Friday, 20 October 2017

Day 12 buses 25 and 26

I got to work on the odyssey a little earlier today and having left my home station on the 1123 arrived at Stratford via the London Overground and Jubilee line at 1222. I then had only 3 minutes to wait for what is now TFL rail to Ilford. As I was leaving the station one of the new Crossrail class 345 trains arrived from Shenfield on a proving run to Liverpool Street. I checked the map on the bus stop once outside the station to find where the bus route No 25 began its journey to Oxford Circus and found I had to walk down to the opposite end of the high road part of which was now pedestrianised. The last time I was in Ilford it was to visit the town hall to discuss with the council the winter maintenance of the roads across the London Borough of Redbridge which must have been 10 years ago.
Had to board bus quickly so couldn't take picture before boarding

Looking down the pedestrianised part of Ilford High Road

I had to run for the bus which was ready to leave at 1244. The No 25 bus route is operated by Tower Transit and my service was provided by their 37844 a Volvo B9TL with Wrightbus Eclipse Gemini 2 bodywork. The route traverses Newham and into Tower Hamlets passing through Stratford at 1319. The bus stopped for a while at Bow Church DLR station whilst drivers were exchanged and we then headed west along the A11 past the London Hospital at Whitechapel and on through Aldgate to the City. The route then runs up Cornhill from Bank and along High Holborn and into Oxford Street. After turning left at Oxford Circus we then did a loop to finally disgorge the remaining passengers at 1447. The journey of over two hours was longer than the X26 I used to get regularly from almost its starting point to Heathrow airport.
Tower Transit 37844 at its final destination

In order to reach the start of the No 26 I needed to get to Waterloo station. This was easily effected by taking the  No139 bus from Regent Street, which came quite swiftly at 1455 and made good progress such that I was able to board the No 26 provided by Hackney Community Tranport No 2516 at 1517. Despite seeing buses operated by this company many times this is the first in the sequence of which I have partaken as part of my trip.
Bus stop outside Waterloo station

Hackney Community Transport No 2516 still to change destination blind

Given this bus runs along Fleet Street and past St Pauls much as the No 4 had the previous month I was expecting quite a slow journey but it was surprisingly brisk and the only real hold up happened after we had passed London Fields and were heading towards Hackney Wick through the Frampton Park estate. The bus arrived at its destination after only a fraction later than an hour's duration at 1624.
At Hackney Wick at the junction of Eastway and Chapman's road

I was a little concerned when I heard offered across the street the opportunity offered for some drugs, so I made a hasty walk towards Hackney Wick station where I took the London Overground to Stratford at 1634. This meant I reached home via Jubilee and London Overground just before 6 pm.

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