|Stagecoach London 13092 at Surrey Quays Leisure Centre|
|Display showing next bus should be the No 47|
|Bus stop where I disembarked on my last days work|
This was as expected one of the 13xxx of Stagecoach based at Catford Garage which is the ultimate destination of the route. Many years previously it was of two routes that used to terminate at the George in Farnborough and I'd catch it many times to go shopping in Bromley. On Sunday's we used to get many people from 'up the smoke' walking around Farnborough village and going down the fields by St Giles Church. We had a cafe at the end of the parade of shops, which did a roaring trade on these occasions and at least one of my colleagues in the 1st Farnborough Scout troop worked. Still I digress nowadays the bus still links Shoreditch with Deptford and Lewisham but no longer reaches as far south as Bromley, let alone Farnborough. I boarded Stagecoach 13092 at 1112 and fairly soon whilst travelling towards Deptford a dark Range Rover with police motorcycle escort passed by going West. It wasn't possible to discern who was inside were they royal or governmental? It took around 20 minutes to reach Lewisham station and after passing through Lewisham we terminated at Catford garage at 1154.
|My No 47 turning into the bus garage at Catford|
|In front a London General 171 waiting to go |
back to Holborn, Whilst behind Stagecoach 13092 at Catford garage
|Waiting in the rain on |
southern side of London bridge
|A No 47 arriving at stop M|
The bus route is what it says on the 'tin' it does actually start on London Bridge at stop M and my walk down Borough High Street in the cold rain was fruitless.
|Arriva LT345 'Boris bus' arriving on London Bridge|
The No 48 is an Arriva operated ' Boris' bus and my mount for this journey was LT 345 which departed at 1321. I had recently experienced very slow progress around the roadworks between London Bridge and Liverpool street but it must have been down to the time of day and this time it was fairly brisk. Indeed after passing through Hackney and beside Clapton pond we arrived in the Lea Valley park at 1410 and reached Walthamstow Central at 1432, so barely more than an hour all told.
|LT345 having arrived at Walthamstow central bus station|
|At Walthamstow bus station LT345 parked|
behind another with a Tower Transit Dart in foreground