News


 

Latest Update:  14 December 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 "lotsed@tesco.net". 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

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. 
Monday 18 December: 
Fred Ivey: illustrated talk “What the RT family replaced”.  

No meeting in January, then in 2018 on 19 February (Sir Peter Hendy on Network Rail), 19 March (Alan Osborne), 23 April (Gerald Mead), 21 May (trolleybuses, joint with NTA), 18 June (AGM).

The London Bus (TLB)

TLB 639 was posted on Tuesday 14 November. The closing date for reports for TLB 640 was 1 December and it is due for posting on Tuesday 12 December. The closing date for reports for TLB 641 is 5 January.

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, pr 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. (also see top of this page). 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 this 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:
 
TLB Extra –
Vehicle news of 1948:  (£6.50) (80-pages illustrated) **recent**

TLB Extra – Vehicle news of 1949:  (£7.00) (96-pages illustrated) **NEW**

SUP-24H London Transport Service Vehicles –full fleet list October 2017 (£4.00) **NEW**

LOTS LBM181 London Bus Magazine Autumn 2017:  Principal features are “History of Green Line route 724” and “Memories of trams on Dog Kennel Hill” and a feature on buses at the ‘Epping Ongar Railway and last year’s O/S visits’ (£5.00) **NEW**

SUP-36JJ  London’s Major Operators – Fleet Allocations July 2017 (£4.00).

SUP-37CC London’s Buses and Trams – Route Working Index 1st July 2017 (£3.50).

LOTS LBM180 London Bus Magazine  Summer 2017:   (£5.00).

LOTS LBM179 London Bus Magazine  Spring 2017:   (£5.00).

London Bus & Tram Fleetbook 2017:   (£6.50).

LOTS London Bus Review 2016 (Greater London and Beyond)  (£11.00).
 
And from Mike Harris, the excellent all London bus maps:
Greater London Bus Map No.36, 29th July2017 -  £2.00.
Greater London Night Bus Map,  29th July2017  - £4.00.
 
Recent titles from other publishers:
 
NEW 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). **new**

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   (Capital Transport). **new**

Underground and Overground Trains by Kim Rennie. (80 pages). £9.95 (Capital Transport). **new**

BH&D Fleet History Part 9, 1954-1958  (£7.00) (SEC)  **recent**

BH&D Fleet History Part 10, 1959-1962  (£7.00) (SEC)  **new**

Eastern National Fleet Record Part 1 1964-1990 (EBEG), an updated and illustrated edition (£9.95). **recent**

Eastern National and Thamesway Fleet Record Volume 2: 1990-1996 The Badgerline Years by Adam Kelleher. (76 pages). £11.99  (Essex Bus Enthusiasts Group). **new**

First Group UK 2017 Fleet Book (A. Woolhouse) including trains (£18.00).  **recent**

Stagecoach UK 2017 Fleet Book (A. Woolhouse) including trains (£18.00). **recent*

Arriva UK 2017 Fleet Book (A. Woolhouse) including trains (£18.00).**new**

London Trolleybus Depots Part One by Hugh Taylor.  (£38.50) from Adam Gordon. 184 pages, 200+ photos (19 in colour), plus an A2 map of Fulwell Depot’s overhead wiring - and much more. **new**


Adverts

Job vacancy at Surrey County Council, Kingston Upon Thames: Due to a retirement, there is a vacancy for a Local Bus Operations Officer, based at County Hall. The post involves managing and informing on route changes due to roadworks, bus stop location matters, service performance issues and preparing timetable material for posting at bus stops. Experience preferable with good people skills. Full details are available in the Jobs section of www.surreycc.gov.uk (Transport Officer Local Bus Operations) or call Laurie James on 020 8541 8633 for an informal discussion.




