Sunday 15th May 2022
I couldn’t help but notice a few other things as I wandered around south east London and south Newham on my recent travels. Here’s a few for your edification.
Liverpool Street bus station
You’d think the bus station alongside Liverpool Street station would be a prime spot to reach out to incoming tourists from overseas who’ve travelled through Stansted Airport as well as visitors arriving by train from Essex and East Anglia helping to get London’s economy back on track.
Here’s the only poster advising you where to catch a bus to your destination. It’s not very big.
It’s not very up to date either. Nine years old and woefully misleading in many respects.
Route 153 doesn’t feature in that 2013 map as it was only extended from Moorgate to Liverpool Street in December 2020. The bus stop signs show it departing from stop C. But it doesn’t.
It goes from stop B instead. You’ll know this if you poke your head out of the gap between the waiting area and where the buses pick up and spot a dolly stop with a hand written number on a piece of paper stuck to it..
Is this really the quality of information presentation we should accept from a so called ‘world class’ capital city transport organisation?
Still, on the upside, at least it’s a Bus Stop dolly stop. On the other side of the road there’s an alighting point only which is a Request Stop dolly stop.
And a bus that can’t make up its mind whether it’s on route 133 or undertaking a Rail Replacement service.
It’s no good asking at the information point for information and assistance.
As is the Visitor Information Centre.
Welcome back to London everyone. We want you to use public transport again, we really do.
It’s useful to see the growing use of information screens inside trains giving status updates on the Underground as shown on this TfL train, but the amalgamation of all Overground lines into one tab called Overground is pretty useless, since the part suspension could apply to any one (or more) of a number of different lines from Richmond to Chingford to Watford to Crystal Palace to Romford and many more.
Other spots included an East London Transit branded bus on route 5….
An LED departure sign on the Jubilee Line platform at Canning Town that had lost most of its display…
South of the River, in North Greenwich, another closed Information and Assistance Centre…
… which perhaps was just as well as the map of selected central London bus routes on display behind the glass is over three years out of date (route C2 shown on the map was withdrawn in March 2019)….
I saw there are still many notices instructing passengers to wear face coverings …
… perhaps bus companies are waiting until they just fade away.
But to end this brief wooden spoon award ceremony on a positive… the Information and Assistance point at Stratford bus station was open….
The toilets in Liverpool Street (as at all Network Rail run stations in London) are now greatly improved and all are free to use…
The information point on Liverpool Street station concourse was open…
And the totem sign outside Stratford station has been updated with the Elizabeth Line roundel…
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