I don’t much care for Tuesdays at the best of times. Tonight was pretty miserable though. I sat on a bus for 20 minutes as it struggled its way across the city centre from Salford Central station to Piccadilly Gardens. It took ten minutes just to get to Deansgate (also rammed with traffic) – a stately 600 metres averaging about two and a half miles per hour. No, I’m telling porkies: the bus didn’t even make it as far as the terminus, with the driver kindly letting passengers off opposite Mosley Street Metrolink stop, stuck at the back of a queue of buses waiting to turn into Parker Street.
Just as well really, as Piccadilly Gardens was gridlocked. Buses were queued all the way round back to Portland Street. Whilst bus services towards the southern half of the city were heavily disrupted, our special sympathy goes out to passengers headed for Salford, Wigan and Bolton. Bad enough to wait for your bus stuck at the back of a queue on Mosley Street, but they’d also the roadworks in Salford to contend with too. What caused the problem? Roadworks? Peter Kay at the Arena? Manchester City at home? A combination of the three? The wet weather? Something else?