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


 

Latest news 


Thursday 14 December


LBSL intends to enter into new contracts for the following routes with the operators listed below:
 
Route               Current Operator         New Operator              PVR     Vehicles         
105 (24h)          Metroline                      London United                 14       New Euro VI hybrid double deck
216                   London United              London United              TBC      New Euro VI diesel single deck
288                   Arriva London North     London Sovereign             7       New Euro VI single deck (type TBC)
303                   Arriva London North     London Sovereign             8       New Euro VI single deck (type TBC)
H12                  Metroline                       London Sovereign           10       Double deck (type TBC)
H14                  London Sovereign         London Sovereign             8       Double deck (type TBC)
H17                  London Sovereign         London Sovereign             7       2011 Euro V diesel single deck
H18/H19          Arriva London North      London Sovereign             8       New Euro VI single deck (type TBC)
K2                    London United               London United                11        New Euro VI diesel single deck
K3                    Abellio West London      London United                11       New Euro VI diesel single deck
K4                    London United               London United                  4       New Euro VI diesel single deck
 
The above contracts will commence on the following dates:
 
30th June 2018: Routes 105, 216, K2, K3 & K4.
1st September 2018: Routes 288, 303, H12, H14, H17 & H18/H19.


Tuesday 12 December

On Thursday 14th December a limited special  operation to recall the Red Arrow network, especially the 500 which began on 18 April 1966 and 507 on 7 September 1968.    After a very short pause in Victoria Bus Station, there will be a private run at 12noon  for photographers benefit over the 500 via Park Lane and Oxford Street, with the intention of pausing at John Princes Street stand before returning to Victoria , via Park Lane ‘Hilton’ where another brief stop will be made for photographers.  Vehicles, subject to availability  on the day, will be the LT Museum’s  MBA582  and Roger Wright’s MBA539 and GLS490.  Please note that on all journeys the LT Museum’s MBA582 will also cover the roads but only with invited guests. 
 
From about 12:40 onward MBA539 and GLS490 will be able to carry passengers over the 507 between Victoria and Waterloo, operating from Victoria via the original route along Victoria Street and Artillery Row with the opportunity to photograph Merlins and a GLS at the last eastbound stop before Millbank in Horseferry Road, which displays a ‘Red Arrow’ flag with ‘period’ timetable panel .  Then there should be one round trip Waterloo (about 13:10) to  Victoria, back at about 13:30 to Waterloo before a photo-call with all three vehicles at  Waterloo Station Taxi Road at 14:00 to 14:15.  After that, MBA539 and GLS490 should continue to operate in passenger service over the 507 until about 16:00.    MBA582 is to return to Acton LTM Depot a short while after the Taxi Road photo-stop.
 
If you are intending to visit either Waterloo or Victoria please avoid obstructing traffic and/or other pedestrians and consider your personal safety and that of others at all times.


Saturday 9 December

1) From Sat 9th, route  E10 was novated –with its buses – from Arriva to London United.   They are renumbered from EN(N) 25-33 to SDE 20278-286 in the same order of regs YX14 RYO-P-R-T-U-V-W-Y-Z.  They were fitted overnight with RATP-DEV logs, London United fleetnames and HH garage codes.
 
2) The Routemaster Association’s annual commemorative run over route 159 also occurred on Sat 9th with several RM/RML buses meeting up at the Ace Café in NW London, then running privately from Marble Arch to Streatham (and some on to Thornton Heath).
 
3) On Sun 10th there is the annual Bromley Running Day with several RFs operating in service over route 227, and RT/RM operations over parts of the 61 (one RM) and former 94 (two RTs) . The 227 timings  are  at http://www.red-rf.com/pdf/227%20101217.pdf
 

Sunday 3 December

1) At Arriva London North the new ENS-class 9.75m E20Ds have been put into service on the W6 well in advance of the February contract renewal date, in turn starting to displace some of the last  PDL-class Darts. Also at ALN the 9.0m ENNs due for the W4 in  February have started to be delivered.  About half-a-dozen new LTs have been delivered so far to London United for the 267 but have not yet entered service.
 
