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Following the 102 bus

By David Howard

The 102 bus used to pass the bottom of my road in Finchley heading to Chingford Mount (now cut to Edmonton), but had never actually been there, and only to Chingford once in memory, so to celebrate the opening of the new dual carriageway section on the North Circular Road just beforehand headed east to Chingford and beyond until it got dark. Being near the shortest day this was around 4pm otherwise I would have got a bit further. You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page LinkExternal link .

Chingford is actually quite out on a limb, requiring a crossing of the river Lea from the west, either on the North Circular Road at Edmonton or Southbury Road in Enfield a couple of miles north. As a result it's one of those places you can pass on the way east to other places, but as it's not on the way anywhere would never have a specific reason to go there otherwise. I went in about 1987 when my previous hobby of collecting the old Edmondson train tickets was on its way out, with only a year left before withdrawal. I literally covered the country from north to south, culminating in 1990 with a day trip to west Wales to the last privately owned ticket office to collect my first and last ever Welsh Edmondson tickets, and completed the trip in just over 8 hours including stops for lunch and a couple of other stations nearby. Chingford is the end of a short branch line, mainly for commuters, and having driven now from end to end found it quite a reasonable suburb.


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Fri, 3 Feb 2012 at 00:42
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