hi, sorry for my rant, but i'm hoping there are some other 168 bus travellers who are fed up with this service being terminated at bricklayers arms. i wait upto 15/20mins for this bus at holborn, specifically to get me to tesco okr/home in one go, then i'm told "the destination of this bus has changed" half way through the journey, several times in the last few weeks. please make a complaint to london buses/arriva if you can. thanks.
In the months after they extended the 168 to Tesco, they regularly terminated early at Elephant or at Bricklayers. I complained at the time.
I noticed they were doing the same in October/November this year during all the roadworks at Waterloo and on the New Kent Road, but the short stopping seems to have continued even now that the roadworks are mostly complete.
It is not unusual for 40 or so people to get dumped on the pavement and have to fight their way onto already overcrowded buses behind.
You don't need to pay again on the next bus, even if you are using Pay As You Go. If the destination of the bus changed during the journey, you can ask the driver for a transfer ticket. I often wish all 40 people did, as the time taken would be about the same as driving to Tesco.
You can complain to [email protected] It helps if you have the time the bus terminated and the running number of the bus which is usually on a yellow plate near the front or rear doors. The 168's running numbers all start AR followed by a number.
janny, appreciate your point, but i personally thought that catching a bus to the destination on the front of the bus was the whole point of a "bus service". whilst i respect that drivers need not to work over their "normal" hours,this "red tape" seems to give one person (the driver, or the controller) total priority over thousands of bus users every day, inconveniencing us unacceptably. in addition may i mention that the annual bus pass is increasing from £552 to £664 per annum - over a 20% increase !! somebody is taking the p*ss. sorry. fellow bus users keep complaining please.