Wednesday 17 September 2008

Bus Woes

Bloody overground bus replacement service... Had an eventful journey this morning.  Get on the bus at West Hampstead (after walking the obligatory 300 yards to the bus stop on the far side and having a bus pass me on the way).  Cool.  Going to get to Willesden with plenty of time.  Then we get to the arches just before Brondesbury and there are 3 trucks parked at the building site leaving no room for the bus to pass.  We sit there for 10-15 mins until they clear the obstruction.  Annoying, but we're back on the move. Just before we get to queens park we pass through the roadworks, and then get stuck next to another bus without the room to pass due to a 4wd parked on a yellow line.  The bus driver takes the opportunity to tell the other driver about the problems at Brondesbury.  Fine by me.  We finally pull past when the other bus moves only to be pulled over by the police.  The police officer then proceeds to berate the bus driver for not pulling through the gap, saying "If you can't get through that gap you need to retake your test".  Totally unfair in my opinion.  He also proceeds to tell the driver off for "Having a chat" and blocking traffic - all the while standing in the middle of the road with his car blocking a long queue of traffic behind him... And will they do anything about the 4wd that caused the problem in the first place (which I think was illegally parked; I didn't read the traffic signs to make sure though).  Will they fuck.