‘A bit of escapism!’ Man travels by 14 local buses from London to Lancashire in just a day

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Jo Kibble, an official at Ealing council in west London, challenged himself to a peculiar holiday. He travelled as far as possible from London by local bus.

Mr Kibble wanted to see how far he could go from London in under 24 hours.

The 39-year-old does not drive and is passionate about public transport.

The trip was therefore perfect for him.

After leaving Lonon’s Charing Cross on Friday, August 20, at 3am, Mr Kibble travelled through the midlands to reach the north of England.

He hopped on buses going through Slough, Milton Keynes, Leicester, Buxton, and Manchester.

The Englishman’s final destination was Morecambe.

The seaside town in Lancashire is 211 miles away from the capital.

It took Mr Kibble 21 hours and 24 minutes to get there.

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The public transport enthusiast came up with the idea for the trip during lockdown.

After spending a few weeks planning his route, Mr Kibble left central London alone, with just the packed lunch his wife, Lisa, had made him for company.

Explaining his decision to take the unique journey, Mr Kibble said: “Having been denied any possibility of a more exotic trip, I thought it would be a fun way of getting a bit of escapism and seeing a bit of the country.

“One of the great things about buses is that you are high up: you can see over hedges and houses.”

When planning his trip, Mr Kibble said he made sure to find towns and cities that were about an hour apart by bus.

He also gave himself enough time between buses in case of delays.

The 39-year-old enjoyed the journey, saying: “We moan a bit about our public transport system.

“I think it is a bit better than we give it credit for.”

Mr Kibble explained the highlight of the route was the stretch between Matlock and Buxton in the Peak District, which he described as “stunningly beautiful”.

As for the bus fares, the total cost of 14 buses was £56.95.

The travel enthusiast returned to London by train, costing him another £40.90.

Although Mr Kibble travelled more than 200 miles, he said he wasn’t “100 percent certain” if Morecambe was the furthest destination he could have reached in 24 hours.

He added: “I need to catch up on some sleep. I may as well head home to do that, rather than pay for a hotel room.”

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