Tuesday 23 February 2010 9.51am
Another day another whinge about the C10, but I have to vent somewhere. The traffic was for some reason pretty bad this morning on the 1 between Grange Road
and Elephant, so I was running late. However as I crossed at the pedestrian lights to the St George's Road
stop I was pleased to see a C10 just pulling in.
Unfortunately, it was pulling in behind a 53 and a 453, which was itself a little back from the stop, having pulled in behind a 344 which had just gone). Only one person was getting on the C10, and present circumstances (can't really walk at any pace, hence why I'm on the bus in the first place not the tube) there was no way I was going to get to it.
I've played this game before, dash up to the bus door to find the bus has left - however the 53 and the 453 were pulling away, leaving the C10 just down the road, and me, square at the bus stop. My wild optimism that I would then be allowed to get on the bus proved unfounded.
It was not, as the C10 so often is, full - indeed there were seats. So, I signalled for the bus, but thought from the direction of travel the driver might not have seen me. I then waved my arm, complete with three foot attention-getting extension (or, you know, walking stick as it's sometimes called) very excitably as the bus approached the stop.
The bus did not, of course, stop.
I know in the grand scheme of things much worse things happen, but I can only see two possibilities here; either the bus driver has a serious eyesight problem, in which case he shouldn't be driving a bus, or he has a lack of consideration for people with physical impairments, in which case London public transport isn't really the right place for him either.