This morning for me was just the last straw so RANT ALERT! I'm a mum of a 7 month old baby and in these last 7 months I have repeatedly felt victimised by bus drivers and I know I am not alone.
If I have the pram - a bugaboo - so nice and compact, many bus driver don't stop to let you on the bus, even when there is clearly room for a pram. Some don't acknowledge you at all and others think it's ok to point a the pram, shake their heads and not even bother to open the door or speak to you like your a humanbeing!
This morning I was at a bus stop on burnt ash lane for over 40 mins, the route is served by 126 and a 261 which are timetabled for approx every 10 mins each. So in 40 mins you would expect to see 8 buses - 4 for each route.
What I actually saw was 3 (not even half of what is timetabled)
The first, a 261 simply did the point and shake - and the bus did look rather full so fair enough.
The second, a 126 also did the point and shake - even though I could clearly see there was room for a pram in the designated space.
The Third - a 261 looked very empty and didn't bother to stop or even acknowledge me.
I gave up and went home after this.I have to say, as a mum I have found the attitude of bus drivers in the Bromley area to have appalling attitudes and a general rudeness towards women with prams and it has got to stop!
When I have ventured into central London - I find it to be the complete opposite - getting on buses, especially the bendy ones is great and drivers in central London will often even pop out the little ramps for you! - in 7 months a Bromley driver has NEVER done this for me!
Firstly - TFL - why set yourself your own bus timetables if you can't keep them? and Secondly - why is there such a poor attitude towards women with prams?!
Emma in Bromley x