|Go-Ahead London WS114 is seen in Westcombe Park on route 286 to Greenwich.|
|Go-Ahead London SE209 is seen at Clapham Junction on route 170.|
|CT Plus DA4 is seen at Barbican Station on route 153 to Finsbury Park Station.|
After this, the 153 becomes residential, travelling through the eye-opening Westbourne Estate as well as the affluent area surrounding Copenhagen Street, which feels quite quaint, especially at 8am on a sunny winter morning. However, my favourite section of the 153 and arguably the most unique part, is between Angel and Moorgate, where the route travels through the office district surrounding Clerkenwell via St John Street, Goswell Road and Beech Street, in addition to serving City University and the Barbican Centre. I love this because no other TFL route dives into this wonderful part of Central London in much detail - the single decker weaves through the streets which are particularly effective at showcasing London's magnificent architecture, especially the towering skyscrapers which are both marvellous yet somewhat daunting to look at.
Despite this, a few minutes away lie some more tower blocks, but of the inner-city council estates and I always find it hard to imagine that the two very different settlements lie so close to each other. This area is often deserted and usually the buses are empty too, although I suspect in rush hour this is an entirely different story. The 153 is also the only route to serve the Beech Street tunnel which is always fun to travel through and hopefully once the Crossrail works are complete the 153 can return to Liverpool Street, its official terminus which is much more accessible than Finsbury Square.
Hopefully you can understand why the 153 feels so different to many other monotonous single deck routes - despite its short length you're provided with three generous insights into completely contrasting environments, with the section through the workplaces being like no other route, offering a perspective you simply can't endeavour from the mainstream 4/56 or 55/243 corridors along the main roads. However, if the residential parts of Clerkenwell appeal to you (and I also recommend exploring them, it's very interesting to travel through given its proximity to the city centre) the non-TFL 812 is brilliant for this, serving a huge number of side roads that even the 153 can't hack. Using a cute yellow minibus, you can pay £1.00 by cash to enjoy this masterpiece of a route and if you need any more assistance with finding the 812 please drop a comment below.
This proof read has revealed that I have made a slight deviation from the intentional short summary of the 153 routeing, although this arguably only emphasises the extent to which I encourage you to go out and try it yourself, in addition to my relief when I found out the route was receiving a decent (in my opinion) batch of single deckers in terms of their interior layout and the ability of being able to admire the external surroundings through the windows, based on previous examples.
|Go-Ahead London SEe70 is a brand new E200 MMC EV, seen on Hemingford Road on route 153 to Moorgate, Finsbury Square|
|Go-Ahead London SEe74 is seen near Copenhagen Street on the 153 to Finsbury Park.|
I wish Go-Ahead the best for the next few years in running the 153 and hopefully they can maintain what seems to be a positive start for this fascinating inner London route.
Thanks for reading and stay safe!