En Route 22, En Croute
In recent times the 22 has been the bus I’ve most often, not least because it links together several of my former day job’s main offices.
It deviates by heading all the Western Approach Road from Lothian Road. This was the first stretch of road that I hadn’t yet bussed along. Sadly, aside from the Leonardo Hotel there’s not much in the way of sights to spot.
At a real barrel scrape, you can see the St Bride’s Centre – where my parents got married – and that has a cafe in it.
It then follows their route through Balgreen and Stenhouse Cross then takes a direct route to South Gyle before it picks up the 18 along South Gyle Access.
It then weaves through the offices and burger vans – I stopped off at J&W Catering – along South Gyle Crescent before depositing at the Gyle shopping centre.
So overall, the 22 is the first route that I’ve explored that has little in the way of unique elements to it. It’s a brill service but it crosses and parallels many, many routes without ever striking out into pioneer territory. It’s no less enjoyable for that, but for this feature it barely adds a single food or drink business that can’t be seen from a combo of other buses.