Latest Update: 21 June 2017

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. Reports for the TLB Editors and communications to Society Officers can be sent by e-mail to "". 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 nearby.

LOTS Meetings and Events

The next meeting is on Monday 3 July which is the AGM, followed by 24 July (bus rides), then a break until 25 September, 23 October, 20 November and 18 December.

The London Bus (TLB)

TLB 634 was posted on Tuesday 13 June. The closing date for reports for TLB 635 is 7 July and it is due for posting on 18 July.

New and Recent LOTS publications:

LOTS LBM180 London Bus Magazine  Summer 2017:  **NEW*   (£5.00) (available from, 12th June) Principal features are ‘Three Stormy Years ‘(1956/7/8) by M.E.Papes about the lead-in to the Bus Strike; also ‘From north (and west) of Watford Gap by Tony Wilson, about the 1987-89 period of second-hand buses, mainly at HD and PB – so plenty of Ailsas!

TLB Extra – Vehicle news of 1948:  **NEW**  (£6.50) (available from 12th June)  An 80-page illustrated book covering the vehicle events of LT in that very busy year!  We had previously dealt with Years 1957 to 1984, many of which are still available (see Sales List) but we are now commencing a new group of years covering the period that featured the mass replacement of pre-war and wartime buses. New information on some allocations has recently came to light and is included in ‘TEX48’. 

London Bus & Tram Fleetbook 2017:  (£6.50)  To the usual A6 pocket size, 128 pages listing 12,800 vehicles, all major operators in London and Home Counties plus most smaller bus operators and sightseeing tour companies.
LOTS London Bus Review 2016 (Greater London and Beyond)  
The original London Bus Review, with all the news from last year in London and the Home Counties, with the routes, vehicles, events, adverts, politics, fully illustrated, all in one A4 size book.
Other recent issues from other publishers
Routemaster Handbook (new 2017 edition) (Capital Transport), all 1,200 Routemasters worldwide are listed, 144 pages, 156 pictures (£16.50) ** new**
London Transport Buses in East London and Essex, 1960s and 1970s (David Christie, Amberley Publishing) an A5 picture album, 96 pages (£14.99)  ** new**
The Green Line Routemasters (Dryhurst & Bowden), an A5 picture album (£8.00)
Single Deck Bus Garage Allocations 1951-1981 (Country RF/Merlin/Swift types – (£25.00).
The companion = SD Allocations 1952-1981 (Central  RF/Merlin/Swift types still available – (£25.00).
First Group Fleetbook 2017 (all UK) from Andrew Woolhouse  (£18.00).
The companion = Stagecoach Group Fleetbook 2017 (all UK) is still available  (£18.00).

Orders can be sent to LOTS Postal Sales at Unit N305 Vox Studios, 1-45 Durham Street, Vauxhall, London SE11 5JH.

See the Sales Page for full list of sales items.



Non-members may wish to look at a sample issue of TLB.
Hopefully this will whet your appetite for joining LOTS!


Latest news 

Wednesday 21 June

LBSL intends to enter into new contracts for the following routes with the operators listed below:
Route        Current Operator                   New Operator               PVR     Vehicles         
138            Metrobus                                 Metrobus                        3          2013 Euro V diesel single deck
161            Metrobus                                 Stagecoach Selkent      17         New Euro VI hybrid double deck
181            Metrobus                                 Stagecoach Selkent      13         New Euro VI diesel single deck
284            Metrobus                                 Stagecoach Selkent      12         New Euro VI diesel single deck
All the above contracts will commence on 17th March 2018.

Sunday 18 June

1) At Arriva Harlow the twelve new E20D(MMC)s – 4076-87 – are now in process of delivery. . They are being branded for routes 508/509/510 (Harlow & Stansted) and should go into service shortly. 

2) Next Saturday 24th June will see London United’s new E20D(MMC)s  - DLE30049-69 – take over route 70 from Tower Transit.  Some of Metroline’s new Volvo B5LHs – VWH 2266-84 – take over route 120 from London United. VWHs are due for route 7 to replace older VWHs which move to Holloway,  and  others (batch 2306+) have already started  to replace  VPs  at Willesden.

Wednesday 14 June

LBSL intends to enter into new contracts for the following routes with the operators listed below:
Route        Current Operator                 New Operator               PVR     Vehicles         
46              Metroline                              Metroline                          19         To be confirmed
153            CT Plus                                London General               11         To be confirmed
214 (24h)   Metroline                              London General              19         To be confirmed
274            Metroline                              Metroline                         17         New Euro VI hybrid double deck
Contracts will commence on the following dates:
3rd February 2018: Route 153.
23rd June 2018: Routes 46 & 274.
17th August 2019: Route 214.

