Thus it was at 12:49 that I boarded the No 38 bus, an Arriva New bus for London, number LT225 heading into Victoria.
|The bus stop where the No 38 starts|
|My steed to Victoria Arriva LT225|
|Sitting in my usual front right seat upstairs with Clapton Pond in view|
This was a good time travel as the roadworks had ceased in Islington and therefore the bus was now using its normal route. However, once we had joined New Oxford street the traffic came almost to a halt and it took until 14:00 until we reached the Apollo Shaftesbury avenue where I disembarked to buy some tickets. I got back onboard another No 38, LT201 at 14:07 and continued along the No 38 route until we reached Victoria bus station at 14:26.
|Pulling into the bus stand at Victoria at Journey's end|
My intention was then to take the 170 to Clapham Junction in order to reach the start of the No 39 to Putney bridge. The bus left from outside Victoria coach station at 14:40 but the closure of Chelsea Embankment for roadworks made for an incredibly slow progress with the bus stationary for long periods on kings road in particular. Arrival at Clapham Junction was not until 15:35 which was too late to take the 39 as it would soon have become dark. So I took a rebranded
Southwestern Railway train to Wimbledon and then home by tram.