Hello. I’m Ben. Here’s the plan. Over the next few months I intend to travel on every London bus route in its entirety and document my adventures. I am a London immigrant having grown up in Norfolk, but despite living here for nearly 15 years, realised recently that there are vast swathes of the city that I know very little about. This is my attempt to rectify that.
The above paragraph was written in 2009. How innocent and optimistic I was. This was never going to be over in a few months; I’m married with a little boy and a full-time job. However, the premise remains. I have given up completing before the Olympics, but it will be done.
There are over 600 main routes crossing the capital. The basic London routes start at No 1 and go up to No 499, with only a few gaps. Those between 500-700 are basically part-time services and school buses, which I shall avoid for obvious reasons.
However, there is something else. I would love for you to send me reports of your local bus route. It doesn’t matter if you’re in Manhattan or Dudley, whether it’s a spectacular route or a dull suburban circuit, I just want to read about your bus routes, your neighbourhoods, your towns and what makes them the places they are, for good and bad.
They can be wordy, or just photos or even video reports but I think it would be amazing to build up a library of people’s local bus routes from all around the country and world.
You can contact me at numb at blueyonder dot co dot uk.