I’ve seen lots of driving centres (or whatever they are called) dotted around Tokyo, but this is the first one I’ve come across designed specifically for buses.
I don’t know how long it is before the prospective bus drivers’ venture out onto the real roads, but when they do they’ll be in for a rude awakening after the relative tranquility of the training ground. As you can see by the photograph, there’s a distinct lack of traffic. And perhaps more importantly, it’s totally devoid of middle-aged ladies cycling in random directions, their baskets filled with daily shopping.
I’m afraid to say though that whilst watching the new drivers cautiously make their way around the course, I had an overriding urge to shout, “Get a move on, you could fit a bus through there!” A joke (if indeed you could call it that) they have probably heard far too many times to remember. But the temptation was oh so strong.
Perhaps if I’d said it in English it would have been a bit more original? No, I thought not. Sorry.