Step out my door and start walking down the road. A 59 bus creeps past me. Nuts – that’s the bus I want. Check CityMapper to see when the next one will be. Oh – 16 minutes. Ok, I can try to catch this one. Better get a literal jog on.
I run up to the back door of the bus and away it goes. That’s that. But then the 159 bus behind it honks its horn. I turn around and the driver beckons me. I hop onto his bus and he kindly says he’ll catch the 59 up and I can make the switch.
Next stop and we pull up behind the 59. I dash out and make it to the door opposite the 59 driver, which he closes.
I stand there a bit dumbfounded. He throws a hand up and shakes his head. In this time he could have just let me on. After a moment, he opens the doors and I thank him.
A big thanks to the driver of that 159. Can’t say I’ve ever had a bus do an ‘after them!’ scenario for me before. And a thanks to the 59 driver as well for making the effort not all in vain.
… at least the bit around Blackfriars. After I got my photos and wrote my post yesterday, the cycle lanes opened up. Yesterday evening there were hi-vis’d folks from TfL dotted around the Blackfriars area to direct cyclists onto the new CS6 lanes (and maybe to help pedestrians not walk out in front of traffic?).
The bus stop J for north-bound buses has also been moved closer to Blackfriars Station, and on the island between the cycle and car lanes. It’s just a temporary stop at the moment, but I’m guessing it will be made permanent.
If you’ve been around Ludgate Circus or Blackfriars in the last few months, you’ll know it’s been a bit of a construction zone. Things are starting to look a bit more finished now and we have some changes. Starting around last week there were new pedestrian crossings at Ludgate Circus and Blackfriars.
Ludgate Circus was always a bit weird in that there were lights at one crossing, at New Bridge Street, but none of the others. Now there are lights for all the pedestrian crossings and it is confusing people. The traffic flow has been greatly altered and you don’t get the same breaks in traffic that you used to. Instead it’s now constant road traffic until the pedestrian lights go green at all four crossings at once.
People are creatures of habit, which means I’ve seen loads of people nearly get run over as they try to dart between the traffic. I’ll admit that I like playing a bit of Fleet Street Frogger as much as the next person, but it’s nice to be able to (if you’re quick) cross over two streets at once when all the lights go green.
Meanwhile, it’s a similar situation down by the Blackfriars Pub. The new crossing goes between the pub and Unilever House on the other side of the New Bridge Street. In addition to this, the traffic flow has changed all around Blackfriars, resulting in the same problem of people nearly getting run over quite a bit because of the new flow of traffic.
Looks like the new cycle lane is open on Blackfriars Bridge, but it doesn’t extend up New Bridge Street just yet. Once it does, I may even be tempted into making my way to work on two wheels.