The wonderful world of Harlow Dial-a-Bus

IF you have never discovered the wonderful world of Talking Pictures TV that now might be the time!

An archive film & TV channel. It shows classic British film & TV and classic American TV.

You can find it on Sky 328, Freeview 81, Freesat 306 & Youview 81.

Doing the rounds at the moment is a wonderful little gem from 1974 called Dial-a-Bus Harlow.

Basically, it did what it said on the tin. If you lived in Old Harlow, you rang up, booked a bus and it turned up.

Basically, like a communal taxi. It ran between 0700 hrs and 2330 hrs.

Why did it stop? We are told it was just too expensive.

The film from 1974 remains a fascinating insight into a piece of Harlow’s social history.

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2 Responses to "The wonderful world of Harlow Dial-a-Bus"

  1. kthe5   July 5, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Amazing what can be found sometimes.
    https://trl.co.uk/sites/default/files/SR214.pdf
    Supplementary Report 214C

  2. DagenhamDave   July 7, 2020 at 11:16 am

    A nice comment by kthe5, which the link download reported this: “In practice the timekeeping performance has been very good, and in week 20 the proportion of pick-ups made within +5 minutes of estimate was 88 per cent.”

    I wish one could say the same about Arriva.

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