5 things I hate about London public transport buses

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Just a little post (mini-rant) about public transport – buses in particular – and why I hate it using it sometimes. Unfortunately I don’t drive so usually have no choice but to use the buses. Don’t get me wrong, most days I love it but then there’s those days that I can’t stand it.

If you’re a city mum then chances are you will probably be able to relate to one, if not all, of the things below:

  1. In summer it’s humid and smells like sweat and bad BO. In winter, it definitely smells like BO… and damp… and then some.
  2. On the cold, wet rainy days there is NEVER enough buggy space! You then end up waiting for 2-3 buses to pass by before you finally get on one.
  3. Leading on from point no. 2 sometimes the buggy spaces are taken by strollers with NO CHILD sitting in it…ย Just food shopping or an older child in the buggy – not a baby or toddler or pre-schooler even – I mean a fully grown 6 year old child that can sit on the chair will be in the stroller taking up space. So not cool when you’ve got a newborn and it’s the third bus you’ve waited for in the cold rain.
  4. Summer: super hot and everyone is sweating = heaters on. Air-con off.ย Winter: freezing cold as hell = no heating. Air-con on. I don’t know why they do this – It drives me bonkers!!
  5. If you’re pregnant no-one will bother to give up a seat for you – whether you have that poxy ‘baby on board’ badge or not. Okay, maybe not all the time but the majority of the time you won’t be able to get a seat. If you’re pregnant without a badge, chances are even slimmer. (PS I had a badge and hardly ever got a seat given to me unless I asked which I hardly did… Too much pride.)

Do you sometimes hate public transport? What’s your pet peeve?ย 


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6 thoughts on “5 things I hate about London public transport buses

    1. I have no idea – I think they just have no logic as it clearly doesn’t make any sense and they do it every year! lol.. ooh yeah, I dig the standing close thing too. It’s a nightmare especially on the London underground during rush hour. We get packed in like sardines!

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  1. Oh my goodness YES! I lived in London during my pregnancy and no-one ever even looked up to register I was pregnant! And you’re so right about the summer stench…enough to make me contemplate walking from South to North. Fab post and thank you for linking up to #dreamteam Hope to see you next Tuesday! xx

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    1. We seem to not have time to think about other people so I guess sometimes we just miss it. I think I have been more aware to give other pregnant mums a seat since being pregnant as I can’t ever really remember seeing pregnant women before being pregnant myself! The summer stench is a killer tho.. It’s been better this year though ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. A huge fat yes to all these points. Why oh why are buses like this. I gave up using the buses in the end with Little Button when she was a baby. I would rather walk for ages, than get on one. I also hate it when you are in the pram section and people won’t move out of the way to let you off. I only ever got offered a seat once when I was about 8 months pregnant on the bus too. Thank you for linking up to the #DreamTeam. Looking forward to reading more of your posts. Love this one ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. That’s what I do most of the time now, as I live in Greenwich it’s so easy to go anywhere by foot so I’m usually out with the buggy. Sometimes when LO gets tired I take him on the bus and just have Baby Girl in her sling carrier 90% of the time. People never seem to move out of the way when I’m getting the buggy out of that bit too. Saying that one mum who was parked up next to me (I was on the inside) gave me a really funny look because I asked her to move her buggy so I could get out. Hers was much bigger than mine so surely she should’ve realised and imo should’ve had the courtesy to move before me having to ask as she clearly saw me trying to get off. Okay rant over ๐Ÿ™‚

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