When I first started driving a bus here in Devon I spent 6 months driving round Newton Abbot. There were 3 main routes which went to Buckland, Sandygate and High Week. Each route took 12 minutes to get to the destination and 13 minutes to get back to Newton. Then 5 minutes stand time and round again, and again, and again. On a bad day, i.e. a 9 and a half hour shift you could do 17 round trips. Some people like this kind of bus driving but I am not one of them. When I first went in the office looking for a job I explained to the depot manager that I was driving a bus in London but was thinking of moving to Torquay and did he have a job for me. When he said yes my next question was, "When can I go on the 12 route?" It is a long route, it takes 2hour 45 minutes to do a complete round trip and it is only just possible to do 3 round trips a day and that is on a long duty, 2 and a half is about average and is much more to my liking. I can not be doing with up and down 15 or 17 times a day. After 2 hours and 4 trips done and 13 more to go makes for a long day. Now I came across a route to other day that take 24 weeks to do a round trip. London to Sydney, lots of stops. Never get bored with that many round trips a year.
It is run by a company called OzBus and the fare is £3750 one way, takes 12 weeks so bring a good book. The first trip left on the 16 September and the next trip is due out on the 23 September so get booking.
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