Catching the 812
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
Not 12 Minutes Past 8? (1)
It was Roger French's "Bus and Train User Blog" that alerted fbb to this oddity. It is a bus route in London, very much in London, but is not a London Bus Route.
It does not appear on Ian Armstrong's delicious London Bus Routes pages ...
... the 812 is not acknowledged.
But deep in the bowels of his data, he does offer a route 969 ...
These routes, and the 812, operate under what is called a London Bus Permit.
Blogger Roger helpfully includes a Mike Harris map of the route, shown in GREEN because it is not a RED bus.
Sadly, with no road names on the green bits, working our where it might go is a bit of a struggle.
In fact, when it started, it was a YELLOW bus! Or so Roger says.
Perhaps Roger French, stressed beyond measure with an over abundance of station announcements, (see Bus and Train Use) ...
But no - the 812 exists and is advertised on the operator's web site ...is NOT a "circular".
HCT also provides a map ...
Obviously most of this is pretty much irrelevant as the route breathes its last this Friday, but never let such detail cause fbb to flinch from a thorough investigation. So tomorrow we will take a virtual ride on the 812 starting from Hoxton Bridport Place.
fbb can tell you that Bridport Place is not a "Place" in the accepted sense of the word, but a road in two parts.
But we will be brave. If you are part of "the community", maybe with "812 PASSENGER" tattooed on your forehead, you will know where the bus stops.
HCT Group (operators of the 812)
A circular to staff from HCT senior management
HCT Group is in advanced talks with Stagecoach about the sale of HCT's London buses business.
This work represents a very large percentage of the Group's activities. Left in the bag are Metrobus services operated for First and some tendered work in Bristol and local services in the Channel Islands.
Is the end "nigh" for the whole group?
It is not clear, at the moment, whether Stagecoach will actually seal the deal.
Next 812 blog : Wednesday 24th August