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Cheery Bus Man

Written 15th February 2007


This morning I was driven to work by what may be the Cheeriest Bus Driver Ever In The World, Ever. I got on, and he trumpeted 'Good Morning Dear!' in a loud carrying voice, with a big happy smile on his face. I was a bit startled, as Lothian bus drivers tend to just grunt at you before 9am (which I completely understand, and do not blame them for), but I said good morning back, and proceeded upstairs to hide behind my Metro.

Some of the fancier Lothian Buses have new fangled PA systems, which the driver can use to tell the passengers things. For example, that the bus is approaching a particular stop, or that the bus has broken down and we should all get on the one behind, or that whoever is dinging the bell should stop this minute or they're getting chucked off the bus. You get the idea. The driver this morning had his speaker switched on, and he treated us all to regular updates about the next stop, and what shops and services we could expect to find in the vicinity. For example, 'next stop is Haymarket Station, where you can get on a train to Fife, Glasgow or Stirling. You'll also find a bank, coffee shops, restaurants and some bars, although it's a bit early for me! Next stop, Haymarket.'

I don't know if this was some kind of experiment Lothian Buses were doing, combining commuter transport with guided tours, or if this man was just eager to help. Either way, I liked it. But I'm glad he doesn't do that route every day.

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At 16.11.09, Anonymous Sarah said...

He maybe normally does the airport bus, which I think is the Lothian Buses reward for being a Good Friendly Driver who doesn't shout at people or drive away when he spots you coming up to the bus stop... I love the airport bus drivers, they're always so helpful and reasonable - It can be quite scary at times when you're used to Lothian Buses!    



At 17.11.09, Blogger Loth said...

I wonder if that's that same driver I once had on the bus (if you know what I mean) who cheerfully commented on other people's driving, passers-by's clothes sense, the fact he was looking forward to his sandwiches at lunchtime.... Made the time pass nicely.    



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