|I wasn't happy that this wasn't in focus at the time, but at this rate the shot may not be repeatable.|
|Double whammy, as this MMC was actually rare. They were banned when Hammersmith Bridge was still open.|
|TfL usually aren't a fan of scheduled curtailments, but an exception has been made this time.|
|On the 209 it's quite fun seeing if any buses have more than 5 people on board....harder than you might think.|
|Whilst Metroline quickly sorted out their blinds for the 209, RATP are still lagging behind.|
|The 533 did actually exist before the indefinite closure of the bridge, but London United operated it on a temporary basis.|
Although I haven't managed to sample the newly created N33/N72 yet, I've heard many reports that buses are carrying healthy loads. The two routes did run 24/7 before the cutback and it would be unacceptable to cut people off from Hammersmith even in the middle of the night, but the Castelnau area has lost its 24-hour service as a result of the alterations. The N33 turns off at Barnes Station to run via Putney Bridge, whilst the N72 also goes this way after starting from Roehampton.
Overall, the Hammersmith Bridge related bus changes are a shambles. The general public were clueless for several days after they were implemented due to a lack of publicity, whilst almost all of the modified routes are either over-provided (209) or under-resourced (33, 419, 533). By closing the main road link out of Barnes, residents who are trapped inside the meander will already struggle to get out and about, but having an appalling public transport system just makes the problem ten times worse. I really hope TfL take on board the advice they've been given by bus users, as at the moment the network around Barnes is such a mess, it's easier to just walk everywhere.
Thanks for reading and take care!