On the Buses and Going Underground

This event has finished Took place on: Wednesday, 28th Feb 2018

There is no getting around getting around they say. But what's it actually like to be a bus driver? Why do London bus numbers make no sense? Was the tube always this bad?

Get on board and take a trip round some of the stranger turns of the transport system with cultural historian / actual bus driver JOE KERR and youtube star / self-confessed Tube nerd JAY FOREMAN as they give an insiders' history of traversing the capital by road and rail.

In 1829, George Shillibeer began operating a horse drawn omnibus service from Paddington to the Square Mile. By this year, Transport for London were running over 8000 buses on 700 different routes to provide over 1.8 billion passenger journeys. Yes, that's right. 1.8billion journeys.

Well, who better to navigate them than cultural academic AND bus driver JOE KERR. Joe says: "This talk will be a personal account of life on the buses, both as a conductor and latterly as a driver. If offers a fairly fairly jaundiced account of change and progress - or more likely the lack of it.
It will attempt to unlock the bewildering mysteries of bus operation that drive passengers to distraction. It will offer thoughts on manners and etiquette; on the interventions of certain recent mayors; on the long history of our bus routes, and much more. It will not go where expected, it will be bumpy and jerky, it will be grumpy and surly, and inevitably it will come to an abrupt stop for no obvious reason".

Ding ding!

And, as if that wasn't a gigantic enough subject to tackle, musical comedian JAY FOREMAN returns to the Salon to explore some of the hidden recesses and stranger branches of The London Underground. Jay is founder of the amazing UNFINISHED LONDON project about the capital's hidden and incomplete transport infrastructure which has had millions of views on YouTube.

Our much loved - and hated - subterranean system was the world's first underground railway, evolving from the single line Metropolitan railway to a sprawling labyrinth carrying 1.7 BILLION passengers annually on 11 lines and through 270 stations. Jay's song featuring the name of every station in 3 minutes went viral in 2013.

So get a seat if you can and hold on tight for his idiosyncratic Tales of the Tube ride..

Cost: £9


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