Thursday, 7 September 2017

Day 2 The Number FIVE

 Yesterday, having been thwarted by the sloth of the No 4 through the city, and the roadworks at Islington, from avoiding taking a train through zone 1 to get home, today I was determined to remain outwith the costly zone. This is easy to achieve if all one wants to do is go to Romford by taking the London Overground to Canada Water and then the Jubilee line eastbound to Canning Town. Here I swapped to the bus station to find the No 5 to Romford Market.

Canning Town Bus Station, the No 5 lays over here before running around the island to the boarding area 
The service was provided by one of the later Wrightbus Gemini 3s, WVL488, which left Canning Town for Romford at 1244. The bus traverses parts of the Borough of Newham into the Borough of Barking and Dagenham and finally reaches the easternmost Borough of Havering with Romford Market itself achieved at 1401.
Romford Market final destination of the No 5

Terminus at Romford where the No 5 turns around

 It was pretty slow going and having arrived and taken lunch it was obvious I wouldn't be able to do the next bus which would start at the Aldwych today.
It was just as well as it turned out, as having taken the No 103 to Dagenham East with the intention of returning towards London it appeared there had been a signal failure at South Kensington and the District line had severe delays. I thus alighted at West Ham and took the Jubilee line back to Canada Water, then a Crystal Palace bound London Overground to New Cross Gate and sprinted up the stairs and down to platform 3 to get a fast train to Norwood junction and homeward.

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