Through October, in collaboration with R-U here? we’ve been taking to the bus, journeying and chatting with passengers. Recording images on http://www.R-U.org.uk and the instagram link.
I used to commute daily by bus, up to an hour and a half each way on a good day, involving two buses and some walking. My circumstances changed and I needed that time to be spent elsewhere so took to the car. It is hard to get back to the bus after cocooning myself with my choice of temperature control and sound; but it was not long before got back into the routine and being able to read on the commute.
Office space changed and the car returned to main mode of commute as the number of buses was severely cut, and my hours would not fit with the revised diminished timetable.
Now this route has been cut entirely.
It was not without a sigh that on the first working day after the removal of the bus the main road route had it’s bigger smarter buses diverted past our abandoned stops! It felt like salt was being rubbed into our collective wound of disconnection.
Now a few months on, the time table frames have been removed from telegraph poles, green mossy, lichen patches are the tell tale remains, stenciled in place by those frames.
Lonely bus shelters along the route, maybe useful for the school coach queue, but most of the day useless in the layby, awaiting a new life as a notice board, perhaps.
In recognition of the lost route, the invitation is out – join us and walk a section of the route, 2 November 2019, Saturday morning circular route. How many former bus stops do you spot? Can we come up with alternative ways to share lifts?