Latest Update: 21 April
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The next meeting is on Monday
29 April: Peter Batty, Commercial Director
Arriva London, My 40 years in London’s Transport.
Monday 20 May: An Electric Evening: London’s
first generation trams (Eddie Dawes) and British
provincial trolleybuses (John Parkin).
And then Monday
01 July (AGM), 22 July (bus rides), 30 Sept, 21 Oct, 25
Nov, 16 Dec.
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Buses and pubs in south London, plus the usual Around
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London Bus & Tram Fleetbook
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Greater London Bus Map No.37, 14th April 2018 -
Greater London Night Bus Map, 14th April 2018 -
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1) We regret to announce that Colin Lloyd, who has
handled part of the Current Vehicle News of TLB for the
past 32 years, passed away on Wednesday 3rd April after
losing his battle with cancer and other associated medical
problems. Fuller details will be in April TLB for
LOTS members but for anyone who needed to contact him with
news must, for now, re-direct to email@example.com
2) Would Mr. P M, who paid a sum of money into our
account on 8th March, please contact our Membership
Secretary via firstname.lastname@example.org or by post at our South
Wimbledon office address.
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Sunday 21 April
1) The major disruption in central
London since last Monday 15th affected 53 day routes
and 62 night routes that had to be curtailed or
diverted. The group ‘Extinction Rebellion’ (climate
change peaceful protestors) set up encampments at Marble
Arch, Oxford Circus, Parliament Square and Waterloo Bridge
and blockaded all approach roads. From Friday 19th a
handful of routes could revert to Piccadilly and Trafalgar
Square as there were no blockades there. By
about 1730 on Saturday 20th protestors had been moved from
Oxford Circus and some routes (but not all) were resumed
there. A full list of service alterations will
be in May TLB.
2) Since the total closure of Hammersmith Bridge on the
afternoon of 10th April local bus services were badly
disrupted. As the closure is to be long-term a major set
of route alterations is imminent, affecting routes 33, 72,
209, 265, 419 and 485, with night buses on 33 and 72 being
revised to be different to the day services.
3) The conversion to two-way of Tottenham Court Road duly
occurred from midday on Saturday 20th and the long-awaited
change to the layout at Highbury Corner should be on from
Monday morning 22nd.
4) The introduction of Stagecoach’s new E40D Smart Hybrids
(batch 11301-335) proceeds slowly with 26 of them now in
use across routes 47, 54, 75, 136 and 199.
RATP’s new DXEs (11.5m E20Ds) for route H37 are now in use
theron. The ten new StreetLites for Metrobus route 200
(Horsham & Gatwick) are at present In course of
5) Building of Metroline’s electric double-decks is
now well under way and due for routes 43 (37 x BYD/ADL
E400City) and 134 (31 x Optare MetroDecker-EV).
Deliveries are expected by June.
Wednesday 17th April
LBSL intends to enter into new contracts for the
following routes with the operators listed below:
Arriva London North
Arriva London North
2013 Euro V hybrid double deck
Arriva London North
Hybrid double deck (details TBC)
18 2014 Euro VI
hybrid double deck
North Arriva London
26 Hybrid double deck
26 2015 Euro VI
hybrid double deck
15 New Euro VI diesel
* 24 hour route (34 at weekends only).
** Already upgraded to Euro VI emissions standards.
The above contracts will commence on the following dates:
9th November 2019: Routes 34, 102 & 192.
7th December 2019: Route 52.
11th January 2020: Route 29/N29.
1st February 2020: Route 109/N109.
Saturday 13 April
1) London’ s ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission
Zone) duly came into force last Monday 8th April and
requires buses to be electric, hybrid or diesel Euro-VI
(the latter including Euro-V that has been upgraded to
Euro-VI standard). After the weekend of 6/7th April,
remaining Tridents, older AD E200s and E400s, VDL
DB250s, Volvo B7TLs and Scanias were stood down or had
been transferred to outer suburbs earlier.
Additionally some night routes worked from outer London
garages were transferred to be operated by more compliant
vehicles. For example the N279 lost its older E400s
from Enfield in favour of HVs from Edmonton. The
rest of Metroline’s new VMHs went into service by the 7th,
notably at Holloway on routes 43 and 271, thus clearing
out the last non-compliant E400s.
