Now There's A Thing!
Wednesday, 16 February 2022
Furture Bus - Saint Or King?
Well, the bus definitely says that it is going to Kings Cross and Robert Munster's timetable says it is going to Kings Cross ...
But, again, according to Robert ...
... the 63 starts at St Pancras! TfL agrees.
A knowledgeable London bus passenger will understand straight away.
But an average apprehensive arrival might apply an anguished approach. The problem is simple, really; the problem is caused by the sad fact that neither St Pancras nor Kings Cross has a bus station.
So after hours and hours of painstaking research (well, a fair amount of Monday's non-domestic time), fbb can inform his excited readers that he has resolved the problem.
We can therefore (virtually) arrive at Kings Cross, namely the York Way stop, which is located on the east wall of the main line station. It (the stop, not the station!) is not very imposing.
But we can now do what passengers cannot as they have been turfed out at the York Way shelter. Thanks to the wonders of Google Streetview, we can drive, in our imagination, further along York Way, gazing lovingly at the roof of Kings Cross as we pass by.
... so called because it was once the "Way" that "Goods" found their path into the extensive freight handling facilities at the two terminals. The line of the road has changed ...
... but you can get the broad picture.
Soon the great slab of the International platforms at St Pancras appear ahead of us ...
After leaving the Midland Road stop, the 63 then stops right in front of Kings Cross station.
But if you search under "Islington" (obvious innit?) you can ...
Can things be made somewhat easier?
fbb thinks they can, and is working on a solution. More to follow in due course!
The Future For Route 84
To be withdrawn by Metroline at the end of March, this historic service is to be saved, in part; thanks to Sullivan Buses of South Mimms.
No timetable is yet published, but bus watchers reckon that an hourly headway will replace the present half hourly times, meaning the service can be run with two buses in steam.
Lets hope Sullivan can make it work, and more importantly, make it pay!
A few more London snippets tomorrow including another servicer equipped completely with electric buses.
Next Potter Bar etc blog : Thursday 17th February