I have just finished watching the BBC docuseries ‘Routemasters’.
Although there was one episode that heavily featured the eponymous London bus, the docuseries was, essentially, about London and the various forms of transport (and associated management systems) that run through it:
- TfL buses
- National coaches
- International coaches
- The underground
Although pedestrian (pun!) at times, each episode contained at least one surprising piece of information, contained some very interesting views of the London transport infrastructure, and contained some revealing insights to the human condition.
I’ve learned a lot from the series; some of the lessons were less obvious:
- That not every incoming international coach traveller has their passport checked by customs and immigration at the point of entry in to the country
- That no matter how weird some people look, their views are often entertaining, educated and worth listening to
- That some people are complete and utter
But the two overriding facts that the series has reinforced are:
- How frail London’s infrastructure is (the slightest incident can paralyse sections of the city for several hours)
- How little room for any further growth there is left in London’s transport infrastructure
‘Routemasters’ has been a very low-key, under-marketed docuseries.
If it swings round again, give it a try.
Because, in the words of one elderly gentleman who has been voluntarily patrolling the walkways of Victoria Coach Station for 40 years…
All life is here.