A lovely day to be out and about if you didn’t have anything too pressing to do – unfortunately for many, the last Saturday before Christmas doesn’t fall into that category. I enjoyed my birds-eye view by bus of Blackheath in the snow, though, and walking through Greenwich Park was great fun.
But… oh-oh, it’s Boris! On Twitter!
Ignoring the fact that none of this goes down well in areas of London not served by the Tube, it was blatantly nonsense anyway…
…with Brent Cross shopping centre also forced to close. Not “open for Christmas shopping”, then.
Of course, he – or whichever PR person operates his Twitter feed – has form for talking crap like this – remember last year’s south London snowfall, which went almost completely unacknowledged by Boris or TfL?
As for the buses – some are working, some aren’t. It’s a bit hit and miss, but the fewer hills and the fewer back roads you’re on, the better chance you have of getting anywhere. But don’t go expecting to find info on those that aren’t working. For example, route 386…
…which is actually very much disrupted, not serving the leg between Blackheath Standard, Greenwich town centre and Blackheath Village because of the slippery conditions. In fact, here’s a 386 looking sorry for itself at Blackheath Standard about 45 minutes ago.
So why isn’t TfL distributing this kind of information about buses? Its controllers know where buses are turning around, so why can’t this information be shared with the public?
Indeed, one London bus operator does it on its own initiative – Metrobus, which runs a collection of south London routes, particularly around Bromley, Croydon and Orpington, was regularly updating its Facebook page with lists of what was running and what wasn’t.
So if it’s easy for one firm to do this, why can’t TfL do it centrally? Maybe if it did that, the chairman of Transport for London, a Mr Boris Johnson, might be able to look at it and then think again before crowing about how well he thinks TfL is doing in the snow.