However, today I managed to catch the 1141 to Norwood Junction and there change to the 1201 to London bridge; the starting point for the No 43 to Friern Barnet.
|My mount from the Shard to Friern Barnet|
|The glorious view over London briefly snatched between houses at Muswell Hill|
There is then a slow descent towards the North Circular road before climbing once again towards Barnet. The bus arrived here at 1412, almost an hour and three quarters since departure without a change of driver and here it has its own turning circle with a portaloo for the bus drivers.
|VW1468 at Friern Barnet |
|VW1468 viewed from the copse by the portaloo|
|WVL 247 arrived before I was ready so 'snapped on the hoof.'|
|Bus stop at which the No 44 starts|
The No 44 starts from beside Victoria station in Buckingham Palace Road and I boarded a London General Volvo Wrightbus Gemini number WVL247 at 1502. We passed a good many coaches as we headed towards Chelsea Bridge Road and the Lister hospital where our twins were created. The bus crossed the river at Chelsea Bridge and turned right along Battersea High street heading to the Latchmere and then Wandsworth town centre. There was quite a hold up at the point just beyond the Battersea Heliport with emergency vehicles going hither and thither but otherwise it was a fairly painless trip onward from Wandsworth along Garratt lane to Tooting where we arrived at 1618 Tooting railway station.
|Approaching the final bus stop at Tooting railway station with a No 270 at the stop.|
|WVL247 pulling away after depositing its passengers|
To get home from here I chose the No 264 to Mitcham and then the No 127 to Mitcham Junction station and subsequently a tram to Wandle park.