Latest Update: 27 July 2021
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
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LOTS meetings and events
Conway Hall meetings
to the continuing pandemic all LOTS meetings
are CANCELLED until further notice
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, 188, 243 & 521 stop nearby. Doors open from
6pm. Sales stand from 6.30pm, event begins at
7.30pm 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. In normal
times, meetings are held monthly (except January, July
The London Bus (TLB)
TLB 683 was posted on
Tuesday 20 July. The closing date for reports for
TLB 684 is 4 August and it is due for posting on
Tuesday 17 August.
New and Recent LOTS publications:
For queries about Postal Sales, please
This E mail address may also be used for ordering from
Postal Sales if wishing to pay by direct debit bank
transfer - for details see Page 1 of the Sales Bulletin.
Please address your orders to LOTS Postal Sales, Unit G16
Lombard Business Park. 8 Lombard Road, Wimbledon, London
SW19 3TZ. Orders are processed weekly. 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 TLB670. 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 London Bus & Tram Fleetbook 2021: Updated
to TLB681. (£7.00).
TLB Extra 1956 The
last of the series although there is a difference.
1956 was a fairly slack year for vehicle changes so
book has been expanded from 60 to 80 pages to include
a summary of all the updates to all the other issues
1948 to 1955 and
1957-1984. Fully illustrated in B&W but with
original 1956 colour cover pictures.
LOTS Review 2020: An A4-size 80-page book detailing
all the London region events of last year, with over
100 colour pictures. £13.00.
LOTS SUP-39B TfL Bus
Operators Fleet Allocations and PVRs
LBM 195 Spring 2021
London Bus Magazine (£5). The main features are
another 'travelogue' by Bob Saxby
featuring TDs and trolleys at Edgware and
"Origins of Peckham route 381" by Malc
LOTS LBM194 Winter 2020/21 London Bus Magazine
(£5) The main article
is 'A return to Hammersmith please - a history of
London bus routes 110 & 111 by Colin Stannard
and Peter Bradley. Also, 'A modern London
enthusiast' by Matthew Wharmby, mainly a
photographic item covering the years 1983-1989 but
including some photos of 1991. Plus 'Rail Air Links
to Feltham Station' by Philip Wallis.
LOTS LBM193 London Bus Magazine Autumn 2020:
articles are 'In Memory of via points' by Colin
Fradd with 57 pictures; reminiscences of bus, tram and
trolleybus routes serving Clerkenwell in the early
1950s by Nigel Davis, plus 'All change at the London
LOTS London Bus & Tram Fleetbook 2020. The
32nd edition of our 128-page pocket size
Fleetbook, updated to June 2020. Orders can be
taken by Postal Sales ( £7.00 post free to members, add
+15% for postage to UK non-members or +30% for all
TLB EXTRA 1955 is now available, same prices as
Fleetbook. An updated full sales list can be
printed out by going to the ‘Sales’ tab on this website.
Extra 1954 and Extra 1953 (£7.00 each) also
Review 2019 (£13.00) As ever, this is the original and
definitive story of buses in London and the country
areas during the last year, fully illustrated with
LOTS SUP-24I: (£4.50)
The latest LT Service Vehicles Current fleet. Current at
TLB Extra – Vehicle news of 1948 to the
1980s: (£6.50/£7 each year)
Sales List in TLB670: Please
note on page 2 that Capital Transport books attributed
to Mick Webber are incorrect. ‘London’s 70s Buses’
is by Matt Wharmby and ‘London’s Country Buses’ is by
From the Sales List, the following are
LOTS TLB Extra 1973.
Grey-Green and Contemporaries (1961 to
(SEC, John Allpress’s) The three Routes
Handbooks for 2019 - Brighton & Hove Buses;
First Hampshire & Dorset and Stagecoach South
Recent items from other publishers:
Young Routemasters (James Whiting) £16.95. A photograph and caption book
covering each route conversion to Routemasters 1956 to
London's Disused Railway Stations - Inner
South East London (CT) £22
Wires above South East London (Robert Harley) £25
A London trolleybus reborn Q1 1812 (Dave Chick) £25
Vehicle History File - London DMS (Wooleybus) £22.50
Valliant Years (coaches in W & NW
London Country Vehicle Memories by Julian Bowden & Michael
Dryhurst £16.00 Bowden Publishing (A4
The London Feltham Tram The Evolution of a Classic Tramcar Design by
Peter Waller £25.00 Pen & Sword Books
Croydon Tramlink A
Definitive History by Gareth
David £30.00 Pen & Sword Books
SEC’s 2020 Update to its 2019 Fleet List
and Sussex Independents books, 32pp
Trolleybuses in East Central London. Published by Adam Gordon £30.00. 184
pages –details on ahgbooks.com website.
