Thanks PM that is helpful to know. They must teach bus drivers something different in training school, because that bus driver is not the only one to have said it.
Bus drivers routinely pull out knowing the cyclist behind is overtaking or trying to overtake and this happens routinely on the eastbound along Oxford Street (Plaza end), New Oxford Street, Bloomsbury Way. It forces the cyclist off the road, into the next fast moving lane, or worse into oncoming traffic and it’s jarring. Maybe this gives bus drivers the power trip they need and then race them to the next set of lights, which are usually red, so it makes no sense really but it happens. Nothing done by the police. (are there any traffic cops left?)