Kingston Bus Garage (Fairfield) to Tooting Broadway Station
Monday February 22nd 2010
We risk being boring about the weather but this was one of our chillier trips – the third in a series which had seen us waiting (yes WAITING) some 25 minutes in snow flurries for our index bus, and then cooling down further in its unheated upstairs. It left us at the Fairfield Bus Station in Kingston and with nary a moment to enjoy the delights of Kingston on our first acquaintance we stepped straight onto this 131. The upstairs was no warmer, as it happens, and Jo asked about some heating but was told it was ‘automatic’ ? Automatically off?
AFC Wimbledon is the replacement club set up by defiant fans who wanted nothing to do with “a new town in Buckinghamshire” and is now working its way up the lower divisions.] This bit of the route, though eventually taking us in the same direction was a complete contrast to the private roads that border the 57 route.
New Malden, for that is where we were, seems to host a significant South Korean population as they have several shops, restaurants and centres round here.
New Malden public library had some nice plasterwork on its side, which we failed to capture. This time we went under the A3 Kingston bypass and close to an open level crossing at West Barnes – there are both train and the outer extremes of the Croydon tram system round here and the bus route follows them quite closely. The route today which liberally provided with the new ‘POP in your postcode’ posters from tfl which offer even more interactive bus maps for entire routes ‘The Project ‘ thinks TfL only introduced these as they realized as people enter specific bus routes into Google our blog came up as a solution and to reclaim their position as market leaders they introduced the new bus route maps – well maybe.
Back to Raynes Park, which we had passed earlier and back through Wimbledon passing again both adult and children’s theatres, both looking a little the worse for wear.