As if Sunday afternoon was not busy enough one of my regular informants called
to say that a bus had broken down right opposite one of the traffic islands that
Bexley council likes to place opposite bus stops. Abbey Road, Belvedere has a
special place in the history of this website because if Bexley hadn’t made it
stupidly narrow and then try to bamboozle me by saying it met all the requirements
of the experts who publish learned papers on such matters they would probably be
free of all the enquiring eyes that currently look into their malpractices. It
really was very bad luck that the head of the department that issued that report
was a very good friend of mine and he came to take a look for himself. The
correspondence went on line. On Bexley council’s own admission Abbey Road wasn’t
an accident black spot but thanks to them accidents are quite common now; not
that I am convinced that yesterday’s incident was.
A 469 was stopped at the stop with it's engine cover lifted to indicate it was ‘in distress’ but it hadn’t broken down, there had been some other sort of incident. Someone was being treated by paramedics on board the bus and it is possible that someone fell while alighting or maybe hit by the bus or simply became ill; it seemed rather tasteless to ask when the medics obviously had an urgent job on their hand. However thanks to the road now being barely two-thirds the width it was the traffic congestion became quite interesting at times. Good job it was a Sunday afternoon and it looked as though the injuries were not life threatening.