It was bad planning to believe that people in an area that historically has been relatively poor would want to pay extra to go by Tube when the bus is so much cheaper and not necessarily that much slower. Living at Elephant and Castle, even with the Tube here I choose to use the bus as it's a lot cheaper and I can put up with the longer journey time. Now that I work in Victoria the bus is the more direct route for me so I'm happy (shame it's the overcrowded 148, with uncomfortable seats!).
A response (cut and pasted below) at last on where bus stops in Long Lane are to be sited which tells us nothing!!
I note that you and your neighbours do have some concerns about the siting of bus stops in Long Lane in connection with this new service. In advance of the restructuring of this service, my officers identified appropriate sites for bus stops in consultation with the Police and local council officers. We believe the current sites are safe and operationally suitable for bus service operation. However, their suitability will be kept under review once the service starts operating.
But their still not letting on where they are going to be and there is only 5 days before the route starts. I have noticed the buses (out of service) on long lane a couple of times, I guess it the drivers learning the route.
well I guess any further up towards TBR is too dangerous with sidestreets and entrance ways. I cannot see the shop owners by staple street being too pleased if the parking area outside the shops is turned into a bus stop but cannot see where else will put it. where will the bus stop be opposite Tennis Street as at the moment the pavement is closed off so perhaps this will not come in until Tabard Sq finished.
On a similar note, does anyone know why several months ago a bus shelter appeared on Newington Causeway near the railway bridge, complete with solar powered lighting, but does not appear to be a bus stop?
Unless the stops are for the opposite directions - ie Tennis Street is North to South and Staple Street is vica versa - that way if buses were at both stops at the same time, traffic still might be able to flow?