Latest Update: 22 March 2018
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. Reports for the TLB
Editors and communications to Society Officers can be sent
by e-mail to "firstname.lastname@example.org".
TLB covers the operations and vehicles of around 120
companies working local bus services in Greater London and
the Home Counties in the region roughly bounded by the old
London Transport country-bus operating area. Each issue 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.
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, 25, 38, 55, 59,
68, 91, 168, 171, 188, 242, 243 & 521 stop
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 23 April: Gerald Mead, ‘You have
forgotten, haven’t you?’ - recalling different bus
Monday 21 May (joint with NTA) Alan Osborne,
‘Trolleybuses (and some Trams) from around the Globe’.
Monday 18 June: LOTS AGM – in the Brockway
Room at Conway Hall, NOT in the main hall.
The London Bus (TLB)
TLB 642 was posted on Tuesday 13 March. The closing date
for reports for TLB 644 is 6 April and it is due for
posting on Tuesday 17 April.
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 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:
LOTS LBM182 London Bus Magazine Winter 2017/18:
Principal features are “Underground
extensions are now open!” and “Re-registrations
revisited”. (£5.00) **new**
TLB Extra – Vehicle news of 1950: (£7.00)
TLB Extra – Vehicle news of 1949: (£7.00)
TLB Extra – Vehicle news of 1948: (£6.50)
(80-pages illustrated) **recent**
Recent titles from other publishers:
Stagecoach Group Fleetbook 2018 (all UK) from
Andrew Woolhouse (£18.00), 204 pages, A5 size with
many colour illustrations . **new**
Green no More by Peter Aves, 152
pages hardback, over 150 colour pictures. It presents a
rather different aspect on the history of LCBS
1970-1988. £30.00 (Capital Transport).
Building London’s Underground (From
cut-and-cover to Crossrail) by Antony
Badsey-Ellis. (376 pages about the civil engineering
that created LU) £30.00 (Capital Transport).
The Streets of London Transport by Mick
Webber. (96 pages of “evocative
photographs showing buses, trams and trolleybuses of
London Transport at work during the period from 1933 until
1969”. Includes 12 pages of colour. £19.95
(Capital Transport). **new**LOTS’ latest publications:
Non-members may wish to look at a sample
issue of TLB.
Hopefully this will whet your appetite for joining
Thursday 22 March
1) LF67 EVV, a Volvo 7900E electric
demonstrator entered service with Arrva Kent Thameside on
Fastrack A from 21st March to 9th May, running a
supplementary schedule between Dartford and
Bluewater. Other than on odd days when it is needed
for demonstration purposes, it is intended to operate
all-day (approx 0630-2330) Daily with a daytime routine
departing at xx00 from Dartford and at xx30 from
Bluewater. This bus has its overhead ‘conductive’ charging
at a mast at Greenhithe Station.
Sunday 18 March
There are no significant news items
Sunday 11 March
1) As virtually all buses needed for
service changes London in March were delivered and
licensed in February, new 18-plate buses in London have
been thus far non-existent. Just the last two HVs (411/2)
for Arriva London and the next batch of Go-Ahead EHs
(215-224) for Camberwell are to come soon with 18--plates.
Thus it was Go-Coach at Sevenoaks that has the first
18-plate bus in our area on the road in the past week – an
2) Monday 12 March sees the start of Arriva minibus
services 1 and 2 in Sevenoaks to replace route 452 to
Kemsing and the Dunton Green end of 402. At Luton,
revisions to Arriva F70 (with new F77) has speeded up the
Luton- Leighton Buzzard buses by using the Busway.
Harlow town service 10 is extended to Hertford to replace
short journeys on the 724. At Slough the
delayed operation of all-day Daily service on route 2 by
Courtney was able to begin. However the 10th was the last
day of Arriva minibus route X1 Guildford- Horsham.
For earlier reports refer to TLB or join
These events are provided as a service to
readers, LOTS has no involvement nor responsibility
for any event noted below:
= 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. 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
(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 http://www.classicbuses.co.uk/events.html
Our website is regularly updated with other events.
Friday/Saturday 23/24 March:
Museum, bookable Depot tours at Acton.
Saturday 24 March:
bus rides in Oxford City Centre, using Bus Museum
preserved vehicles every 15 mins from 5,45pm to 8.30pm
from outside Balliol College in Broad Street. Download
Saturday 7 April: South East Bus Festival
this year’s theme is the 60th anniversary of the Leyland
Atlantean, (LSS). Go-Ahead London will be running route
36X from Victoria via southeast London. Click here
for details of times and fares.
Saturday 7 April:
Bazaar. St Paul’s Centre, 102 Church Street, Enfield, open
11:00 to 14:30, admission £3 (acc.children free). 10-min
walk from Enfield Town, 4-min Enfield Chase.
Sunday 8 April: Amersham & District Motorbus Society
Running Day at Watford and Garston.
Feeder buses are due to operate as follows, and return
301 from Aylesbury, Tring, Berkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead
Station, Kings Langley
321 from Luton, Harpenden, St. Albans
321 from Uxbridge, Denham, Rickmansworth
335 from High Wycombe, Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross, The
375 from Windsor, Slough, Iver Heath, Rickmansworth
724 from High Wycombe, Amersham, Rickmansworth
724 from Harlow, Ware, Hertford, Hatfield, St. Albans
725 from Croydon, Wallington Green, Sutton, Worcester
Park, Kingston, Teddington, Yeading
Full details of feeder bus times are contained
within the event programme which will soon be available to
order at £8.00 post free from our website.
www.amershammotorbussociety.co.uk or alternatively, by
post from the Society at 68 Hitcham Road, Taplow,
Maidenhead SL6 0LZ. All cheques payable please to The
Amersham & District Motorbus Society, and please, no
personal callers to the Taplow address unless it is just
to drop an order off through the letter-box. Please
note that all terminating buses at Garston Garage from
11:15hrs onwards will turn by running through the main
garage, although passengers MUST remain in board.
Sunday 15 April:
London Bus Museum Brooklands
Spring Gathering. (LSS). Download a press release
. There will
(on current Network Rail information) be no trains serving
Weybridge Station for London Bus Museum’s Spring Gathering
on Sunday 15 April.
There will however be fast trains between Waterloo and
Woking and stopping trains between Woking and Byfleet
& New Haw. There will therefore be an additional
single-deck bus service (numbered 462A) meeting trains at
Byfleet & New Haw, departing from Byfleet Road outside
the station at 1004/1104/1204. Trains leave Waterloo
for Woking at 0915/1015/1115, giving an acceptable journey
time of 44 minutes and are the quickest route to the event
from London. Return buses depart LBM at
1450/1550/1650 to connect with trains from Byfleet &
New Haw at 1502/1602/1702. The 462A will
provide an anti-clockwise service via Weybridge and
Addlestone in the morning, clockwise in the evening.
22 guest buses are booked for service on the 462, 462A and
Tours, featuring a wide range of ancient and modern,
London and non-London, buses and coaches. This will
be the first Spring Gathering to make use of the
newly-extended Finishing Straight at Brooklands for the
bus display, and entry also includes access to the new
Brooklands Aircraft Factory and Flight Shed exhibitions.
Saturday/Sunday 21/22 April:
LT Museum Acton
Depot open weekend (admission prices apply). This event
specialises in LT Design, including the historic poster
Thursday 14 June: LHRG
meeting at TfL HQ Palestra,
opposite Southwark Jubilee line station, 6pm for 6.30
London Bus Museum summer event
‘On the Buses’, celebrating 60 years since the first
production RM and 50 years since the last production RML