Latest Update:  14 September 2019

Society news

This page gives up-to-date major news items to supplement our monthly newsletter, •The London Bus• (TLB). Items noted here will be incorporated in the next issue of TLB in greater detail. News updates will usually be weekly, by Sunday evening, but if major stories arise we will attempt to announce them sooner. Reports more than a month old and already reported in TLB are deleted. Each issue of TLB is typically 40 pages containing references to around 300 routes and 1000 vehicles, together with the business and political news, the publicity output of the companies, forthcoming exhibitions and rallies, and much more. To get the full picture, why not join now? Go to the Membership Page for details.

If you need to contact us with anything to do with membership, subscriptions to TLB or LBM and queries over postal sales, email to and it will be passed to the correct person. Reports for TLB/LBM or queries to other society officers can go via the TLB Editor and it will passed to the correct person.

Note that the TLB Editor has a new address:  

Forthcoming Conway Hall meetings

Doors  open  from 6pm. sales stand from 6.30pm, event begins at 7.30 and is finished by 10pm. There is no charge.  Visitors are welcome, especially from other societies or if you buy something or join as a new member. Meetings are held monthly (except January, July & August) 

Conway Hall is located at Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. Nearest Underground station: Holborn (Central and Piccadilly Lines) Buses: 1, 8, 19, 38, 55, 59, 68, 91, 168, 171, 188, 243 & 521 stop nearby.

LOTS Meetings and Events

Society Meetings:   At Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1.   Doors open from 6pm. sales stand from 6.30pm, event begins at 7.30 and is finished by 10pm. There is no charge. Visitors are welcome, especially from other societies or if you buy something or join as a new member.   

Monday 30 September: Russell Young 'From ChipVan to BurgerBus', a circular tour around Britain from and back to Liverpool South Parkway
Monday 21 October: Bob Palmer - Pure Nostalgia Part 5.
Monday 25 November: John Parkin - first half on London's buses sold for further service including RT, RM, DMS and T classes. Second half British Provincial trolleybuses.
Monday 16 December: - to be advised

The London Bus (TLB)

TLB660 was posted on Tuesday 13 August. The closing date for reports for TLB 661 was Wednesday 4 September and it is due for posting on Tuesday 17 September. The closing date for TLB 662 is 2 October.

New and Recent LOTS publications:

Also note that on the ‘membership’  page of this website is a new membership form. When you are due for renewal you should receive one of these, or you can print the one on the website.  Note that at the bottom of  the form that there is a new way of renewing.  It can be paid directly to our bank account and then you must send the MemSec an email to let him know you have done it.

Please address your orders to LOTS Postal Sales, Unit G16 Lombard Business Park. 8 Lombard Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 3TZ. Make sure that the 'Postal Sales' name is included prominently, so we can give the order the best attention. An updated Sales List was included with TLB636. You can use this list to order, or a letter is perfectly acceptable, and so is the Sales List printed off from our website.  In each case, please don’t staple cheques to the form – they really won’t get lost by us but might be when the banks try to process them electronically!
LOTS’ latest publications, available now:

LOTS LBM189 London Bus Magazine Autumn 2019: (£5.00) **NEW** Main articles are “Over the Bridges” by Barry Turner, “Country routes 350/350A” by Richard Moseling and “All change in central London” (a photographic snapshot of the 15th June change).

LOTS SUP-39A: (£4.50)  **NEW**  This 56-page booklet encompasses the TfL operators’ fleet and garage allocations from SUP36 and a simplified PVR table from SUP37.  Some features are dropped from 36 (eg. Fleets of non-TfL operators – see Fleetbook and occasional features in TLB) while items like LSP operations from 37 are dropped. The PVR tables are now in route order. It also removes much of the duplication of vehicle type codes, garage codes, and which bit of each group runs what. 

LOTS SUP-24I: (£4.50)  **NEW**  The latest LT Service Vehicles Current fleet.

LOTS TLB Extra – Vehicle news of 1954:  (£7.00)  (64-pages illustrated).  

LOTS Bus & Tram Fleetbook 2019 (£7.00): Now enhanced with summaries of more operators that cannot fit in the main text and a return of London Dial-a-Ride but still pocket-sized A6.  It includes no fewer than 12,418 vehicles and is now available on sales stand and from Postal Sales.

LOTS Review 2018 (£12.00),
the definitive account of last year, vehicles, routes and the politics of London and also record of changes in the country areas of the Home Counties.

TLB Extra – Vehicle news of 1953:  (£7.00) (80-pages illustrated).

From Mike Harris, the latest London bus maps:

Greater London Bus Map for 15 June 2019 (2) and a Night Bus Map for 15th June 2019 (£4)
From each edition of the series an amount of the price is donated to a charity.  In this case it is to the Firefighters Association.

