Underground Overground

When I first became a London-going train-riding commuter person, I quickly worked out that the most efficient way to travel the mile-and-a-half from Waterloo station to the office was to walk, which is what I normally do when it isn’t raining: If it is raining, then I use the underground. One look at the bus queue outside Waterloo had convinced me that I’d be in the queue longer than it took to walk, so I discounted it.

The other day I decided that now I’ve got some more experience of how public transport in London works, it might be worth looking at the busses again: I discovered that what had seemed to the novice to be a pretty chaotic queuing system was actually well planned and organised. The route I take to work operates bendy busses, which have three doors. Not only do three queues form – there are actually three stops and three shelters, spaced so that each door opens right in front of the queue. The bus is quicker, drops me even closer to work than the underground (right outside Mungo’s Breakfast Shop, in fact), and is almost half the price (90p compared to 1-50 for the tube). Public transport in London is pretty cheap – at least compared to Southampton – but a 60 pees saving isn’t to be sneezed at.

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