A twist on an old favourite poll. Which London Route do you feel offers the least of interest for passengers/crew to look at.
All additions welcome. As an example I'm thinking of routes that don't pass near to anything of interest to visitors, through large areas of areas of the same thing, flat routes, straight routes, town centres neither large nor unique. A thought on areas you don't like beyond objective reasoning, I'm from Barking which was always a bit bleak and the bits that weren't were housing estates full of the same house. But for some weird reason, I hated Romford, which was then a far superior area, hilly, nicer housing, so no grudges or "it's a s***hole there" kind of thinking. It's about scenery not crime hot-spots.
My vote is for the 173, the A13 flanks large, flat housing estates from roughly the same era and marshlands with pylons, factories, wasteland, decay. Little Heath village green is pleasant until you get off and hear the traffic/choke on the fumes.
Last Edit: Sept 8, 2019 17:14:34 GMT by wivenswold
Routes that entirely operate within the boroughs of Havering, Barking & Dagenham, Hillingdon, Sutton or Bexley.
For Havering, The 252 is quite scenic around Upper Rainham Road and parts of Hornchurch areas, the parts of Upminster section of the 248 is pretty nice around there and the 193 between Hornchurch and County Park Estate is a interesting route despite being an round the house single decker route.
The 62 which is an all Barking & Dagenham route is scenic around Marks Gate area including the terminus.
One man's meat, etc.. I find the landscapes and structures around Dagenham quite interesting to look at, certainly impressive. So the 173 and EL2 rank highly for me as 'scenic', if not necessarily bucolic in the way a trip on the southern leg of the 465 is. The 372 has good views over the Rainham Marshes in parts and over to the QEII and Littlebrook. There are people on this forum who have taken the X80 for similar views from the QEII. And plenty of people take the time to travel out to the Rainham Marshes for day visits (the visitor centre has a huge full height viewing window) and make no complaints about what they see.
The most tedious bit of the 372 for me is the suburban section between Rainham and Hornchurch, which just seems to go on forever.
My vote would have to go to a semi-orbital distance route which punches through miles of almost unbroken identikit suburban sprawl, either interwar or postwar. Candidates include the 114, 365, 213, E7..
Always thought the 224 was a pretty grimy route to look at though the window, seemingly going through industrial area after industrial area! Only things worth looking at is what you can spot as you pass ON and the bikes at the Ace Cafe!