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The Outer Circle

Williamstreeter

master brummie
I kept promising myself to do the entire route on the No 11 bus . Alas I got distracted what with work and then of course the girls . Never did manage it
 

Morturn

Super Moderator
Staff member
My dad drove the number 70 on occasion. I also remember in the 80s where the buses charged kids 2p and you could go anywhere, we went on the number 11 and did two or three trips in one day, it was great!
I also recall the 20p go anywhere ticket. I My friend at work, who was in his late twenty’s had a very boyish look and was able to get away with asking for a 20p ticket
 

Pat Downey

Brummie babby
A Sunday afteroon outing was a ride on the number 11 bus round the outer circle. I can't remember how long it took but it was usually tea time when we got home. We never got off the bus, we would have had to pay again to get home, and none of the shops were open anyway. :D
 

Pat Downey

Brummie babby
A Sunday afteroon outing was a ride on the number 11 bus round the outer circle. I can't remember how long it took but it was usually tea time when we got home. We never got off the bus, we would have had to pay again to get home, and none of the shops were open anyway. :D
I caught the Outer Circle 11 bus in Perry Barr to Soho Road to attend Handsworth Tech, but then switched to riding there on my bike so that I could head directly to the newsagent's after school to begin my delivery, which included Westminster Rd., Stamford Rd., Hutton Rd., Crompton Rd. and others. The newsagent was on Heathfield Rd. My Dad was the police inspector of the station in Perry Barr.
 

Dave89

master brummie
Hi Pat,

I seem to remember that the Outer Circle took around 2 1/2 hours to go right round,
and that the outer ring was about a mile longer than the inner ring.

In the 1950's I walked the whole route on 2 occasions, - I wouldn't want to do it now!

Kind regards
Dave
 

aston lad

master brummie
Never did the outer 11 route, but did the inner circle quite often most Sunday mornings while my nan got the dinner ready, only took an hour to go all the way round and only cost 6d...
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
When I was 7 we usually made a weekly visit to an aunt in Perry Barr. Sometimes my mom and aunt wanted a 'grown up' chat and got rid of me, my sister, and cousin for 2 hours by sending us on the Outer Circle bus round trip. We caught the bus in Aston Lane and always chose the clockwise route.
 

A Sparks

master brummie
Hi Pat,

I seem to remember that the Outer Circle took around 2 1/2 hours to go right round,
and that the outer ring was about a mile longer than the inner ring.

In the 1950's I walked the whole route on 2 occasions, - I wouldn't want to do it now!

Kind regards
Dave

I walked the Outer Circle route from Wellington Road in the mid 80's for the Walkathon charity thing they used to have, was fine up until the Swan Yardley - about half way I think - it started to get more telling after that and I had to grit my teeth for the final mile or two! I did it though.
Oh how I wish I could walk that distance now!
 
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