Latest Update: 19 September 2018
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our monthly newsletter, •The London Bus• (TLB). Items
noted here will be incorporated in the next issue of TLB
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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.
The normal September meeting is now on 1st October due
to hall bookings.
Mon 01 October: Andrew Braddock, ‘London’s
public transport viewed from inside and out’.
Mon 22 October: Bob Palmer, colour
slides ‘Pure Nostalgia, Part 4’.
Mon 19 November: John Parkin, A photographic
celebration of London’s red and green buses since late
Mon 17 December: Jeff Tucker, ‘London and the
Home Counties in the 1970s’.
The London Bus (TLB)
TLB647 was posted on Tuesday 14th August. The closing
date for reports for TLB 649 was Wednesday 5
September and it is due for posting on Tuesday 18
September. The closing date for reports for TLB 650
is Wednesday 3 October.
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
London Bus & Tram Fleetbook
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 -
Greater London Night Bus Map, 14th April 2018 -
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)
TLB Extra – Vehicle news of 1949: (£7.00)
TLB Extra – Vehicle news of 1948: (£6.50)
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
Non-members may wish to look at a sample
issue of TLB.
Hopefully this will whet your appetite for joining
Sunday 16 September
1) Saturday 15th saw two more London
routes change hands. CT Plus took over the D6 from
Go-Ahead with new E20Ds and Tower Transit took the D8 from
Go-Ahead using VNs released from the frequency reduction
on route 25. Two weeks on and no further
deliveries of E20Ds to RATP, although more new E40Ds
continued to re-equip Stagecoach West Ham routes
2) After White Bus put five new E20Ds into service in west
Surrey two weeks ago, on 15th September Falcon Coaches
followed suit with five of their own when they took over
Mon-Sat route 461 (Kingston & Addlestone), this
marking the end of Abellio Surrey’s operation.
Thursday 6 September
1) The type-mix at Harrow and Edgware
with London Sovereign continues apace with routes 288i,
303 and H18H19 plus part of the H14 using new DLE and
older DE class Enviro200s. The main part of the H14 is
worked by SPs and the H12 by VHs until new ADHs
ordered for those routes arrive. Metroline
route 186 is now at Harrow Weald with a collection of
older VW class Volvo B9TLs. Route 113 is
gaining more new VMHs (B5LH/MCV).
Sunday 2 September
1) On 31st August it was made known
that introduction of the first section of the Elizabeth
line will be delayed from December 2018 to Autumn 2019. It
remains to be seen whether the various bus service changes
that are linked to this and planned for 8th December 2018
will get deferred too.
2) RATP had to make late arrangements to take over the
288/303/H18/H19 from Arriva, H12 from Metroline and 293
from Go-Ahead from 1st September. The
new parking ground at Parr Road Stanmore could not be made
ready in time so temporary parking of 30+ buses is now at
North Wembley. Very few new buses had been delivered
so around 20-odd buses that had been surplus since June
had been retained to assist. The result has been
that ‘wrong types’ are working temporarily on a number of
RATP routes for now. However, SP-class Scanias on
H14 and Tempos on 293 are the ‘proper’ allocation although
VH-class B5LHs are temporary on the H12 until more SPs can
3) Metroline had been gathering VWs for route 186 from 1st
September, ousting the last main batch of VPs from the
fleet (Willesden retain just five). Route 32 lost
its LTs for TEs and TEHs on its move to Edgware
Garage. Metroline has begun to put VMH-class Volvo
B5LH/ MCV buses onto route 113, the first went into
service on 31st August. That date also saw electric
Optare MetroDecker MD1 on Tower Transit route
4) This weekend (1/2/3 September) were big days in the
country areas. Considerable service changes in
NW Kent (Arriva and Go Coach), in mid-Surrey and West
Sussex (Metrobus and Southdown PSV), in west Surrey
(expansion of White Bus and Falcon
Coaches). Full details were in TLB648.
White Bus’ five new E20Ds YX68 ULT/U/V/W/Y were the first
68-reg buses to go into service in the ’LOTS Area’
on the 1st of the month.
