Public service at its best. One bus that takes you to Wavertree, Old Swan, Tuebrook, West Derby, Norris Green, Croxteth, Fazakerley, Aintree, Walton, Bootle, Seaforth, Litherland, Waterloo and Crosby? That’ll be the 62 then, let’s go!
When I was little we’d come here as a realistic alternative to going to town, as it was packed with thriving shops. Not so at the moment, sadly.
Looks like plans to turn the site into the usual ‘new concept’ in something or other have stalled. No blue plaques in evidence, but this is where I was born. Paul McCartney too.
Turning left into College Road. Now it’s Crosby. And after a long and interesting ride we say farewell to the 62. We’ll be following the rest of its journey on foot.
We soon arrive at our planned lunch destination. One we’ve found through Independent Liverpool’s wonderful Card.
It’s busy, but we get pretty much the last table. The place is as exquisite as Independent Liverpool had told us. Both of us taking care to have moderate first courses so we can get to the cake.
After the cake we need a good walk!
Now we’re approaching Crosby Town Centre. First, a pleasant surprise.
This independent baker’s with a chain of shops around here had closed a couple of years ago. But clearly someone’s now bought the business and is giving it another go. Well done and good luck.
I’m saddened and surprised. Nice, solid, genteel Crosby, where many of the people have often voted for the Tories. And this is their reward. This is this what the government’s so called ‘austerity’ has done to their place?
Later on at home I find that Sainsbury’s are involved in the blighting too. More here from local group ‘A Better Crosby’.
We decide not to go back on the 62, which is only twice an hour on Saturdays. Instead getting on a ‘one every five minutes’ 53.
Next we arrive back at Bootle Town Centre.
Feels to me like the front line of the class war that is currently Britain’s economy. This is still one of the richest economies on Earth and yet whole communities of our people are left living their lives like this, while the bankers whose activities triggered off the ‘austerity’ queue up for their next bonus millions.
An interesting day then, right the way round Liverpool by bus. A day full of thoughts and surprises. Not all of them good ones.
Yes, it’s 62 pictures from the 62 bus journey – in case you were counting!
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