How many bus routes can say they start with a cable car, and finish at an 1869-built clipper ship?
Well, London’s route 129 can, and it’s today’s feature here on #AYearOfBuses.
A particularly short route at just 2 miles in length, the 129 was introduced in 2006 to connect Greenwich town centre (from the Cutty Sark), to North Greenwich station, on the Greenwich peninsula. Since then, the Emirates Air Line cable car has opened, crossing the Thames from the southern side at North Greenwich to the Royal Victoria Dock and the ExCeL, on the northern side.
At the other end of the 129 stands the Cutty Sark, a magnificent British-built sailing clipper. Built on the Clyde in 1869, she was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest, too.