Wires above South East London. (Robert Harley) £25.00 Heathfield
Publishing (part of Capital Transport – more details on
Regional Tramways: London Transport (Waller)
£25.00 Pen & Sword (includes history,
DLR and Croydon Tramlink)
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
Also, in the Historical series -
The 1976 Greater London Bus Map, 10th April 1976 -
The 1952 Greater London Bus Map, 6th July 1952 (Second
Edition) - £4.00
See the Publications Page for details of LOTS
publications or the Sales Bulletin for our current
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.
Non-members may wish to look at a sample
issue of TLB.
Hopefully this will whet your appetite for joining
Tuesday 27 July
intends to enter into new contracts for the following
routes with the operators listed below:
The hybrid and diesel vehicles
detailed above will meet Euro VI
above contracts will commence on the following dates:
30th April 2022: Routes 111 &
28th May 2022: Route 177.
30th July 2022: Route 613.
Saturday 25 July
Delivery of RATP’s fleet of 127 BYD/ADL E400EVs have
begun although they will be stored for a time as none of
their intended garages and routes will be able to take
them for another couple of months. At Arriva
London the E400EVs ordered for route 319 and – once
delivered - may be able to be used in a few months time
as electric installation has begun at Brixton Hill
Last weekend the Gropo Julia London tour gained an extra
bus, a Volvo/ Gemini (No.13808) from Stagecoach in
Cambridge in City Sightseeing red livery.
Saturday 17 July
This Saturday 17th July saw
the transfer of Go-Ahead routes 15/N15, 115, 649/650/651
from River Road Barking to Henley Road Garage at North
All the London sightseeing operators are now running but
with a hefty reduction in the number of open-top buses
out in service. This is to be commensurate with the
severe reduction in tourism.
One month after the start of electric operation on
Go-Ahead route 200 with 7 MetroDecker EVs, just 2 more
(Me 8 and 9) appeared in use on 16th July.
Saturday 10 July
The last of the 37 Tower Transit MetroDecker EVs arrived
finally in early July, nine months after the first
appeared. Routes 23 and C3 (combined pvr 32) are
now fully stocked with the type with only the occasional
DNH or MV when necessary. Meanwhile,
London General’s first seven continue in service
in route 200 with ten of the order still to come.
The hydrogen fuel cell buses (WHD class) at Metroline
continue to be only out in service in small
numbers. From the fleet of 20 there has never been
more than 10 in use on any one day and it is
usually no more than 5 or 6 and just 1 or 2 at
weekends. Consequently VWHs remain the dominant
type on route 7 .
Southdown PSV is revising its whole network from
Route 357 will be withdrawn and the 411 will be extended
at both ends to cover most of it. Substantial
changes also on the 422/424. In Essex from 26th July route
381 will pass from Ugobus to Vectare and the 418 from
Central Connect to Stephenson’s of Essex. This
introduces the latter to the Loughton area and they will
also take the school 804 route from the next term.
For earlier news read LOTS TLB
(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
Our website is regularly updated with other events.
events are subject to any Covid-19 restrictions at
the time. Please check before travelling.
August: Dorking Country Buses running day CANCELLED
Sunday 08 August: ‘Buses magazine’
Festival, at East of England Showground,
Sunday 08 August: Tinkers Park (near
Uckfield, East Sussex) Bus Rally
Sunday 15 August: Suffolk Bus Run from
Haverhill via Sudbury and Ipswich to Bury St
Saturday 21 August: Warminster (Wilts) –
Routemasters to Imber.
Sunday 22 August: Festival of Transport, War
Memorial Park, Basingstoke.
Sat/Sun 28/29 August: 90 years of Bedfords at
Pages Park, Leighton Buzzard. Displays and a road
run on the 28th, vehicle
demonstrations on 29th.
Saturday 04 September: ‘East Kent at 105’ at
Dover Transport Museum.
Sunday 05 September: 70 years of the RF’
Running Day at Epping Ongar Railway, North Weald.
Normal bus 339 from Epping Station,
feeder bus 718 at 10am from Chingford Station.
Sunday 05 September: BBPG Running Day between
Godstone and East Grinstead CANCELLED
Sunday 12 September: King Alfred Running Day
from Winchester Broadway. (Also a static display
Sunday 26 September; Showbus at Hertfordshire
Showground, Redbourn. (LSS)
Sunday 3 October: Chesham Country Buses
Saturday 09 October: London Bus Museum’s
Route 93 Running Day.
Sunday 10 October: South East Bus Festival,
Detling, Kent. (LSS)
Sunday 24 October: Transportfest at London
Bus Museum, Brooklands.
Saturday 30 October: Stagecoach Plumstead
Garage, 40th anniversary Open Day.
Fri/Sat 05/06 November: Aldenham Spectacular
at Borehamwood (LSS).
You must check on the event websites or on the
full national event list at http://www.classicbuses.co.uk/events.html
Our website is regularly updated with other events.