Post by vjaska on Feb 8, 2019 18:07:25 GMT
I was pondering these 'town centre' cuts that seem to be coming and thinking about how I shop. I doubt I'm alone in this but I don't get on the bus at the same place I get off. Croydon's not a great personal example as I seldom go there now but taking Bexleyheath as an instance, I alight at Asda and then work my way along the Broadway to Sainsburys, getting a bus home from the Clock Tower. So there's always likely to be an imbalance in loadings in one direction. I suspect you see this in Croydon - people get off at the 'boundary', say West Croydon, and then head south returning from there (and vice versa). These types of changes are going to make life a lot less convenient, 'hopper' or not.
When I generally go Croydon which is becoming less and less and will probably virtually cease after the cuts come in, we usually get off on Park Street and shop from south to north before picking up the bus at West Croydon Bus Station or West Croydon Station so in a similar fashion to yourself - what I could see happening is people left with a choice of either walking a lot more in order to reach the bus home depending on what shops you walk to & from or shop in a different town centre. The worse outcome will probably be more cars in Croydon thus increasing congestion and making bus travel even worse.