The Bus Stop Story

October 28, 2010 at 2:49 pm 2 comments

18 year old David recently moved to London from a countryside village to study. He lives on-campus and is very excited about exploring the capital. He has never traveled by Tube before, hardly ever the railway. His first step on the journey is the University bus stop which lacks clear signs and information. He can not find the bus routes and is unsure where the bus will stop and which direction it will go. He is worried about how to get around and wish that the University bus stop could provide more information for new students like him.

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  • 1. bwynmace  |  October 28, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I feel that you could change David’s name to mine. I fell that I have a decent sense of direction, but without signs it is near impossible to get where I am going. I’m sure you could reply I could use my phone, but today I traveled into London without it. I wanted to really experience this idea with my trusty aid. It gets confusing quickly and just following people doesn’t help, because you are not always going where they are going. The tube is decently marked and simple enough, but the buses are crazy. There 4 stops in a row and at least 5 buses at each stop, when the bus only waits for a moment, you barely have time to make a decision, much less the possibility to make the correct one.

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  • 2. Anngemin  |  November 1, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Hey Bronwyn
    Thanks for your comment!
    I think there are many Davids out there!:) For myself, I did and still do find the bus system quite difficult at times. For instance, when you get on the bus cause it says on the front sign your destination but then you end up taking it the wrong direction…
    And, yes, the whole 5 buses in one stop is crazy! I imagine for older people, disabled or wheel chair users it must be a nightmare. Or even the tourists who don’t speak or read English very well.
    But I think the bus routes in London are very well connected though and if you can’t afford the tube then the bus will take you anywhere, only that it takes a little longer.

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