'Ghost bus' makes its final journey after four 'pointless' years

The ghost bus makes its final journey after four years, dubbed one of the most pointless transport services in the country.

More passengers than usual were on board for its final journey today

The once-weekly 'rail replacement' bus between Ealing Broadway and Wandsworth Road.

The service was put on to "replace" a train service between Birmingham and Brighton which ceased in December 2008, leaving two short sections of track in West London with no scheduled train services.

The bus makes its final journey from Ealing Broadway to Wandsworth Road

What seems as a move to avoid the hassle of a formal closure process, and to allow officials to argue that the train line had remained open and avoid a public consultation on closing unused sections of track, this completely useless token weekly bus was put on at a cost to taxpayers of £500 a week.

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'Ghost bus' makes final journey

The once-weekly 'rail replacement' bus between Ealing Broadway and Wandsworth Road made its final run today. The service was put on to replace a train service between Birmingham and Brighton which ceased in 2008 at a cost of £500 per week.