Trim a bit here, chop a bit here, cut that bit out. How easy it is to alter bus routes, unlike trams where it much harder to alter a route.
In the early 2000s, along with R's sister and brother in law, we were staring up Bayswater Road in Kings Cross, vainly waiting for a bus to take us to the Quay.
Oh look, where did this one come from. Quickly, it says Circular Quay, we'll grab it. It had come down Darlinghurst Road and was continuing in that direction towards the Harbour. Little did we know. It felt like it took an hour to get to the Quay, but just checking timetables, it would have been a bit over thirty minutes.
The bus route begins at Railway Square, Central Station, and travels under the Eddy Avenue viaduct, down Elizabeth Street, Liverpool Street and Oxford Street where it then turns in Darlinghurst Road. You go along the main drag in Kings Cross and along Macleay Street before heading off towards Elizabeth Bay Road whereby it follows the circuit of the road and then does a marvellous diversion down Ithica Road and loops around to rejoin Greenknowe Avenue. The streets twist and turn, up hill and down dale. None of us regretted catching the slow bus to the Quay, it was such an interesting trip.
While it is only pretty well half hour service, the bus was quite busy, with people, most of them older local people, getting on and off the bus as we went. It was a very nice trip for us tourists but clearly a very useful local bus for local people. It seems not everyone in Elizabeth Bay is rich.
After that part, it goes down to Cowper Wharf Road and then back to William Street via back streets of Wooloomoolloo? and on to the Quay in a more conventional manner.
Now Sydney Buses want to chop off a bit of the route, the most interesting bit, the Ithica/Billyard/Onslow loop where the numbers are on the map. I don't doubt it is uneconomic, but I will plead that it is socially useful. Shame Sydney Buses. 'Want to' are perhaps wrong words, it is fait acompli. The service cut will start this coming Sunday.