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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
and it will passed to the correct person.
For queries about
Postal Sales, please firstname.lastname@example.org.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.
LOTS meetings and events
Conway Hall meetings
The next meeting will be on Monday
27th September with the delayed AGM at
Conway Hall, it will be held in the smaller Brockway
Room with further meetings on Mondays 25
October and 29 November in the usual hall. There
is no meeting in December. Further details will
follow in TLB 684. Visitors to Conway Hall are
encouraged to wear face masks and those feeling
they could have Covid symptoms are asked not to
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 685 was posted on
Tuesday 21 September. The closing date for reports
for TLB 686 is Wednesday 6 October and due for
posting on Tuesday 19th October.
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 Magazine LBM 197 Autumn 2021. Main
items are 'The last years of step entrance buses Part
focuses on non-TfL and Country area operations and 'an
imaginary journey by tram 90 years ago. (£5.00)
LOTS London Bus Magazine 196, Summer 2021. Main
items are, Step entrance buses in and around London
Part 1, a Woodford
walk about in 2020 and The Last Regular Routemaster
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.
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
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 TramThe Evolution of a Classic Tramcar Designby
Peter Waller £25.00 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
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
A second operator has declined a HertsCC contract
win; Reg’s Coaches had won the B3 at Borehamwood
from 26 September, so Sullivan Buses will continue to
operate it as before.
Next weekend 02 Oct and routes 21, 38, 40 are next for
pvr reductions. From the 38, more LTs are moving to
Enfield for route 349. Route 132 contract is
renewed with Go-Ahead but the new electric buses will be
some time coming yet. Route 180 passes to Stagecoach
with more Tower Transit VHs to support the allocation,
again as new electric bus deliveries are running late.
3) National Express has announced it is considering a
bid to buy Stagecoach and says discussions are ongoing.
4) SeaLink Travel Group which owns Tower Transit, has
announced a joint venture between RATP to be called RATP
Dev London Transit Ltd (“RDLT”) to bid for and run TfL
contracts. This covers Tower Transit's operations from
Westbourne Park. Lea Interchange is not part of the
Friday 17 September
A correction to last week’s items: Ref to route 23
cuts should read route 22 – along with the 436 and D7;
all three are Go-Ahead. Next on the list for service
cuts is Stagecoach 277 from the 25th.
2) Tower Transit VHs on loan to Stagecoach at
Catford for the 160 from the 18th have been used in
the past week on the 47 and 199..
At Aylesbury, Redline now has 4 ex Whitelaw’s silver
liveried E20Ds for its service X20 to Oxford, while
Red Rose has three of the same for its service 17 to
4) A few of Arriva’s EA-class BYD/E400EVs have been
in service although it is very limited at present.
Friday 10 September
Metroline Alperton Garage is duly closing on the night
of 10/11 September with the last routes (83/N83/483)
transferred to Perivale Garage. An open day on the 11th
features the LOTS sales stand and several local bus
rides. Open 10:30 to 16:00, entry fee (to charity)
2) The other changes of the 11th were more frequency
cuts on London routes 11, 29 and 59. Next Saturday 18th
routes 23 22, 436 and D7 will follow and in the
case of the D7 the last four Scania d/ds with Go-Ahead
will be withdrawn. Also on the 18th route 160 changes
from Arriva to Stagecoach and to begin some VHs hired
from Tower Transit will cover until E400EVs are
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.
All events are subject to any Covid-19
restrictions at the time. Events that seem
likely to go ahead are below, although you
check before travelling.
LSS= LOTS Sales Stand should attend).
Sunday 26 September; Showbus at Hertfordshire
Showground, Redbourn. (LSS)
Saturday 2 October: NLETE Transport Bazaar at
Theydon Bois Village Hall, 11am-3.30pm. Admission £3
(accompanied children free)
Sunday 3 October: Chesham Country Buses
Running Day from Chesham Broadway
Saturday 9 October: London Bus Museum’s Route
93 Running Day between Putney Heath and Dorking.
Like the 65 event last Aprilthis will be a
combination of free public service along most of the
current 93 (excluding the congested Putney High
Street section) plus the historic route to Epsom and
Dorking. It will include a road run for vehicles
that prefer not to run in service. All heritage
vehicles are welcome, whether London or otherwise,
together with special buses from current fleets. As
with the 65, much of the route is within the LEZ,
which restricts the inner section to compliant or
exempt vehicles, but the section between North
Cheam, Epsom and Dorking falls outside the LEZ and
gives an opportunity to run older and newer vehicles
together on the same road. Depending on various
factors, the timetable is likely to comprise a mix
of through and short workings.
10 October: South East Bus Festival, Detling,
Sunday 24 October: Transportfest at London
Bus Museum, Brooklands.
Saturday 30 October: Stagecoach Plumstead
Garage, 40th anniversary Open Day.
Friday/Saturday 5/6 November: Aldenham
Spectacular at Borehamwood (LSS).
Sunday 7 November: Muswell Hill Running Day
on former routes, e.g. RTs on 212 express, 244,
251A, RM on 134A, RF on main 212.
Full timetables available in due course.
Saturday 20 November: NLETE Transport Bazaar
at St Paul's Centre, Church Street, Enfield.
11am-2.30pm. Admission £3