T163 on stand at Thornton Heath Pond, preparing for another 64 journey in South London.|
|London United MCL30306 on route 203 to Hounslow Bus Station.|
Running from Staines-Hounslow Bus Station, the 203 has always been popular in linking the two shopping districts, passing through lots of residential housing in between. This fairly quiet route is now well-known to the enthusiast community, as it's allocated the only Mercedes Citaro buses in the London United fleet; in my opinion they're also some of the best examples in London, capable of high speeds along the Great South West Road, which the 203 serves. Having said that, reliability has always been an issue with these vehicles and I'm slightly worried about the future of them, especially as the equally unique Optare Tempo buses based at Hounslow (AV) garage are at risk of withdrawal. Hopefully the 203 will continue to be a significant, substantial single deck route, rather than an irrelevant residential bus that runs at out of Hounslow less frequently than it deserves, which unfortunately was the sorry state of the route before 2011.
|Stansted Express 379018 awaits departure at Tottenham Hale, bound for London Liverpool Street.|
|Abellio London 8569 pauses at Ealing Broadway Station on the E1 to Greenford.|
|A Stagecoach London E200 is seen during a blind change, showing this rather ambiguous destination.|
When I first saw the destination 'Five Ways, Green Lane' on a 314 blind change, I was completely baffled as Stagecoach don't run any routes that pass the infamous 'Fiveways' junction in Croydon. However, I later found out that there is a similar crossing in South-East London also notorious for heavy traffic, specifically in New Eltham, which the 314 passes through towards the end of its tedious journey from Addington. Blind specificity has been a controversial issue recently, with some being far too vague such as this example on the 314, where I had absolutely no clue where the bus would've been terminating if this was the actual destination, and others being inconsistently specific, like the new 266 blinds that display "Hammersmith Bus Station", which isn't shown on any of the other 10 routes terminating there. Additionally, there are actually two bus stations in Hammersmith, making this blind even more confusing and pointless! If bus nationalisation did take place, this would be one resolved issue, as all blinds would be ordered by the same people!
|Tower Transit MV38238 on route 58 to Walthamstow Central.|
|London United LT85 on Oxford Street.|
|Go-Ahead London LDP183 stands at Kennington Lane Tesco on free bus route 877.|
|ADE40308 terminates at Cromwell Road Bus Station, on a rare appearance working route 411.|
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