Latest Update: 20 June 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
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and are being forwarded.
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, 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.
Mon 18 June: LOTS AGM – in the Brockway Room
at Conway Hall, NOT in the main hall.
Mon 23 July: No Hall Meeting, but free Bus
Rides from Red Lion Square bus stand at 7.30pm.
No meeting in August and the normal September meeting
is now on 1st Oct due to hall bookings.
Mon 01Oct: Andrew Braddock, ‘London’s
public transport viewed from inside and out’.
Mon 22Oct: Bob Palmer, colour slides
‘Pure Nostalgia, Part 4’.
Mon 19Nov: John Parkin, A photographic
celebration of London’s red and green buses since late
Mon 17Dec: Jeff Tucker, ‘London and the Home
Counties in the 1970s’.
The London Bus (TLB)
TLB646 was posted on Tuesday 12 June. The closing date
for reports for TLB 647 is Wednesday 4 July and it
is due for posting on Tuesday 17 July.
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, available now:
SUP-36KK London’s Major Operators Fleet
Allocations June 2018 (£4.00) **NEW** This
will be printed later in June and first available at
Postal Sales by around 25th June. Thus you may order as
soon as you like but they will not be dispatched until
after the above date. This and all the other recent
publications can be bought over the counter at Alton
(15July) and Potters Bar (28July).
LOTS LBM184 London Bus Magazine Summer
2018: (£5.00) **NEW** The
principal feature is ‘The evolution of the London OMO
Double Decker, Part 1’ (up to 1968) by M E Papes; ‘A
day on the road’ – Stephen Floyd is out for the day from
the office to see how the operation works in
practice; lastly a short piece on ‘Electric
London Bus & Tram Fleetbook
LOTS London Bus Review 2017 (Greater
London and Beyond) (£11.00).
LOTS LBM183 London Bus Magazine Spring
2018: Principal features
are: “Red buses and a Middlesex village”- Harefield,
route 128 and its successors, also one about “The People’s
League for Freedom” – buses in the 1958 strike. (£5.00)
From Mike Harris, the latest London bus maps:
Greater London Bus Map No.37, 14th April 2018 -
Greater London Night Bus Map, 14th April 2018 -
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.
TLB Extra – Vehicle news of 1950: (£7.00)
TLB Extra – Vehicle news of 1949: (£7.00)
TLB Extra – Vehicle news of 1948: (£6.50)
Recent titles from other publishers:
Stagecoach Group Fleetbook 2018 (all UK) from
Andrew Woolhouse (£18.00), 204 pages, A5 size with
many colour illustrations .
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
Non-members may wish to look at a sample
issue of TLB.
Hopefully this will whet your appetite for joining
Wednesday 20 June
LBSL intends to enter into new
contracts for the following routes with the operators
32 New electric
17 2014 Euro VI
hybrid double deck
27 New electric
9 New Euro VI
diesel single deck**
262 Stagecoach East
11 Double deck
372 Stagecoach East
Euro VI hybrid double deck
396 Stagecoach East
4 2011 Euro V
diesel single deck
16 2014 Euro VI
hybrid double deck
473 Stagecoach East
deck (details TBC)
14 2011 Euro V diesel
7 2012 Euro V
diesel double deck
2 2012 Euro V
diesel double deck
* 24 hour route.
** 3 vehicles built 2017.
All Euro V vehicles will be upgraded to Euro VI emissions
The above contracts will commence on the following dates:
19th January 2019: Route 228.
26th January 2019: Routes 472, 601 & 602.
2nd February 2019: Routes 43 & 134.
9th February 2019: Route 122.
23rd February 2019: Route 486.
30th March 2019: Routes 262, 372, 396 & 473.
The electric double-decks are
BYD/ADL-EV for route 43 and Optare MetroDecker-EV for
Sunday 17 June
There are no significant news items to
report this week.
Sunday 10 June
1) This weekend’s changes in London
went off quietly with DE for the 268 and TE for the 231
sourced within the existing fleet. The H2/H3 is
using the Arriva Solos on hire for up to two months, while
the SW class of StreetDecks moved with route 340 from
Garston to Arriva Palmers Green. Garston now
operates just routes 288, 303, 305, H18/H19 until 31st
August, after which all transfer to London Sovereign.
2) Go-Ahead’s long- promised two Volvo B5LHCs with Wright
SRM bodies (VHP 1 and 2) are now in course of
delivery. These are to use the overhead pantograph
method of electrical re-charging. It had been planned that
they would work from New Cross but that was changed to
Peckham and they will be allocated to route 37. Suitable
infrastructure will be needed, i.e. erecting pylons at
Peckham Bus Station and at Putney Heath Bus
Stand. On a similar vein, the BCI triaxle LX18
DGF will not now be trialled on route X68, an alternative
route is being sought.