Sunday 11 June
1) There are still only about half of the new StreetLites in actual service on Tower Transit route 236, although there has been a surge in the past week.  The first handful of new LTs (954+) are now running on the 137 and transfer of older LTs to Ash Grove has started, but in a very small way so far.  Huge quantities of new VWHs have arrived with Metroline but just about three have started in service, at present on route 90 prior to a batch taking over route 120 on 24th June.

For earlier reports refer to TLB or join LOTS!

Forthcoming events

These events are provided as a service to readers, LOTS has no involvement nor responsibility for any event noted below:

(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. 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 

Sunday 25 June:  London Bus Museum, Brooklands, Summer bus event. 

Sunday 25 June:  Bus rally at Barleylands Farm, Basildon, Essex.

Sunday 2 July:   Reading Buses Open Day (11am-4pm) at Great Knollys Street Depot.

Saturday 8 July:  Open Day at Arriva Northfleet Depot (LSS)
Sunday 9 July:   A
&DMBS Running Day at Leatherhead.

Feeder buses to the event,  subject to usual availability on the day:

Bus 406:    From Redhill Bus Station 0930, Reigate Bus Garage 0938, Reigate Red Cross 0940, Reigate Station 0942, Lower Kingswood Fox 0951, Tadworth Station 1000,

Bus 408:   From Croydon Fairfield Halls Stop KC 0908, Beddington Croydon Road Stop L 0916, Wallington Green Stop GW 0919, Carshalton High Street Stop E 0923,
Sutton Grove Road Stop S 0927, Cheam Village Broadway Stop B 0931, Ewell Green Man 0940, Epsom Ashley Road 0950

Bus 408:   From Guildford Bus Station 0910, Merrow St. Johns Church 0920, West Clandon Crossroads 0923, East Horsley Duke of Wellington 0929, Effingham Woodlands Road 0934, Great Bookham Rayleigh House 0938.

Bus 462:   From High Wycombe Bus Station 0800, Wycombe Marsh 0807, Loudwater Turn 0812, Beaconsfield London End 0821. Hedgerley Corner 0829, Slough Station Brunel Way 0845, Datchet Green 0853, Wraysbury George 0901, Staines Bus Station 0910, Chertsey Bell Corner 0925, Addlestone Dukes Head 0931, Weybridge Ship 0939, Weybridge Station 0943, Cobham Between Streets 0953.

Bus 470:   From Dorking Site of L.T. Garage 0930 & 1100, Dorking Station Stop A 0936 & 1106.

Sunday 16 July: Alton, Hants,  major Bus Rally and Running Day (LSS). Route 36X from SE and Central London. There will be a feeder journey with RF486 departing Dorking Station forecourt 0935 (connects from 465 journey at 0840 from Kingston), via Abinger Hammer 0950 and Guildford Bus Station stand  21 at 1015.  Return from Alton at 1700.. 

Sunday 16 July:  CBR Running Day at Sevenoaks.

Saturday/Sunday 15/16 July  An ‘LT Weekend’ at EppIng Ongar Railway.

Saturday 22 July:  Metroline, Potters Bar Garage Open Day and Running Day (LSS).

Friday/Saturday 28/29 July: LT Museum Discovery Tours at Acton Depot, see

Sunday 30 July:  Worthing Bus Rally at west end of the sea front.

Sunday 30 July: 
Oxford Bus Museum 50th Anniversary, rally and running day at Oxford Parkway Station, free buses to and from the Museum (modest entry fees apply). 

Sunday 06 August: 
Gosport Bus Rally at Stokes Bay.

Sunday 06 August: 
Tinkers Park Bus Rally at Hadlow Down, near Uckfield, East Sussex.

Saturday 19 August:  
Metroline, Willesden Garage Open Day (LSS)

Sunday 20 August:  
‘Buses’ Magazine’s  Bus Festival at Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire.

Friday/Saturday 25/26 August:
LT Museum Discovery Tours at Acton Depot, see

Saturday 26 August: 
‘Imberbus’ with Routemaster services based at Warminster Rail Station.

Sunday 03 September: 
Old Oak Common Rail Depot, Open Day.

LT Museum Discovery Tours at Acton Depot – various dates,  22/23June, 28/29July (all Fris and Sats) - see