2) Metrobus Crawley has started to take in the first couple of what will be 26 Scania OmniCitys (to be batch 6960-85) from Brighton & Hove. They are being replaced there on B&H routes 7 and 49 by 27 new Wright StreetDecks.
 
3) A special route 570 began earlier in the past week using one E200 from Stockwell. It runs anti-clockwise on Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea Embankment and Chelsea Bridge Road while the westbound 170 is diverted due to gas main work and should ;last 3-4 months. From 18 December for about 3 weeks another special route 543 worked by CT Plus will cover a bit of Holloway Road  between Nag’s Head and Digswell Street whilst the 43/271/393/N41 are diverted (and 263 curtailed again) due to railway bridge replacement work at Highbury.  
  

Sunday 26 November

1) Arriva London’s new ENSs  (E20D 9.75m) have started to enter service on route W6 two months ahead of the tender renewal date. London United Fulwell has started to take delivery of LT 984-1000 for route 267.  The first few BYD/ADL E200EV buses (batch SEe 52-65) have now entered service on Go-Ahead route 360.
 
2) Metroline has had diesel  Optare MetroDecker YJ16DBO at West Perivale for several weeks but it has still not been used in service.  Metroline has also received the electric MetroDecker YJ17FXX at Willesden for eventual trials on route 98.   The two Volvo B5LHCs supposedly due into service some months ago are still not here and it looks like it will be well into 2018 before they do.    Meanwhile the electric Irizar YN67VDK at CT Plus has clocked up seven weeks in store, likewise three months by the two Van Hool hydrogen fuel cell buses at Tower Transit.


Sunday 19 November

1) Last weekend’s operator changes with new buses all went ahead as planned except that insufficient new VHs were available to cover all of London United route 18, hence a few of the surplus ADEs have been used on the route.    Delivery is now imminent of the new LTs to London United route 267 to supplement  LT 149 and 150 already in service.
 
 
2) At Arriva London, following transfer of DWs  to Barking and Grays garages,  some from  Tottenham’s batch (DW425-468) have started to move to Dartford as they are replaced by new HVs. These are to prepare for the assumption of routes 99, 269 and 401 in January.  Meanwhile, Norwood’s VLAs have been withdrawn, the last of the type to operate into central London , latterly on the 176.
 
 
3) A surprise move by First Berkshire is their impending withdrawal of route 702 after operating on 23rd December.  Reading Transport is to take over from the 27th, although on Sunday 24th December they intend to operate a limited service with ‘heritage Green Line’ vehicles.   


Sunday 12 November

1) Saturday 11th marked one of the largest set of movements in one day for a long time, when four major routes changed hands.  With a total pvr of 115 (thus about 130 including spares),  Abellio took route 45 with new E40Hs,  London United the 18 with new B5LHs, Go-Ahead the 176 with EHs and WHVs (a few new but most based at or transferred in to Camberwell)  and the 188 with new B5LHs.    In consequence, numerous Volvo B7TLs were withdrawn  made up from Arriva (batch VLA43-77), Go-Ahead (batch PVL298-328) and more of Abellio’s 90** batch were withdrawn, as well as a large batch of Metroline’s Volvo B9TLs (VW1846-1894) that are likely to go off lease.
 
2) Next Friday 17 November RML903 is due to work on route 24 in the aid of the BBC Children in Need Appeal.    Light from  HT Garage at 0800,  then in service at 0815 Camden Town to Pimlico,  0923  Pimlico to Hampstead Heath,  1050 HH – Pimlico,  1211 Pimlico – HH,   1354 HH – Pimlico,  1515 Pimlico – HH,  Arrive  Hampstead Heath 1628, then light to HT Garage.
 
3) New deliveries to London continue to pour in and the emphasis now turns to single-decks.  The first examples are here from the batches of StreetLites (WS104-117) for Go-Ahead route 170, E20Ds ENX31/32 for a top-up on Arriva route 289 and E20Ds ENS29-39 for Arriva route W6.  Last but not least the first of the BYD/ADL E200EVs (SEe 52-65) for the 360.    Watch LVF for entry into service.
 
