It's no longer the case but before Christmas I waited a very long time quite late at night for the 78, before giving up and walking (all the way, as finally at Tower Bridge a driver speeded up and past the bus stop as we'd not quite made it there to hop on...) It was afterwards that I learnt that the stretch between Liverpool St and Aldgate was not being serviced - but was there anything to indicate this disruption??!! I felt for the lone Chinese girl who we'd left behind mid-route who could not speak English, still waiting for the bus...
Hi - I was on the 78 bus this Saturday going to Shoreditch when the driver stopped at Commercial Street/ Great Eastern Street intersection and said that this was now the final stop and that the bus route had been changed from the 1st of April.
Is this correct? Looking at the TFL website it certainly looks like the 78 bus is still going all the way up to Shoreditch.
If it is indeed correct then it looks like the bargain have been double deckers for a shorter route, which is not exactly what I bargained for.
Does anyone know if the article above was based on any kind of notice from TFL?
WRT to double deckers, I asked a bus driver the other day & these were due to be introduced on Saturday April 2nd, so I've been looking out for them all weekend, though so far spotted none, despite seeing in total about 10 different buses (granted they could have been the same few buses). I read in the article at http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/5190 that they are due to all be in service by end May though so at least that's a deadline to look forward to.
Well - I have now been informed by two additional bus drivers that since saturday the 78 bus only runs to the stop at Great Eastern Street, which I barely would consider Shoreditch.
This is not reflected on the TFL website, on any bus stop signs that I have seen, or by the actual signage of the bus which still says Shoreditch and I have not been able to find any note on a bus route change on the TFL website. The only way of finding out that the bus no longer services this part of the bus is to ask the drivers who as you can imagine are being very courteous about the situation when they kick people off the bus at Great Eastern Street.
So in conclusion this campaign for a better service has so far resulted in a deteriorated service and not a doubledecker in sight.