fbb is, of course, only joking!
Or is he ...?
From here the 24 does its tourist thing via Charing Cross Road, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall ...
fbb remembers "the good old days" when we all could toddle up the steps in the corner of Horse Guards Parade ...
... and wander along the full length of Downing Street, smiling sheepishly at the (unarmed) policeman standing "guard" by that famous front door.
In 1982 access was restricted with railings and a demountable gate. This was replaced by the current black steel gates in 1989.
The increase in security was due to an increase in violence, particularly by the IRA. But the public right of way along Downing Street has never been withdrawn or subject to a gating order under the Highways Act 1980. The road retains the status of a public highway maintained by Westminster City Council.
But try exercising that right of access! fbb will visit you in "The Scrubs"!
On our No 24 bus, however, we merely chug by, continuing forward to pass the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey before rolling along Victoria Street to Victoria Station, where we stop on Vauxhall Bridge Road (follow the white van) and not in the bus station (straight ahead).
Really? fbb is preparing a blog which suggests, rather pointedly, that "not telling the public" is particularly endemic in the bus industry. Of course, if fbb's contention is that this aggro had nothing to do with the public, but is a piece of stroppy bell-wringing bueaucracy, then the upcoming blog will be explain nothing.
Our readers will decide. fbb is waiting for a final piece of information.