Tuesday, 24 March 2009
The Number 5 Route
23 March 2009
Having discovered the history behind the fact that the 5 does not go through any part of central London, Linda and I met at Canning Town tube station and took advantage of the facilities.
We then set off eastwards. Our journey took us past some remarkably fine town halls (in Newham and Barking) some wonderful allotments in Barking (black polythene much in evidence to kill the weeds) and roundabouts embellished with handsome street art. It took us 90 minutes to arrive in Romford, and we walked through the town, spoiled, we thought, by too many shopping halls and malls, which meant there was no focus; and the Market Place was more a car park than anything else, though with the odd reminder of its past.
To follow our route, go to Tfl Journey Planner, enter 'Canning Town Station' as the start and 'Romford Market' as the end, remove all options except 'bus', click on 'search' and then on 'view' for a single bus option; now select the map and then the wizard. Now sit back and enjoy the ride.
Our return journey took us along the entire routes of two other buses, about which you will learn at the proper time.