I’m an occasional user of the 605 bus. True, I don’t use it all the time, and so I was taken aback when I went to the bus stop on Exhibition Street hoping to catch it. There was a sign to the effect that the bus doesn’t come this way any more!
I checked the situation when I got home. There have been very substantial changes to the route at the city end. The Minister’s press release says this has this has to do with the construction of the metro tunnel, a fact not mentioned on the PTV website (which talks about “improving reliability” by avoiding the Olympic Avenue precinct – not a credible proposition!). I’ve yet to work out how it can possibly be that the construction of the Metro tunnel would have affected the previous route (perhaps time will tell), but as the bus now travels up Anderson St then along Birdwood Avenue and Linlithgow Avenue, it seems to me that what’s going on here is that this circuitous and inconvenient route for many has been imposed to offset complaints about the removal of former route 8 from Domain Rd. I hope Merton Hall is satisfied!