Tragic sight this morning doing the shopping.
UPDATED: Please note that this story is from September 16th, and is referring to Saturday September 15th.
From BBC News: Lee stabbing: Kevin Ssali, 14, killed at bus stop
A 14-year-old boy, who had been missing since July, has been stabbed to death in south-east London.
Kevin Ssali, of Whitworth Road in South Norwood, was attacked after he got off a route 202 bus in Lee.
Police and paramedics were called to Burnt Ash Road at about 21:45 BST on Saturday where they found him with multiple stab wounds.
Three teenage males have been arrested on suspicion of murder, police said.
8 minutes walk away, on the 202 route, Jimmy Mizen was killed in 2008 in a bakery.
Great photo from 1974 of a Number 54 bus passing the Heathview hotel in Montpelier Row by Lloyd Rich on Flickr. As one commenter pointed out “just about to be overtaken by Emma Peel too”. Sent in response to the perennially popular post Memories of Blackheath 1944-1958 by Bob Land.
Post here by the Phantom, about the Heathview as it was called.
Another photo here.
This is really cool. You can now find out where the bus you’re waiting for has got to. The “Now & Next” displays for buses are now available online. So even if your bus stop doesn’t have a display, you can use your phone to find out where your errant 202 has got to.
TfL’s Countdown page: http://countdown.tfl.gov.uk/
It’s only in testing at the moment, but I used it today, and it makes such a difference. Lying on the heath in the sun, check your phone to see when the bus is due, then saunter over to the bus stop two minutes beforehand, and sure enough the bus appears by magic!
You can bookmark your favourite stops – each one has a unique URL, so for example the bus stop next to Shepherds Foods is:
Or the accesible text only version would be:
There’s also a version formatted for mobiles (thanks for the tip Methers)
So you can save separate bookmarks on your phone for your frequently used bus stops.
This is such a great system, and it’s been a long time coming. It opens up so many more possibilites for fun things to do with data & travel. Which are the best/worst performing routes? Which timetables need tweaking for accuracy? iPhone apps that beep when it’s time to run for your bus, and enhanced apps (like the brilliant London Travel Deluxe that no commuter should be without) that can now show real time updates.
Hooray for TfL, and I don’t say that very often…
(Spotted on the excellent Diamond Geezer blog).
Stunning photo of Blackheath Bus Stop in the sun by twitter user Neil Clasper
Good article in the Evening Standard about the bus lane camera of doom
. I’ve had loads of emails about this from various unhappy people. It seems like a hell of a tax. I can’t actually find the camera in question on Streetview, but might take a wander later to pinpoint it. If anyone spots it, please add a comment below.
I seem to remember someone telling me that in South Africa people often shoot at speed cameras. (I’m not suggesting that as a course of action!)
Bus lane camera that is set to take £1m in fines from drivers this year
In just over three months since going live, the Blackheath camera generated Lewisham 3,742 tickets — more than £220,000 in fines….
It means it is on course to earn at least £900,000 if the tickets are paid promptly, securing a 50 per cent discount, but more likely to be well over £1 million….
…A leading criminal barrister is contesting a £60 ticket he was issued. Rupert Bowers, who has defended multi-million-pound fraud cases brought by HM Revenue and Customs, is now turning his attention to Lewisham.
In the comments, Kate points out:
The camera is on the wall of Felicity Thingy estate agents, above the late lamented chocolate shop, very high but pointing straight up the road. It’s not painted yellow or anything useful.
Added a Google Streetview image above.
Nice to know nothing changes. Great photo of two buses stuck on the heath in the early Sixties!
Photo by Flickr user LEDLON 89.
As suspected. No trains to London. No buses at all. No taxis from Blackheath taxis for 3 hours. And the train ticket office is shut.
Interestingly the newspaper vendor next to the ticket office is open. I asked him “how come you can open up but they can’t?”. “they are not serious, I think!”. Amen!
Just boarded my first ever Talkie Bus. I’d read about them, but never actually experienced them… If you fancy giving one a try, just jump on a number 89 from Lewisham to Blackheath. At every stop a voice will bark “89”, followed by the (somewhat spurious) name of the stop. I think the problem is that areas in London with tube stops are known by their station-names, because of their scarcity. But when every single bus stop is blurted out at you, most of them seem so irrelevant.
I read somewhere (if I remember, I’ll link to it) a blind person saying that they didn’t find the announcements helpful. I’d have thought that they would be, but they just seem so invasive. The other thing is the choice of voices – these are not the honeyed tones of Joanna Lumley silkily informing you that “you have email” (or should that be “sorry you’re with AOL”?). Maybe they should use the mellifluous tones of Neil Nunes (who doesn’t seem to exist at all on the internet in audio form).
But no, they have some terrible set of announcements shouting the names at you. What’s worse is that “bus stopping at next stop, please stand well clear of doors” is still going strong. Why the truncated sentence? If you’re going to insist on a recorded voice hectoring your passengers customers, you could at least speak in full sentences!
And the doors lady isn’t even the same (terrible) voice as the bus stops announcer. So there isn’t even any harmony between the two! I’m hoping they might break into an argument soon. Sometimes they talk over each other, along with the psssh psssh pink noise warning sound.
Ahh, so you’re a waffle man!