|As I approached across Putney Common the first of the two buses moved off|
|My mount to Oxford Circus, London General Wright bodied Volvo hybrid WHV34|
|Crossing Oxford Circus|
opposite Carnaby Street we arrived at Margaret Street just beyond Oxford Circus at 1559. This was actually a quicker trip than booked on the timetable which says it takes 66 minutes.
|The No 22 just about to turn left to do a circuit to restart its journey near Oxford Circus|
To get to the starting point of the No 23 I had to once again get to the Aldwych. So I started to walk down Regent Street with its throng of pedestrians which was quite heavy going. At the bottom of Regent Street a 23 going to the Aldwych appeared so I jumped on that and alighted at Drury Lane.
Once I had crossed the road to be in front of Somerset House I could see a No 23 waiting 'for me' in the distance. Indeed, the bus stop I needed was not the nearer of the two and when I arrived at that stop at 1628 the countdown display said it would be a 10 minute wait.
|The bus countdown display showing by this time an 8 minute wait|
|The No 23 arriving at the Aldwych from its lay-over spot just a bit further back|
The No 23 is owned by Tower Transit and this was only the second in the sequence that has been operated by that company. The other also ends in a 3, the thirteen. The bus was No 33787 an AD Enviro 400 with the fleet number originally in the Firstbus sequence but is not part of that company now. We left the Aldwych at 1633 and were surprisingly brisk along the Strand to Trafalgar Square and even Oxford Street was less choked than on previous visits. However, once the bus gets beyond Paddington into Notting Hill Gate and Ladbroke Grove it takes quite a tortuous route and it was not until 1749 that we arrived opposite the home of the bus, the Westbourne Park bus garage, where the bus terminated.
|The final stop of the No 23 with Westbourne Park bus garage behind me|