I can’t help noticing that as crowds at The Valley have got smaller, the signs warning of bus diversions around matches have got bigger, with huge red panels warning of changes to the 380 and 486 services. If only bus drivers took notice of them too – sights like the one above, where a 486 got caught in the departing crowd after yesterday’s match against Sheffield Wednesday, happen from time to time.
Not sure why the 380 needs to be shifted – the smaller crowds for football mean getting through Wellington Gardens and Charlton Church Lane is less of a problem.
But the police close Charlton Church Lane for a short while after matches, so the 486 is certainly affected. But when even the bus drivers can’t even follow the diversions, something’s not working properly.