3) Even though all the batch of buses has now been
delivered, a delay in installation and re-location of
electrical charging points at Holloway Garage for the new
BEL class of BYD/ADL E200-EV buses will mean a delay in
their introduction onto route 46. This had been due
on 23rd June but a new date remains to be decided and
meanwhile, DE buses will continue to be used.
Numerous VMH class (Volvo B5LH/ MCV) buses have been
delivered, so the take-up by Metroline on 23rd June of
route 30 and the double-decking of route 274 should get
under way quite soon.
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.
Sun 1 July:
Sunday 24 June: London Bus Museum summer
event at Brooklands, ‘On the Buses’, celebrating
60 years since the first production RM and 50 years
since the last production RML (2760).
CBR Classic Bus Running Day
based at Eastbourne Rail Station.
Sun 1 July:
Reading Buses Open Day at
its depot at Great Knollys Street, Reading.
Sat 7 July:
Bournemouth, Bus Rally at King’s
Sun 8 July
A&DMBS Country Bus Running Day based on Hemel
Hempstead Town Centre. Feeder Bus details for our 70th
Anniversary Green RT event at Hemel Hempstead on 8th
July are as follows:
Route 307 from Luton, Harpenden and Redbourn.
Routes 316/A from High Wycombe, Hazlemere (316),
Beaconsfield (316A), Amersham and Chesham.
Route 353 from Slough, Gerrards Cross, The Chalfonts,
Amersham, Chesham and Berkhamsted.
Route 708 from Croydon, Streatham, Central London,
Cricklewood, Edgware, Bushey and Watford.
Route 724 from Harlow, Ware, Hertford, Hatfield and St.
Route 725 from Croydon, Wallington Green, Sutton,
Worcester Park, New Malden, Kingston, Teddington,
Hanworth, Yeading, Denham, Rickmansworth and Watford.
Route 727 from Dorking, Leatherhead, Chessington, Hook,
Surbiton, Kingston, Teddington, Hanworth, Yeading,
Denham, Rickmansworth and Watford.
All Feeder Bus times can be found within the event
programme which is available to order through
Please note that we no longer publish feeder bus timings
Sun 15 July: Bus Rally and Running Day at
Alton, Hants (LSS)
Sun 22 July: Essex Bus Rally at Barleylands
Sat 28 July Open Day at Metroline Potters Bar
Garage, 1030-1600 (LSS).
Sun 29 July: Bus Rally on Worthing Sea Front
Sun 5 Aug: Tinkers Park Bus Rally, Hadlow Down
near Uckfield, East Sussex.
Sun 5 Aug: Gosport Bus Rally at
Stokes Bay, Hants.
Sun 19 Aug: A&DMBS Country Bus Running
Day at Oxted and Westerham.
B/H Mon 27 Aug: Seaford & District Running
Day, based on Lewes.
Sat 1 Sept: East Kent Bus Day at Walmer
Green. Deal, Kent.
Sun 2 Sept: Horsham Bus Rally and Running
Day, based at Hop Oast park-and-ride, Horsham.
Sun 2 Sept: Brentford Festival at Blondin
Park, includes bus display and local Routemaster route.
Sat 8 Sept: ‘Open House’ English Heritage
weekend, involving free heritage bus services on the
Saturday around Oxford City Centre, also at Coventry and
Sat 8 Sept: Chingford, Royal Forest Hotel, 50th
Anniversary of closure in Sept 1968 of the former bus
terminus. NLETE event with bus display, local free
rides, bookstall, open 10.30 to 17.00.
Sat 15 Sept: Open Day at Metroline Holloway
Sat 29 Sept: Delaine at Bourne, Heritage
Running Day and Garage Open Day.
Sun 30 Sept: Showbus at Donington Park,
Sun 7 Oct: Amberley Museum Transport Gathering.
Sun 7 Oct: Bus Rally at Labworth
Rec.Ground, Canvey Island, also local Bus Museum sales
Thurs 11 Oct: LHRG meeting at TfL HQ Palestra,
opposite Southwark Jubilee line station, 6pm for 6.30
start, subject tba:
Sat 13 Oct: NLETE event at Theydon Bois
Village Hall, Bus display, local free rides,
some sales stands, open 11.00 to 15.30, admission £3
(acc. children free), no public car parking.
Sat/Sun 13/14Oct: Beer & Buses’ event,
on the Isle of Wight, extensive services and displays
Sun 21 Oct London Bus Museum at Brooklands, open
10am, entrance fees apply. Transport Fest, Leyland is
the theme, especially 50 years since the last RTL in
Sat 3 Nov: ‘Aldenham Transport Sale’ at
Allum Hall, Elstree. Many sales stands, entrance fees
Sat 01Dec Ensignbus Vintage Bus Day,
many local and guest vehicles in service.