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Within a matter of weeks, freedom riders are boarding buses all over the South. The riders are harassed and jailed, sometimes they are beaten by angry crowds of whites while southern sheriffs look the other way. John Lewis: Good Trouble, news report
When you get on a bus, does the nutter always sit next to you? The nutter always sits next to me. Jasper Carrot, Theatre Royal Drury Lane
That monarch of the road,
Observer of the Highway Code,
That big six-wheeler
Ninety-seven horse power
Omnibus. Michael Flanders and Donald Swann, A Transport of Delight, 1956
The Route-Master is the ultimate double-decker bus ... The Route-Master bus hit London’s streets in 1956 and ... quickly became a symbol of the Capital. It was a massive hit. Rory McGrath’s Industrial Revelations s5e4: Best of British Engineering: Vehicles, Discovery 2008
What is this that roareth thus?
Can it be a Motor Bus?
Yes, the smell and hideous hum
Indicat Motorem Bum! …
How shall wretches live like us
Cincti Bis Motoribus?
Domine, defende nos
Contra hos Motores Bos! A D Godley, English classicist
Stagecoach, one such operator, has had over 20 referrals to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission because its competitive strategies but, along with two other companies, now accounts for over 50 per cent of bus traffic in Britain. Will Hutton, The State to Come
Art has to move you and design does not, unless it’s a good design for a bus. David Hockney
I live in a bus and go from place to place and sometimes feel very detached from what’s going on. Gavin DeGraw
She’s [mother] on the bus, but the little girl isn’t ... It’s up to the people in the crowd to reunite mother and child. And all this to move people a mile. Panorama: Europe's Border Crisis: The Long Road, BBC 2015
What’s going on with Britain’s buses? Thousands of services cut, fairs on the rise, a system under pressure. We travel to the communities where buses have disappeared. And with the commuters who rely on a troubled network. Panorama: Britain’s Bus Crisis, Richard Bilton reporting, BBC 2020
Change in miles travelled by bus since 2010-11: North East -19%, North West -18%, Wales -18%. ibid.
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
Round and round,
Round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
All through the town. Lydia Ulsaker, The Wheels on the Bus
The buses in London run 24 hours a day. The night bus is more than just a way of getting from A to B. It’s the start of the party. A place to make new friends. Somewhere to get things off your chest … All of human life is here. The Night Bus I, Channel 4 2015
105,115. The N29 from Wood Green way out in North London all the way into Trafalgar Square. ibid.
On 12th July 2000 Rio de Janeiro trapped a man who was trying to rob a bus. He took eleven hostages and the local SWAT team was called. The incident became known in Brazil as the Bus 174 affair. Bus 174, 2002
50,000 of these buses. World’s Busiest Cities s1e2, BBC 2017
‘London’s bus men and women have been speaking out at Conservative plans to privatise London’s buses. Inside Story: Seeing Red, radio news, BBC 1992
‘I don’t think the public has any respect for us; they hate us.’ ibid. driver
Three and a half million people travel on London buses every day. ibid. caption
London Buses’ annual income from fairs is £375 million. ibid.
3,000 engineers maintain London’s buses. ibid.
Running early is one of the most serious crimes a bus driver can commit. ibid.
All over the UK community transport goes where ordinary buses cannot. These buses are a lifeline for older people in rural areas. Over two weeks cameras captured life on board a bus in South Wales. Dial-a-Ride, short 16.05, 2015
Rosa Parks’ bus boycott eight years earlier had it parallel in Bristol in the west of England: Paul Stephenson, the city’s first youth black officer … The Bristol Bus Boycott was organised: it took just 60 days to succeed. 400 Years of Taking the Knee II, History 2020