2) Last Wednesday afternoon 10th April structural damage
was discovered on Hammersmith Bridge and all traffic was
curtailed on either side, causing route 72 to be split and
the 33/209/419/485 curtailed on the south side. This
time it seems that the closure will be very long term and
more formal route changes must be expected.
3) After several weeks in store, Stagecoach’s new E40D
‘smart hybrids’ (11301-335) at Catford have started to
enter service on routes 47/54/75/136/199 and the first
handful of older E400Hs (batch 12261-292) have begun to
transfer to Plumstead, ultimately to oust Volvos
13001-032. Staying with Stagecoach, its open-top
(and non-ULEZ compliant) Tridents were withdrawn after the
7th and the newly converted E400s (now upgraded) (batch
19131-136) began to take over on the Megasightseeing
service in London. The other new batch of
buses, London United’s DXEs, began replacing the only
Optare Tempos in London from 12th April.
4) Most of the Central London changes outlined almost
eight months ago (see TLB649 p14) will now go ahead –
although a few will not. The proposed curtailments of 11
and 19, the rerouteing of 22 and new route 311 will now
not proceed. The main changes begin on 15th June
with routes 3, 4, 9, 14, 35, 40, 45, 53, 59, 67, 76, 134,
149, 171, 172, 205, 242, 341, 388, 476 essentially as
planned last year although the 388 will terminate at
Liverpool Street (but see 12th October list) and with
route RV1 withdrawn. The second phase comes on
12th October with the 48 withdrawn but to compensate the
26 gets an increased frequency, the 388 gets extended to
London Bridge and the 55 diverts to Walthamstow
Central. While the 100 is projected to St Paul’s.
For earlier reports refer to TLB or join
April: LT Museum Acton Depot open day with
vintage bus rides, admission fees apply.
(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.
Sunday 28 April: East
Grinstead, Country Bus Running Day.
Sunday 28 April: Amberley
Museum West Sussex, Spring Bus Show with bus rides on
Bank Holiday Monday 6 May: King
Alfred Running Day 09:00-16:30 at The Broadway,
Saturday 11 May: Open
Day at Alexander Dennis factory at Guildford,
10:30-17:00. It is at Dennis Way on the Slyfield
Industrial Estate (just off the A320 at the northern
side of Guildford) and there are due to be shuttle buses
from both Woking and Guildford Rail Stations.
Saturday 11May: NLETE
transport bazaar at Theydon Bois Village Hall, open
11:00-15:30, admission £3 (accompanied children free).
It is no longer possible to feature a bus display or bus
Saturday 11 May: The ‘Hanwell
Hootie’ Music Festival (100 bands, 17 venues)
between 15:45- 22:30 with three free bus services by
RedRoutemaster connecting Ealing Broadway, Brentford and
Northfields Stations (and en-route stops) with the
various venues. See www.hanwellhootie.co.uk
Sunday 12 May: HCVS
London to Brighton commercial vehicle run. Starts at
Crystal Palace 7am-9am. This year after the usual
route on Purley Way to Salfords, and it then uses the
B2036 south from Horley (not the A23 nor through
Crawley) to Burgess Hill, then A273 to rejoin the A23
just north of Brighton.
Saturday 18 May: Faversham,
Running Day using mostly ex-East Kent buses.
Sunday 19 May: Whittlesey,
Cambs, Fenland BusFest; this is a large running day with
many guest buses.
Sunday 19 May: Sevenoaks,
Country Bus Running Day.
Sunday 18 May: Hastings Bus
Rally, now at The Stade in Old Town (NOT at The Oval
Sunday 26 May: Winchester,
NBC50 – cancelled.
Bank Holiday Monday 27 May:
Bucks Railway Centre Bus Rally at Quainton Road
Station (near Aylesbury).
Sunday 9 June: CBR Country
Running Day at Hitchin and Welwyn Garden City (to be
Sunday 9 June: Luton,
Festival of Transport at Stockwood Park, open
Sunday 23 June: LBM
Brooklands, ‘On the Buses’ event
Saturday 20 July: Metroline
Open Day and Running Day at Potters Bar Garage (LSS).
Sunday 21 July: Alton, Hants,
major large-scale Bus Rally and Running Day(LSS).
Saturday 27 July: Barleylands
(near Billericay), Essex Bus Rally (LSS).