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Phil Goodwin: Issue 536 8 Jan 2010

And suddenly everyone burst into song

Bus journeys are not just means of getting from A to B – they are also social institutions with their own peculiar customs

Phil Goodwin

Well, not everyone started singing. I’ll tell you about it. The 149 bus route in London is served by the notorious multi-entry bendy buses and was, I think, the route that earned them the demotic title ‘freebuses’ on its journey through Hackney from London Bridge to Edmonton in North London. Fare evasion has been commonplace and, since the bus is often very crowded indeed, quite difficult to control: on one occasion I saw no less than 20 – I counted – revenue...

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