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Yes, Chris, indeed, I have travelled on the 25 many times (at times with a leg or an arm caught in the door). A horrific experience in spite of the philantropic bus drivers. I would estimate that only about 1/8th of the passengers touches their Oyster card to the reader -- the rest of them cluster around the two readers (located by the doors) in hope that if they're checked, they can pull out their card fast enough. Tempting... maybe that's why they tend to be even more crowded than other buses, if that's even possible.

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by Barbara on Thu Nov 23rd, 2006 at 05:07:49 PM EST
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Surely the most cosmopolitan bus route in London, as well.

Apart from the East End immigrant populations of Bangladeshi's and Somali's, I have noted a phenomenal rise in Eastern European riders in the last couple of years.

(Any other bids for Cosmopolitan Route of the Year, anyone?)

Didn't note any difference as between likelihood of use of Oyster card though... I reckon your observation is about right, Barbara, both in terms of Oyster use and "Reader Clustering".

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Thu Nov 23rd, 2006 at 05:20:05 PM EST
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