Archway Station to Haringay Superstores
Monday September 24th 2012
At the point at which we rode this route (whilst in the high 300s and on a fearfully rainy day) this seemed the smallest sweetest bus we had yet seen – certainly only 1 door entry and exit and with two lengthy sections of Hail & Ride. Few of the pictures are very usable but here goes.
The changeover at Archway was effortless and the short wait likewise, and quite a few damp and waiting people peeled off from the queue to board; the guy in front of me was recalled by the driver and eventually was ejected - presumably for insufficient cash on his Oyster.
Archway has a rather soulless face – tall blocks above the station and a fair sprinkling of Sixties bland including the pub named the Whittington Stone complete with fabled cat , renowned for encouraging Dick Whittington to return to London. The website attempts to distinguish myth from history..The pub is little better for disguising its bland face with window boxes.
Ferme Park Road into which the W5 turns is again a Hail and Ride section with most passengers bound for Sainsbury’s and the end of the route .The houses along here are for the main part handsome red brick villas – the very large ones doubtless sub-divided and on the whole getting smaller and more terraced towards Finsbury Park – the park, which features quite prominently on the Capital Ring Walk. Two more railways to pass over and a nifty crossing of Green Lanes brings the W5 to its final destination known as the Haringay Superstores, which largely means Next and Sainsbury’s. We dashed into the latter to shelter from another deluge and did Jo’s shopping in double quick time.
These remind you how wet 2012 was...