Latest Update:  19 October 2019

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.

Note that the TLB Editor has a new address:  

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, 38, 55, 59, 68, 91, 168, 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.   

Monday 21 October: Bob Palmer - Pure Nostalgia Part 5.
Monday 25 November: John Parkin - first half on London's buses sold for further service including RT, RM, DMS and T classes. Second half British Provincial trolleybuses.
Monday 16 December: - to be advised

The London Bus (TLB)

TLB662 was posted on Tuesday 15 October. The closing date for reports for TLB 663 is 6 November and it is due for posting on Tuesday 19 November.

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 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.

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:

LOTS LBM189 London Bus Magazine Autumn 2019: (£5.00) **NEW** Main articles are “Over the Bridges” by Barry Turner, “Country routes 350/350A” by Richard Moseling and “All change in central London” (a photographic snapshot of the 15th June change).

LOTS SUP-39A: (£4.50)  **NEW**  This 56-page booklet encompasses the TfL operators’ fleet and garage allocations from SUP36 and a simplified PVR table from SUP37.  Some features are dropped from 36 (eg. Fleets of non-TfL operators – see Fleetbook and occasional features in TLB) while items like LSP operations from 37 are dropped. The PVR tables are now in route order. It also removes much of the duplication of vehicle type codes, garage codes, and which bit of each group runs what. 

LOTS SUP-24I: (£4.50)  **NEW**  The latest LT Service Vehicles Current fleet.

LOTS TLB Extra – Vehicle news of 1954:  (£7.00)  (64-pages illustrated).  

LOTS Bus & Tram Fleetbook 2019 (£7.00): Now enhanced with summaries of more operators that cannot fit in the main text and a return of London Dial-a-Ride but still pocket-sized A6.  It includes no fewer than 12,418 vehicles and is now available on sales stand and from Postal Sales.

LOTS Review 2018 (£12.00),
the definitive account of last year, vehicles, routes and the politics of London and also record of changes in the country areas of the Home Counties.

TLB Extra – Vehicle news of 1953:  (£7.00) (80-pages illustrated).

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

TLB Extra – Vehicle news of 1948 to the 1980s:  (£6.50/£7 each year) (80-pages illustrated)
See the Publications Page for details of LOTS publications or the Sales Bulletin for our current stocklist.


NEW Stagecoach has a vacancy for a Commercial Planner. Details here Closing date 26 October 8am.

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


Latest news 

Saturday 19 October

1) The first 69-plate buses to go into service in our area did so in the past week:  CTPlus’ two E40Hs (2548/49) on routes 26 and 388 plus Reading Transport (Courtney) – three E20Ds for route 5 in Slough. The latter are in the new ‘Thames  Valley’ dark blue colours that are being adopted for Courtney in that area.

2) On Thursday 17th the first of the new Metroline DEMs went into service on route 393 as did the first couple of LTs on route 19, these having been released from the loss of route 48 from the 12th.

Further to last week’s notes, Metroline’s BYD1471-75 were withdrawn as the TfL-sponsored trial has now ended.

Some of the ten MAN-TGE minibuses due for the ‘Demand Responsive’ trial in Ealing have started to arrive with RATP – who will operate them from Fulwell (FW).

The Yutong E10 electric demo bus YG18CVS is back in London again,  this time with RATP at Shepherd’s Bush.

Saturday 12 October

1) On 11th October a deal in principle was struck for the Wrightbus operation between Jo Bamford of company Ryse Hydrogen and family member Jeff Wright.  The deal includes the factory with its fixtures and fittings and the associated land.  The deal remains to be ratified.


2) New bus deliveries to London remain sparse with no more Metroline BDEs or OMEs in recent weeks.  However the last of Go-Ahead’s BYD/ADL E200EVs (SEe 77) has now arrived for route 214 but the next batch (SEe 99-109) for route 100 remains outstanding, awaiting certification.   More E20Ds due in the next few weeks are Metroline DEM 2681-2696 (for route 393), Go-Ahead SE 304-319 (for route 364) and Arriva ENN 55-71 (for route 192) as well as CT Plus’ two E400H-Citys 2548/49 for the extra frequency on route 26. 


3) Metroline’s five early production BYD electric double-decks at Willesden (BYD 1471-75) were summarily withdrawn from service on 4th October, although the reason has not been announced.


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.

Sunday 20 October: 'Transportfest' at London Bus Museum, Brooklands. Connecting route 462A timetable here.

Saturday 2 November: ATS at Borehamwood (LSS)

Saturday 16 November: NLETE Transport Bazaar at St Paul's Centre, 102 Church Street, Enfield, open 11:00-14:30 admission £3 (accompanied children free)