I'm new to the area, but absolutely horrified by the conditions on the 188 Bus. If it's not more overcrowded than a Central American camioneta in the morning, it's stopping for minutes at a time, sometimes with the bus being turned off and turned back on again.
I'm most curious -- what is the reason for the bus parking at a stop in between Tower Bridge Road and Elephant & Castle, turning off (lights and sign go off) and then turning back on five minutes later? Is this a driver behaving badly and trying to reset some sort of tracking device?
As one of the most convenient (well, it should be...) buses in this part of London, I think we should agitate for its immediate improvement -- this bus is way below standard.
What amazes me about the 188 is that if your waiting for a greenwich bound bus at the first stop in tbr,opp The George pub,you will see 10s of people getting off there but no one is allowed on because it's too packed.