General thanksgiving on the buses

16 December 2009


From the Revd Alan W. Wright

Sir, — While the Revd Dr John Pridmore (Diary, 11 December) is undoubtedly erudite, he does not appear to have travelled widely, apart from Hackney and Brighton.

I have used my bus pass quite extensively in various parts of the country, including London, North Lincolnshire, Hull and East York­shire, and Norwich. Almost invariably, people have said “Thank you” to the bus driver on alighting — a common courtesy obviously more widespread than Dr Pridmore believes. Perhaps the country is not “godless” after all.

1 Birchdale, Barton on Humber
North Lincolnshire DN18 5ED

From Mr Howard Reeve

Sir, — If Dr Pridmore thinks that Brighton is the only place in the country where bus drivers are thanked, he has obviously never been to Cardiff. Here bus drivers, and even sometimes train guards, are routinely thanked for a fast, pleasant, and safe journey.

100 Bishops Road
Cardiff CF14 1LY

From Mr Peter Hoare

Sir, — Dr Pridmore’s comment that Brighton must be the only place where passengers thank the bus driver can’t go unchallenged. It is very much normal practice in Nottingham. In his former parish of Hackney (where we are frequent visitors), of course, the buses usually don’t let you off at the driver’s door; so you don’t have the opportunity to thank them. Maybe it’s just the contrast with Brighton.

21 Oundle Drive
Wollaton Park
Nottingham NG8 1BN

From Mr Colin Wright

Sir, — The habit of thanking the driver when leaving the bus is common in the Shrewsbury area, and I noted the same on a recent visit to Norwich.

If Dr Pridmore is right, then London appears to be godless — but I suspect that a combination of another exit from the bus and the Oyster card enables Londoners, godless or otherwise, to avoid contact with the bus driver.

6 St Annes Road
Shrewsbury SY3 6AU

. . . and more in a similar vein from all over the country. Editor

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