Latest Update:  20 June 2018

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.

*** - Note that the TLB Editor has a new address:       The addresses and should still work for another two months 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:  J
ohn Parkin, A photographic celebration of London’s red and green buses since late 60s’.
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 buses’.  

London Bus & Tram Fleetbook 2018:   (£6.50). 

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 -  £2.00. 
Greater London Night Bus Map, 14th April 2018  - £4.00.  
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) (80-pages illustrated).
TLB Extra – Vehicle news of 1949: 
(£7.00) (96-pages illustrated).
TLB Extra – Vehicle news of 1948: 
(£6.50) (80-pages illustrated)
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   (Capital Transport).


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


Latest news 

Wednesday 20 June

LBSL intends to enter into new contracts for the following routes with the operators listed below:
Route   Current Operator                     New Operator                         PVR     Vehicles         
43*       Metroline                                    Metroline                                   32        New electric double deck
122       Stagecoach Selkent                  Stagecoach Selkent                  17        2014 Euro VI hybrid double deck
134*      Metroline                                   Metroline                                   27        New electric double deck
228       Metroline West                          Tower Transit                              9         New Euro VI diesel single deck**
262       Stagecoach East London          Tower Transit                             11        Double deck (details TBC)
372       Stagecoach East London          Stagecoach East London           7         2014 Euro VI hybrid double deck
396       Stagecoach East London          Blue Triangle                               4        2011 Euro V diesel single deck
472*      Stagecoach Selkent                  Stagecoach Selkent                  16        2014 Euro VI hybrid double deck
473       Stagecoach East London          Tower Transit                              9         Double deck (details TBC)
486       London Central                          London Central                          14       2011 Euro V diesel double deck
601       Stagecoach Selkent                  Stagecoach Selkent                    7        2012 Euro V diesel double deck
602       Stagecoach Selkent                  Stagecoach Selkent                    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 standards.
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 route 134.

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 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 

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 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).

Sun 1 July:   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 Park.         

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. Albans.
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 website 
Please note that we no longer publish feeder bus timings in advance.
Sun 15 July:  Bus Rally and Running Day at Alton, Hants (LSS)
Sun 22 July:  Essex Bus Rally at Barleylands near Billericay.
Sat 28 July Open Day at Metroline Potters Bar Garage, 1030-1600 (LSS).
Sun 29 July: Bus Rally on Worthing Sea Front (west end).
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 at Northampton.
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 Garage. (LSS).
Sat 29 Sept:  Delaine at Bourne, Heritage Running Day and Garage Open Day.
Sun 30 Sept: Showbus at Donington Park, Leicestershire.
Sun 7 Oct: Amberley Museum Transport Gathering.
Sun 7 Oct:  Bus Rally at Labworth Rec.Ground, Canvey Island, also local Bus Museum sales stands. 
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 November 1968.
Sat 3 Nov: ‘Aldenham Transport Sale’  at Allum Hall, Elstree. Many sales stands, entrance fees (LSS).
Sat 01Dec   Ensignbus Vintage Bus Day, many local and guest vehicles in service.