The Anonymous Widower

The Flexibility Of Public Transport In East London

After my tea, I had to get home.  To get from Pudding Mill station to where I live halfway between Highbury and Islington, and Dalston Junction stations, there are many possibilities.

So I resorted to the Monte Carlo method and took the first train that arrived.  It was going to Stratford. I could have walked through the station to the overground, but noticed that despite it almost being the rush hour, the Central line trains towards Central London were fairly empty.

So I took the first one, intending to go to Bank, to take the `141 bus to my house. But at Mile End station, where the Central and sub-surface lines have a cross platform interchange, I decided to get a Metropolitan line train to Moorgate to pick up the bus there. I waited just a minute before I was on my way.

In the end, I went just two stops to Whitechapel station, where I used the quick interchange to get an Overground train to Dalston Junction, where I caught one of innumerable 38 buses down the Balls Pond Road.

I may have used five different modes of transport, but I had a seat all the way and never waited more than a minute anywhere.

Incidentally, CrossRail will change all this, as the simplest route, would be to take CrossRail to Moorgate and then get the 141 bus. Let’s hope they get the bus connection right.


January 25, 2013 - Posted by | Travel | , , , , , , ,


  1. Monte Carlo Maths works . . . I hope you kept accurate details for your testing.

    At least 25 plus sample before you write your report / article for your London Travellers Guide

    This novel testing should get you on the BBC, when you release your book.

    Comment by Steam Lover | January 25, 2013 | Reply

  2. of course it does! I’m a trained Control Engineer remember.But I also think that taking the first bus or train, rather than one you’ve planned is actually quicker. Especially, if you do the route regularly, as you have a sort of statistical engine in your body, called the brain, which often knows more than you think.

    Comment by AnonW | January 25, 2013 | Reply

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