Latest Update: 30 April 2017
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Sunday 30 April
1) New deliveries to London have slowed
of late although the new E40Ds for Sullivan Buses route
217 (due to be taken over on 3rd June) started to arrive
in the past week and would be expected to be used on
existing services and rail jobs in the meantime. The
rest of CT Plus’ new E20Ds are now in service, the
latest being the 9.0m examples (1272-82) on route
394. Still outstanding for entry into service
(although delivered some time ago) include 12 of Arriva’s
HVs and 14 of Go-Ahead’s LTs. Abellio has so far
received just a few of its new E20Ds (batch 8876-98)
for the 195 and 350 with older Darts and E200s filling the
gap for the time being.
2) The first two of the six Volvo double-decks converted
by Vantage Power from all-diesel to hybrid condition are
now in service , WVL 94 and 95 at Stockwell, so far they
are being used on route 87. Arriva’s two VLAs
and London United’s two VLPs remain to
3) An attempt at route branding has been launched in
the past week on all seven day routes in the Barkingside
area – 128, 150, 167, 169, 247, 275 and 462.
Each route is being identified by a colour, which is
appearing on route tiles and timetable panels on
relevant bus stops. Vehicles will have a
large coloured route number plus substantive route
descriptions in white on vehicles sides and rear.
4) This weekend marks the service cuts in Central
Bedfordshire operated mainly by Centrebus and Grant
Palmer. TLB632 listed most of these, and TLB633 will list
a few very minor replacements. However these are
mainly once or twice a week ‘community minibuses’ for
shoppers and many villages are left without any
meaningful bus services. Threats of
withdrawal from 30th April of some main services in
the Maidenhead area by Courtney Buses have been
deferred for now, but the local council is to re-tender
routes 8 and 16/16A so there may yet be a reprieve.
5) From Monday 26th June RATP Group will transfer Epsom
Buses’ TfL routes to London United control but will move
the Kingston University contract buses from UMC at
Twickenham to Epsom. The remaining bus and coach
fleet of UMC is due to move from Twickenham to LU’s
Hounslow Heath Garage and the tours and excursion business
of Epsom Coaches is to pass to Gardiner’s Coaches who will
continue to run those from a local base.
Friday 21 April.
1) On 20th April TfL confirmed the
changes to bus routes in central London, as listed in
December 2016 TLB628 page 13, except that the 23
projection to Wembley remains to be
decided. See the following link, which has
links within it to the consultation process.
Although no specific dates are yet announced, 3rd June is
pencilled in as a provisional start date for at least some
of the alterations.
2) Today is the last day of D stock on
the District Line, last units (7032+7007) working train 4,
1454 Richmond to Upminster arr 1623 then 1635
Upminster to Ealing Broadway, arr 1812, then empty Ealing
Broadway at 1826 to Ealing Common.
Sunday 16 April
1) A reminder of the Ash Grove (CT
Plus) Open Day next Saturday the 22nd. If you
scroll down this page to the Events listing for 22 April,
you can download a PDF with all the timetables for special
operations on 6A/6B, 236 and 388, using
(respectively) RMs, RFs and an RT.
2) Arriva Southern Counties’ new Van Hool Astron
14-metre tri-axle coaches (Arriva Nos 9000-03) commenced
working on Green Line 758 (Hemel Hempstead- Victoria) in
the past week.
3) From Saturday 15th, Route X26 passed to Go-Ahead London
(Metrobus), using some WVLs transferred from Barking and
retaining (for now) the East London Transit special
livery; until more can be sourced, buses from
the existing fleet are in support. Awaiting arrival
of sufficient new buses is route 195 now with
Abellio; here just a few new E20Ds had been delivered so
E200s and Dart SLFs from the existing fleet are in
support, the Darts having been reinstated after withdrawal
from route 235 in early January.
Tuesday 11 April
LBSL intends to enter into new
contracts for the following routes with the operators
33 (24h) London
Euro V diesel single deck
88 (24h) London
Euro VI New Routemaster
2010 Euro V diesel double deck
New Euro VI diesel single deck*
220 (24h) London
2012 Euro V diesel double deck
New Euro VI diesel single deck
2010 Euro V diesel single deck
2012 Euro V diesel single deck
* 8 vehicles are Euro V built 2010.
Contracts will commence on the following dates:
21st October 2017: Route 220.
11th November 2017: Routes 33 & 419.
18th November 2017: Route 470.
9th December 2017: Routes 88, 170 & 355.
3rd February 2018: Route 118.
Saturday 8 April
1) Saturday 8th, and the
planned changes to 26/100/388 and 207/427 duly took
effect. The 427 (now Abellio) and the 388 (CTPlus)
now have new E40Hs in use. Delivery has commenced
early of Metroline’s VWHs ordered for routes 17, 120, 260
and 302 from June. The Original Sightseeing Tour in
London has received four more Ayats Bravo open-top
double-deckers. Metrobus will shortly take two
more Volvo B8RLEs for Fastway expansion – these instead of
the two extra StreetLites erroneously reported in
the March TLB.
2) From Tuesday 4th April, bus routes of Amber Coaches in
Thurrock were passed to other operators on emergency
contracts until they can be re-tendered. Route
11 and 374 are being operated by Ensignbus for Thurrock
Council and the 269 by Nelsons (Amber’s parent company)
for Essex County Council.
