Latest Update:  17 November 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 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: - Roger French OBE will present 'Extreme Bus Journeys' based on his recent travels around the UK.

The London Bus (TLB)

TLB662 was posted on Tuesday 15 October. The closing date for reports for TLB 663 was 6 November and it is due for posting on Tuesday 19 November. The closing date for TLB 664 is Wednesday 4 December.

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.



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 November

LBSL intends to enter into new contracts for the following routes with the operators listed below:



Current Operator

New Operator




Tower Transit

Tower Transit


New electric double deck


London Sovereign



New & existing hybrid double deck



Arriva London South


New hybrid double deck


Arriva London South

Arriva London South


New electric double deck





Existing diesel single deck


London Sovereign

London Sovereign


Existing diesel single deck



Arriva London South


New hybrid double deck


Arriva London South

Arriva London South


Existing diesel double deck


Abellio London

Tower Transit


New electric double deck



London Sovereign


Existing hybrid double deck





Existing hybrid double deck


* 24 hour route (319 weekends only).

** Night only routes using buses sourced from day routes.


All diesel & hybrid vehicles will meet Euro VI emissions standards.


The above contracts will commence on the following dates:


25th July 2020: Routes 23, 326, N5 & N20.

29th August 2020: Route 139, 405 & 466.

12th September 2020: Route 319.

19th September 2020: Route 202.

3rd October 2020: Route C3,

24th October 2020: Route 324.


Electric vehicles may enter service later than these dates owing to infrastructure delivery timescales.

Wednesday 13 November

1) Wrightbus is back In business  under its new Bamford Bus Company owner, as it has just begun to deliver the 55-vehicle StreetDeck order to First in Leeds.  These were ‘in build’ when the company had gone into administration in September. 

2) Reading Transport began a new service (459) on  4th November between Heathrow T5 and Iver using a green electric Optare Solo on Mon-Fri until 20th December. Initially it is running free of charge. 


3) The demand responsive trial, named ‘Slide’ began in Ealing on Wednesday 13th using ten MAN TGE minibuses.


4) Although it was a slow start, 22 of the 32 ex-Stagecoach HVs are now service at Arriva Palmers Green on routes 34 and 102.

Sunday 10 November

1) The five operator changes this week went ahead as planned  with the 24, 27 and 267 passing to Abellio with the same LTs, the 34 to Arriva using HVs, some of them former Stagecoach examples and the 192 with new Arriva E20Ds replacing Go-Ahead Streetlites.  Go-Ahead’s new E20Ds (SE 304-319) are still not in use on the 364, although two are helping out at present at Luton Airport on the service from the Station


Sunday 3 November

1) This weekend features the curtailments of six routes  across central Croydon and a revision to  services around Windsor and Slough with Courtney taking over the ‘Thames Valley’ local operation.   All route changes were listed in the October TLB662.


2) Now the 140 on Saturday 23rd   November:  The free heritage- bus  (RT/RM) service will run between approximately 1030 and 1700, with the aim of a 20-minute headway over the whole route plus extra short workings and a couple of runs to Mill Hill.  A few afternoon journeys will operate via Cherry Lane Cemetery.  It is hoped to  have at least 12 buses in service.  Timetables will be available in due course.

Saturday 26 October

1) Three batches of new E20D/E200s are now coming on stream. Most of Metroline DEM 2681-96 are now in service on route 393, displacing the hired Arriva ENSs and older Metroline DEMs back to Potters Bar.  The first examples of Arriva ENN 55-71 (for route 192) and Go-Ahead SE 304-319 (for route 364) are now arriving too.


2) A few more Arriva HVs are now at Dartford for new route 335 to begin on the 26th while  more LTs are gradually drifting within  Arriva to route 19 from Tottenham Garage.  At Metroline, more stored VWs have moved to West Perivale (PA) to start to replace the last SELs on the 297.


3) In the past week the Bamford Bus Company acquired most of the Wrightbus business at Ballymena, albeit probably with a reduced workforce. A first priority must be to complete and deliver the many buses (mostly StreetDecks) that had been in various stages of  construction.  As well as that, Bamford would seek new orders.  The only outstanding orders for London are the 20 hydrogen fuel cell StreetDecks  due for route 7 next year and more StreetLites for Arriva Southern Counties.


4) This year’s Poppy Day Appeal is now under way and several London buses are being liveried accordingly, As well as that, on Friday 8th November TfL has approved operation of several Routemasters with routes 9, 13, 14, 15, 23, 24, 25, 159 and 452 (at least) likely to feature.


5) See the staff vacancy notice from Stagecoach London with a link below on this website. The position would suit a keen enthusiast. Closing date 17:00 1st November.  

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.

Saturday 23 November:  As a final element to the RT80 celebrations in 2019, London Bus Museum are organising a heritage operation on route 140 featuring RT and RM family buses (plus Metrobuses), two weeks before the route is shortened. The route will be operated alongside Metroline as a free service  between Harrow Weald and Heathrow Central.  A few journeys will cover the original roads to Mill Hill and via Cherry Lane Cemetery.   More information is available at and the proposed timetable is available here. Metrobuses have now been given an LEZ exemption. 

Saturday 7 December:  Ensignbus Running Day

Sunday 8 December:  Bromley mini runnng day on route 162 and others