Ungenius in History 1: Worst Bus Service

1 Oct

The Book of Heroic FailiuresThe Book of Heroic Failures by Stephen Pile (1979) is one of my favourites. Subtitled ‘The Official Handbook of the Not Terribly Good Club of Great Britain’, it catalogues a magnificent collection of the world’s least successful endeavours. Here’s a peach entitled, ‘The Worst Bus Service’:


Can any bus service rival the fine Hanley to Bagnall route in Staffordshire? In 1976 it was reported that the buses no longer stopped for passengers. This came to light when one of them, Mr Bill Hancock, complained that buses on the outward journey regularly sailed past queues of up to thirty people. Councillor Arthur Cholerton then made transport history by stating that if these buses stopped to pick up passengers, they would disrupt the time-table.


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