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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
08 January 2010
Bendy buses: the capital’s top dance venues?
Bendy buses: the capital’s top dance venues?
 

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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Phil Goodwin

Phil Goodwin

Phil Goodwin

Phil Goodwin is professor of transport policy at the Centre for Transport and Society, University of West of England, Bristol, and emeritus professor at University College London. Email: philinelh@yahoo.com

 



 

 
 
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