4) Arriva at Hemel Hempstead put its fleet of nine 17-seat Mercedes-Benz Sprinter minibuses into service on Monday 6th on town services there.  Each bus replaced 45-seat Volvo B7RLEs one-for-one with no frequency increase!  Meanwhile, the unpopular minibuses at Arriva Guildford have been switched from town route 3 to the X1 (Guildford- Horsham express).
 
5) At Metrobus Crawley the first couple of what will be 26 Scania OmniCIty double decks from Brighton & Hove are being prepared for service.  As they are replaced by new Streetdecks in Brighton, Scania OmniCity double-decks (to be 6960-85) will in due course replace OmniDekkas 6469-78/82-97)


Wednesday 8 November

1) On Thursday 9th November, in addition to RML903 on route 4,  RML2735 is due to operate on route 23.   1053 Paddington to Aldwych;  1146 Aldwych to Paddington;  1244 Paddington to Aldwych;  1336 Aldwych to Marble Arch;    1435 Marble Arch to Aldwych;  1515 Aldwych to Paddington.

Aldwych connections here.
 
2) LT149 went out on London United route 267 on Tuesday 7th as the precursor of what will be a batch of LTs for the route.   The Optare MetroDecker demonstrator OM 1 is now with Metroline at West Perivale (PA) Garage.
 

Monday 6 November

1) The latest TfL consultation on plans to pedestrianise Oxford Street and alter bus routes has been announced today and is open until 17 December: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/oxford-street/



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 http://www.classicbuses.co.uk/events.html 


Thursday 14th December:  A limited special  operation to recall the Red Arrow network, especially the 500 which began on 18 April 1966 and 507 on 7 September 1968.    After a very short pause in Victoria Bus Station, there will be a private run at 12noon  for photographers benefit over the 500 via Park Lane and Oxford Street, with the intention of pausing at John Princes Street stand before returning to Victoria , via Park Lane ‘Hilton’ where another brief stop will be made for photographers.  Vehicles, subject to availability  on the day, will be the LT Museum’s  MBA582  and Roger Wright’s MBA539 and GLS490.  Please note that on all journeys the LT Museum’s MBA582 will also cover the roads but only with invited guests. 
 
From about 12:40 onward MBA539 and GLS490 will be able to carry passengers over the 507 between Victoria and Waterloo, operating from Victoria via the original route along Victoria Street and Artillery Row with the opportunity to photograph Merlins and a GLS at the last eastbound stop before Millbank in Horseferry Road, which displays a ‘Red Arrow’ flag with ‘period’ timetable panel .  Then there should be one round trip Waterloo (about 13:10) to  Victoria, back at about 13:30 to Waterloo before a photo-call with all three vehicles at  Waterloo Station Taxi Road at 14:00 to 14:15.  After that, MBA539 and GLS490 should continue to operate in passenger service over the 507 until about 16:00.    MBA582 is to return to Acton LTM Depot a short while after the Taxi Road photo-stop.
 
If you are intending to visit either Waterloo or Victoria please avoid obstructing traffic and/or other pedestrians and consider your personal safety and that of others at all times.


Sunday 24 December:
Reading Buses will be running a special service over Green Line route 702 from Bracknell to London Victoria with a selection of heritage vehicles.

Christmas Day, Monday 25 December: A special free service will operate on route 430 between Putney Bridge and Roehampton using a preserved RT. Full details: www.1950s-vintage-bus-hire.co.uk/Christmas-430/

Saturday 30 December: 20 years of Nu Venture in Medway Towns, running day.

Monday 1 January: Three mini-running days, all 10am to 4pm at Coventry (Butts Arena), Oxford Bus Museum (three routes) and King Alfred, Winchester (three vehicles)