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Bonkers Blog July 2019

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23 July - 428 and 301

Darenth Valley Hospital 301 busBexley’s Labour Group has issued another Press Release, this time it is urging you to take part in TfL’s consultation on keeping bus route 428 serving Darenth Valley Hospital. Currently it runs from Erith through Crayford and on to Bluewater via the hospital but TfL wants to chop it at Crayford.

Did I ever mention my trip on the new 301 service from Woolwich Arsenal to Bexleyheath via Abbey Wood? I wanted a B11 but although I was at the stop at least four minutes early and I could see it for several more minutes as I walked from home, it never showed up. All too common an experience on the B11 I have found. A 301 came along and I took that instead sitting in solitary splendour at the front on the top deck.

When it arrived at Bexleyheath I went forward to congratulate the driver on not hitting anything en-route and only being forced to mount the kerb once. He agreed it was one horrendous route.

Murky Depths wrote an article about it yesterday with some splendid pictures.

From Bexleyheath I needed to get the DLR to East Ham so I rode the top deck of a 301 all the way to Woolwich. I tend to avoid going north of Eastern Way so for me it was almost a tourist bus. I had not realised just how industrialised Nathan Way is or how difficult it is for buses to negotiate due to traffic levels and parking. I can’t see it ever being an Express route from Thamesmead to Woolwich Arsenal.

For any Freedom Pass holder with an interest in rubbish dumps, prisons and dodgy looking car repair outfits and an afternoon to spare I would recommend it as a cheap day out.


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