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M25 tour says goodbye

The Argus: The M25: You'll have to drive there yourself now The M25: You'll have to drive there yourself now

It gained headlines around the world and was met with both derision and intrigue.

But the chance to tour the M25 is now over as the bus company behind the scheme has decided to pull the trips.

Brighton and Hove Bus Company has declared it is “time for a change” and has withdrawn the infamous route.

The firm said some 200 people enjoyed the four trips organised around the London gyratory.

Highlights along the route included the Dartford Crossing, Heathrow’s Terminal Five and Lakeside shopping centre.

Advertised as “designed for lovers of modern coach travel”, the tour began in Brighton but hit the motorway at Junction 7 after a short warm-up along the A23 and M23.

The holiday brochure advertised the landmark as “the most hated place in Britain” as voted for by Radio 4 listeners and added that “Caterham Cars claimed it was the country’s worst driving road” but promised to “prove these judgements wrong with a flight of fancy”.

It said it included an “entertaining commentary” during the drive, including “interesting facts about the motorway’s evolution”.

'Time to move on'

Managing director Roger French said: “We had national and international recognition and success for our M25 tours, but it’s now time to move on and we’ve put together an exciting programme of days out on our fleet of luxury coaches for next year, as well as some short breaks which are proving ever more popular.”

Among the new days out planned for 2013 are “Under the Bearskin”, a look at the role of Her Majesty’s Household Division, and an Olympic Legacy Tour looking behind the scenes at the Olympic Park at Stratford.

There is also a trip to the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth and the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport.

Bournemouth or Poole are added to the programme, as are Bird World and Guildford, Guildford Flower Gala, Knebworth House, Royal National Rose Society, Saville Gardens, a Thames Cruise, the War and Peace Show and The Hope Farm.

The 2013 brochure is now available from the company’s new shop, 1 Stop Travel in North Street, Brighton, or online at buses.co.uk.

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2:14pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Hoarder12345444 says...

Is this a joke? People actually pay to drive around the M25 as a tourist? What is there to see? Wow, I think In would rather poke myself in the eye than do a tour of this awful bit of motorway!
Is this a joke? People actually pay to drive around the M25 as a tourist? What is there to see? Wow, I think In would rather poke myself in the eye than do a tour of this awful bit of motorway! Hoarder12345444
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2:21pm Mon 17 Dec 12

leobrighton says...

Since the tours were 'designed for lovers of modern coach travel' I suppose they've run out of potential punters now
Since the tours were 'designed for lovers of modern coach travel' I suppose they've run out of potential punters now leobrighton
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3:39pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

How environmentally friendly of our local monopoly bus company.
How environmentally friendly of our local monopoly bus company. Maxwell's Ghost
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4:11pm Mon 17 Dec 12

billy goat-gruff says...

Why not do a tour in the opposite direction?
Why not do a tour in the opposite direction? billy goat-gruff
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4:23pm Mon 17 Dec 12

davyboy says...

what is interesting is that, in every tour they did, there were no hold ups or jams. it was a good idea, and loads of free publicity, worldwide!
what is interesting is that, in every tour they did, there were no hold ups or jams. it was a good idea, and loads of free publicity, worldwide! davyboy
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4:52pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Hoarder12345444 says...

Would they put the above photo in their booklet? "So for a 4 hour round trip of the M25, we can sit in traffic jams and look at other cars......oh won't be lovely!!"
Would they put the above photo in their booklet? "So for a 4 hour round trip of the M25, we can sit in traffic jams and look at other cars......oh won't be lovely!!" Hoarder12345444
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5:49pm Mon 17 Dec 12

remluf says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
How environmentally friendly of our local monopoly bus company.
Do you know what 'Monopoly' means? Obviously not!
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: How environmentally friendly of our local monopoly bus company.[/p][/quote]Do you know what 'Monopoly' means? Obviously not! remluf
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7:54pm Mon 17 Dec 12

VALETTA says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
How environmentally friendly of our local monopoly bus company.
What monopoly?
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: How environmentally friendly of our local monopoly bus company.[/p][/quote]What monopoly? VALETTA
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11:18pm Mon 17 Dec 12

ghost bus driver says...

Perhaps the fact that one of the blokes involved on the M25 tour was recently sacked has something to do with it. The company has a tendency to try and write sacked staff out of history, and this is certainly consistent with that.
Perhaps the fact that one of the blokes involved on the M25 tour was recently sacked has something to do with it. The company has a tendency to try and write sacked staff out of history, and this is certainly consistent with that. ghost bus driver
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10:11am Tue 18 Dec 12

funkyyoyo says...

he was probably sacked for
doing a tour on the a25 and got lost!!!!
he was probably sacked for doing a tour on the a25 and got lost!!!! funkyyoyo
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11:11pm Tue 18 Dec 12

trystero says...

I blame The Greens.
I blame The Greens. trystero
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