Also, in the Historical series -
The 1976 Greater London Bus Map, 10th April 1976 - £4.00
The 1952 Greater London Bus Map, 6th July 1952 (Second Edition) - £4.00

TLB Extra – Vehicle news of 1948 to the 1980s:  (£6.50/£7 each year) (80-pages illustrated)
See the Publications Page for details of LOTS publications or the Sales Bulletin for our current stocklist.

Non-members may wish to look at a sample issue of TLB.
Hopefully this will whet your appetite for joining LOTS!


Latest news 

Saturday 14 September

Two weeks of September have passed and no 69-plate buses have been delivered to London.  The electric E200EVs for route 100 are still in build and several Metroline BDEs and a lot of OMEs remain to arrive.

Sunday 8 September

There are no significant news items this week.

Sunday 1 September

1) Now it is September we can await the first 69-plate registrations  in our area – although none have yet been notified.  They will probably be some of the Outstanding BDEs and OMEs at Metroline and on the Arriva Southern Counties StreetLites still due at Hemel Hempstead.


Sunday 25 August

1) Saturday 24th saw Abellio route 407 go over to all- hybrid E400Hs making it the first main TfL route into Surrey to go hybrid.  Also on the 24th the London Bus Museum staged a special run over route 22 using RT1  (plus RT4779, STL441 and STL2377) to commemorate 80 years since  RT1 first ran in August 1939 – on the 22.   

2) This Sunday and Monday afternoon and evening is the annual Notting Hill Carnival with the 2X and 36X back for another year and many substantially enhanced allocations on routes in the area.


Friday 16 August


LBSL intends to enter into new contracts for the following routes with the operators listed below:



Current Operator

New Operator




N/A (new route)

Tower Transit


Existing single deck (details TBC)


N/A (new route)

Abellio West London


Existing double deck (details TBC)


London United

Abellio West London


New Euro VI hybrid double deck


Abellio West London

Abellio West London


2017 Euro VI hybrid double deck


* 24 hour route.


The above contracts will commence on the following dates:


7th December 2019: Routes 218 (Hammersmith to North Acton) & 278 (Heathrow Central to Ruislip).

11th April 2020: Route 427

27th June 2020: Route 285.

Tuesday 13 August

1) The last dozen Stagecoach Trident/ALX400s have been stood down gradually over the past two weeks, leaving two at Leyton.  Their last day is due to be this Friday 16 August – so watch LVF, should be on the 215 or 275.


2) The intention is to introduce at least the first three of the new Optare MetroDecker EVs onto route 134 next Monday 19th. 

Sunday 11 August

1) The prototype ‘London’ version of the Caetano e.City Gold electric bus is now with Abellio at Walworth Garage. It is not expected to appear in service but is being used for familarisation prior to the eventual delivery of 34 of these buses for routes C10 and P5. 


2) With the recent standing down of the last pair of Stagecoach Trident/ ALX400s at Romford and Bromley, there are just five left that have continued into August, two at Leyton (normally on routes 215 or 275) and three at Plumstead (usually on the 472). It is likely that these will cease passenger operation very soon now, perhaps in the coming week.   Meanwhile, Metroline still has two Trident/ ALX400s (TA642 and  648, usually on the 210) and two Volvo B7TLs (VP549 usually on the 302 or 460 and VP614 usually on the 140).


Coming Events
(LSS) =  LOTS Sales Stand booked to attend
These are publicised as a service to the readership; LOTS has neither any involvement nor responsibility for any event noted. Many events have admission fees, I have included them where they have advised, you should check with organisers or websites before attending if costs worry you. 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 Our website is regularly updated with other events.

Sunday 21 September: Bat & Ball Station Heritage Open Day and free bus routes with RM/RML/DT/NRM/Daf/Volvo Ailsaamongst others. Details here.

Saturday/Sunday 28/29 September: LT Museum open weekend at Acton.

Sunday 29 September: Showbus at Herts County Showground near Redbourn (LSS). Three special services are to run to and from the Showbus ralley from Hemel Hempstead (Carousel Buses 1 as an extension of the usual 1A from High Wycombe to Amersham) from St Alban's CIty Station (Red Rose Travel) as the S99 and from Luton Interchange (AtS) as the Sx.

Saturday 5 October: Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park, Vintage bus running day.

Sunday 6 October: A&DMBS running day based on Chesham Broadway

Saturday 12 October: NLETE Transport Bazaar at Theydon Bois Village Hall, open 11:00-15:00, admission £3 (accompanied children free)

Saturday/Sunday 12/13 October: Isle of Wight Beer and Buses weekend event.

Sunday 13 October: Canvey Island Transport Museum open day and bus ralley at Labworth recreation ground.

Sunday 20 October: 'Transportfest' at London Bus Museum, Brooklands.

Saturday 2 November: ATS at Borehamwood (LSS)

Saturday 16 November: NLETE Transport Bazaar at St Paul's Centre, 102 Church Street, Enfield, open 11:00-14:30 admission £3 (accompanied children free)