Latest Update:  25 September 2021

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.

For queries about Postal Sales, please email 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 attend.

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, 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 & August).

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 email 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:


NEW LOTS London Bus Magazine LBM 197 Autumn 2021. Main items are 'The last years of step entrance buses Part 2 which

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 operation.

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 this

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. (£7.00).   


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 (£4.50) 

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 overseas orders.   

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 recent issues.

LOTS 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 informative captions.

LOTS SUP-24I: (£4.50)   The latest LT Service Vehicles Current fleet. Current at September 2019

TLB Extra – Vehicle news of 1948 to the 1980s:  (£6.50/£7 each year) (80-pages illustrated)

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 Kevin McCormack.

From the Sales List, the following are now out of print:

LOTS  TLB Extra 1973.

Grey-Green and Contemporaries (1961 to Arriva years)

(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 1965

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) (£50)

London Country Vehicle Memories by Julian Bowden & Michael Dryhurst  £16.00 Bowden Publishing  (A4 format)

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 (£2.50).


Trolleybuses in East Central London. Published by Adam Gordon £30.00. 184 pages –details on website.

Wires above South East London.  (Robert Harley) £25.00 Heathfield Publishing (part of Capital Transport – more details on C/Ts website)

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 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

See the Publications Page for details of LOTS publications or the Sales Bulletin for our current stocklist.

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 LOTS!

Latest news 

Saturday 25 September

1) 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.


2) 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 deal.

Friday 17 September

1) 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..


3) 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 Bicester.

4) A few of Arriva’s EA-class BYD/E400EVs have been in service although it is very limited at present.

Friday 10 September

1) 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) £2.50.

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 delivered.


For earlier news read LOTS TLB



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.


All 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 should

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.

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.

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

(accompanied children free)

You must check on the event websites or on the full national event list at  

Our website is regularly updated with other events.