I’ve been catching the No 27 bus from Nottinghill Gate to Hammersmith for 15 months now and I am no more knowledgeable about it’s frequency than on Day One.
The information at the bus stop indicates the frequency is between 7 and 12 minutes not unlike the other routes that stop there. Fool that I am I then try to extrapoliate the appearance of other buses to indicate when mine is due. A couple of 52s and a 28 go past ? The 27 must be on its way surely !
The 27 also hunts in packs and then you invariably get on the one that then sits in order to ‘regulate frequency’.
But back to the 7 – 12 minutes guide. Before I leave the flat I know where today’s bus will land on the spectrum.
Cold and wet weather : 12 minutes. Warm and sunny : 7 minutes.
Career dependent presentation to finish : 12 minutes. Easier day on the cards. : 7 minutes.
Then there is the fact the No 27 has cloaking powers. Just as I get to the end of my street I see that I’ve just missed a bus. I have 7 – 12 minutes to buy a newspaper right ? I look down ‘The Gate’ – no bus in sight. As I’m paying for the newspaper a No 27 flashes past. Now I’ve missed two.
The return journey at night is boringly predictable.
But on the way to work it’s like roulette and the only number I play is red 27.