3) RATP-DEV has announced that from 26th June the Epsom
Coaches Group will be controlled more closely in
conjunction with London United. The Quality
Line TfL services and local routes in Surrey all based at
Epsom should continue unchanged but the group’s coach
tours and holidays business is to be closed down after
many decades. It is expected that the United
Motorcoaches operation will also close down, although the
Kingston University contract services will transfer to
4) Purchasers of our 2017 Fleetbook should be aware that
after going to print, two batches of new buses for London
had their booked registrations scrambled. Tower Transit MV
38216-230 are now LJ17 WSE-F-K-L-W-Y, WRW-X,
WSD-N-O-U-V-X-Z. Hackney CT (CTPlus) 1272-82
are now YX17 NWS-T-U-V-W-Y. E8NJB, YX17 NWN-O-P-R.
For earlier reports refer to TLB
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involvement nor responsibility for any event
noted. We usually confine this listing to events
with an expected London bus interest or within
easy reach of London. Full national event lists
can be found in the April issue each year of
'Buses' magazine and at http://www.classicbuses.co.uk/events.html
30 April: Country Bus Rallies
running day at
Saturday 6 May: NLETE Transport Bazaar
at Theydon Bois Village Hall. Open
11.00-15.30, admission £3 (acc. children free),
refreshments available, no public car parking.
Vintage bus display, some giving free rides around
Epping Forest, subject to vehicle and crew availability.
Sunday 7 May: HCVS London to Brighton run.
Wednesday 10 May: 70th anniversary of
post-war RTs. Photo opportunity Victoria Bus
Station 1045-1100, followed by private road run to
Abridge and Leyton Garage for 3RT3s. Photo
opportunities at Abridge (approx. 1245-1315) and Leyton
Garage (approx. 1530). Return run over route 38
departs Leyton approx. 1700. The buses will not be
in service, except that The Classic London Bus Society
(tclbs.org) is running a trip on RT191 (pre-bookings
only). Leyton garage will not be open to the
public. More information will be available at www.Red-RF.com.
Saturday 13 May: Faversham, running day using mainly former
East Kent buses.
Sunday 21 May: A&DMBS Running Day
at Staines Bus Station. See website for programme
details: Staines running day
Feeder buses to the event, subject to availability on
the day, as under; they return after the event:
Route 216: Kingston Cromwell Road 0915, Hampton Court
Green 0923, Hampton Station 0927, Sunbury Village 0935,
Sunbury Cross 0940, Ashford Royal Hart 0951.
Route 218: Kingston Cromwell Road 0915, Winters Bridge
0926, Esher High Street 0936, Hersham Barley Mow 0943,
Walton Ashley Road 0950, Shepperton Station Approach
0959, Laleham Church 1006.
Route 353: Amersham Station Hill Ave 0840, Chalfont St
Giles 0851, Chalfont St. Peter Church 0856, Gerrards
Cross Packhorse 0902, Slough Station Brunel Road 0920,
Windsor Parish Church 0937, Old Windsor Bells of Ouzeley
Route 436: Guildford Bus Station Stop 16 0845,
Send Mays Corner 0906, Woking Cawsey Way Stop A 0922,
Woodham Black Prince 0937, Addlestone Dukes Head 0945,
Chertsey Bell Corner 0952
Route 441: Slough Station Brunel Way 0942, Windsor
Parish Church 0959 then all stops via Old Windsor,
Englefield Green, Egham and Pooley Green.
Route 460: High Wycombe Bus Station 0848, via Wycombe
Marsh, Loudwater, Beaconsfield London End 0909 then via
Hedgerley, Farnham Road, Slough Station Brunel Way 0937,
then via Datchet and Wraysbury
Route 462: Weybridge Station Stop C 0935, Weybridge
Ship 0941, Addlestone Dukes Head 0949, Chertsey Bell
Route 724: Harlow Bus Station 0820, Ware Crossing 0837,
Hertford Bus Station 0844, Hatfield Station 0900,
St.Albans City Station 0918, Chiswell Green 0925,
Garston Garage 0935, Watford Junction Stop 1 0945,
Croxley Station 0953, Rickmansworth Station Stop A 0958,
Maple Cross 1006, Denham Station Parade 1011
Route 725: Croydon Fairfield Halls Stop KC 0840,
Wallington Green Stop GW 0851, Sutton Grove Road Stop S
0859, Cheam Village 0903, Worcester Park Station Stop C
0911, New Malden Kingston Road Stop L 0917, Kingston
Wood Street Stop P1 0930 then via Hampton Court and
Bank Holiday Monday 29 May: Quainton
Road, Bucks Railway Centre, Bus Rally.
Sunday 4 June: Didcot Railway Centre, Transport
Sunday 4 June: CBR Running Day at Hertford.
Sunday 11 June: Southsea Common Bus
Sunday 18 June: running day on route
406, Kingston to Epsom and Tadworth, featuring a range
of buses that have worked the route. More
information will be available at Red-RF.com.
Sunday 25 June: London Bus
Museum, Brooklands, Summer bus event.
Sunday 25 June: Bus rally at
Barleylands Farm, Basildon, Essex.
Sunday 2 July: Reading
Buses Open Day (11am-4pm) at Great Knollys Street Depot.
Sunday 9 July: A&DMBS
Running Day at Leatherhead.
Sunday 16 July: Alton, Hants,
major Bus Rally and Running Day (LSS).
Sunday 16 July: CBR Running Day
Saturday/Sunday 15/16 July An ‘LT
Weekend’ at EppIng Ongar Railway.
Saturday 22 July: Metroline,
Potters Bar Garage Open Day and Running Day.
Sunday 30 July: Worthing, west
end of sea front, Bus Rally.
Sunday 30 July: Oxford Bus
Museum, 50th anniversary Bus Festival.
LT Museum Discovery Tours at Acton Depot – various
dates, 28/29April, 26/27May, 22/23June, 28/29July (all
Fris and Sats) - see www.ltmuseum.co.uk