Wednesday 11 February 2004 5.50pm
[I was only gently joking mapmaker, remembering the happy days of defending the car/damning the car.]
I agree that it is serious, especially when buses are held up. My simple mind sees a full bus and thinks "There's 20 or 30 cars not on the road. Hooray!".
If we're ever going to get London to work better, then public transport has to be an attractive option (not the option for those who can't find any other way into work, as it is at present, IMO), and buses must pay a major part (as there's no room on the tubes and trains.
But, as your post bears witness, delays to buses cause a lot of bad feeling, and that will undo any good work that tfl are trying to do (to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they are trying to make transport better).
From Luke's post, it does seem as if there will be eventual benefits to bussers. However, I wonder whether there's been a missed opportunity in communicating aims to passengers. I'm sure that you would have thought the inconvenience was more bearable if someone had put up posters or something to let you and your fellow passengers know that it was temporary and for your own eventual benefit. It seems rather amateur to do "improvements" in a way that gets passengers frustrated.
...there's plenty more c**** in the cup.