Personally not so keen on the idea. I would not want to wait by myself in the dark in a quiet lane. I'm much happier out on the main road where seen by all and it was chosen for this reason in the winter, with the added protection of the bus shelter if required. The bus stop gives us an area to move out into the moving traffic.
Can I recommend that you do not meet at the bus stop but at the start of Chalmerston Road instead. (That location caused confusion during the Monday night summer rides as it is!)
That bus stop is on a busy trunk road opposite a busy shopping facility that will commence late night opening towards Christmas. Meeting on bicycles at that location in summer daylight isn’t ideal. Meeting there on winter nights isn’t a good decision guys. Go round the corner where it is safe, quiet and on the proposed route.
Yup - same for me - I plan to make it along most weeks when I can.
Like Allan P - I really enjoyed these rides last year and would encourage anyone who’s not been but is thinking of doing it to come along. Just invest in decent lights and some reflective clothing. It’s a great chance to get out for some miles through the winter and it’s a really sociable bunch!!