|Bus Stop C looking towards the west and |
the Woolwich Ferry roundabout
|Stagecoach 13008 arriving at Woolwich High street|
The No 51 starts from bus stop C and is run by Stagecoach and their No 13008 duly arrived at 1610. It was a wet journey throughout and for the whole run I had to frequently rub the condensation off the front window and thus no useful photographs could be obtained whilst actually 'riding the route'. Given it was a trip being taken in the near rush-hour I was expecting some hold ups but there were two parts of the journey where it was extremely slow progress. The first was Westwood lane in Welling heading towards the lights at Blackfen and then once through Blackfen as we turned left from Willesley avenue in the direction of Sidcup. Thus the journey had taken until 1744 to reach Sidcup high street. The bus driver then informed us that the bus would terminate at Critalls Corner at Foots Cray.
|Stagecoach 13008 discharging its passengers at Critalls Corner|
We arrived at 1756 at this site of abbreviated travel; we were not delayed long, however, as two minutes later Stagecoach No 12345! arrived to take us onward to Orpington and eventually to Orpington station The final stop was reached at 1824, 2 hours and 14 minutes after leaving Woolwich High street. I asked the driver when I alighted how long it should take in the rush-hour and he suggested it should be 1 hour and 20 minutes; quite a difference.
|Stagecoach 12345 at Orpington railway station about to enter bus station to layover before its return northward to the Thames|
Since I needed to help my mum that evening with her ablutions this was a convenient way to reach her and my childhood home in Orpington, despite the rain. Later I caught the No 353 to Addington interchange and then by tram to Wandle Park.