|Central London routes are always a nightmare to snap in the sun. Even this spot was so risky...|
|Excluding the background, playing a game of spot the difference between the Abellio and LU 211 photos might be somewhat difficult.|
|This photo was taken on 2019's hottest day, because I cleverly decided to leave my 81 snapping session until the last minute...|
there are some enhancements during the school run. It's hard to believe that it primarily used single deckers just under a decade ago - the combination of long distance and local trips, around the Heathrow villages or along Bath Road, mean buses are pretty well-loaded throughout the day, but are noticeably busier towards Hounslow in the evening peak. The convenience and value of an oyster card has clearly driven away custom from the local First Berkshire services around Slough and Langley, which have been drastically cut over the past few years. If you haven't ridden the 81 already, I urge you to take a trip to Slough and back; it has to be one of my favourite routes in West London. It's incredible that the same journey involves negotiating the bustling hubbub of Hounslow, cruising down the Bath Road dual carriageway, admiring the planes taking off at Heathrow Airport and passing through extremely quaint villages, some of which are endangered with the upcoming Heathrow expansion. It'll be fascinating to see what happens to the 81 if plans for a third runway come to fruition - even if a direct service from Slough to Hounslow is retained, I'm sceptical that it'll be anywhere near as attractive.
|One good thing about snapping the 81 is that lots of the route is exposed, so finding a sun spot is never difficult.|
|One advantage of snapping in the early evening is the lack of traffic - usually this spot would be impossible!|
|I'm really happy that a 222 showed up in the background, as these sister services are once again at the same company.|
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