Sunday 26 August
1) Further new Stagecoach London
E40D-Smart Hybrids have remained in store through
August. Although initially meant for West Ham,
sixteen (11001-016) have now moved to Catford for route
136 which traverses the Mayor’s latest Low Emission
Bus Zone (LEBZ) in Lewisham and Catford. More
new E40Ds to follow to both Catford and West Ham in
2) CT Plus’ new E20Ds have been delivered ready for the
take up for route D6 on 15th September; some may be used
on the W13 in the meantime. Five new E20Ds with 68-marks
are now with White Bus, these to allow for the take-up
from 1st September of routes 48, 437, 462, 463, 500 in
3) There are now 40 VMHs at Metroline (WJ) awaiting
service, hopefully to run on routes 113 and 274 in due
course. As well as that, the electric BYD/ADL
buses still await entry into service on routes 46
(Metroline) and 70/C1 (London United). However, it
is possible that one Metroline BEL together with Yutong
electric YT1 may work on route 603 on 28-31August in a
4) 30/31August and 1September are the last days of this
season of London General route 68 in Southend - open-top
RML2318 (as well as the usual WVL83) are due to be
Tuesday 21 August
LBSL intends to enter into new contracts for the
following routes with the operators listed below:
10 New Euro VI hybrid double deck
17 New Euro VI hybrid double
14 New Euro VI hybrid double
24 2014 Euro VI hybrid
123* Arriva London
20 2010/11 Euro V diesel double
158* Stagecoach East
18 Double deck (details
9 2012 Euro V diesel double
12 2010 Euro V diesel single deck
275 Stagecoach East
Stagecoach East London
13 2012 Euro V diesel double deck
6 2012 Euro V diesel
10 2010/11 Euro V diesel
428 Arriva London
TBC 2010/11 Euro V diesel double deck
689 Arriva London
0** 2010 Euro V diesel double deck
5 2010 Euro V diesel single
B15 Arriva London
6 2009 Euro IV diesel single
* Operates 24 hours at weekends.
** Uses 1 bus from route 250 allocation..
All Euro IV and Euro V vehicles will be upgraded to Euro
VI emissions standards.
The above contracts will commence on the following dates:
8th December 2018: Routes 178, 244, 291 & 301.
26th January 2019: Routes 96, 428, B11 & B15.
2nd March 2019: Routes 123, 158 & 275.
23rd March 2019: Route 20.
20th April 2019: Route 689.
27th April 2019: Route 75.
4th May 2019: Route 54.
Sunday 19 August
1) Electric Optare MetroDecker
MD 1 is now at Tower Transit and is likely to be trialled
soon on route 23. Dart PDL120, out of
service for three years, is back after being
converted to electric propulsion by Magtec; it is to
be used on route 312 from Arriva Croydon (TC)
Garage. The BCI tri-axle bus (TA 1) at
Go-Ahead is now due to enter service next Saturday
25 August on route 12.
2) The results of the massive consultation on bus services
for when the Elizabeth line opens has been
published. We printed the proposed changes in
TLB635 (July 2017):
Friday 17 August
This has appeared from an unofficial
source about proposed route and frequency changes across
Central London. It is likely to be credible but
dates are missing. We would expect that TfL would offer
most of the changes to formal consultation in due
Sunday 12 August
1) Go-Ahead’s B5LHC-SRMs VHP 1
and 2 continued to be out every day on route 37 in
the past week, although the BCI tri-axle is not
expected to be in use until 25th August. The
nomadic electric Yutong bus YG18CVS is expected to begin
service on Metroline route 46 in the coming week.
2) London City Tour closed down after service on Friday 10
August. Already LCT had been advising their passengers
that they could use OLST buses and the LCT vehicles have
already been advertised for sale. Meanwhile the
first of should be ten UNVI-bodied open-toppers for OLST
has been out on the road, thus far just testing.
3) There is no sign yet of any of the 34xDLEs, 7xDXEs and
20xADHs needed by RATP for 1st September although
Wright’s has started to deliver three months early the 12
x B5LH/Gemini3s (VH 45298-309); these would operate from
Edgware on route H12 until they move to the 79 in
For earlier reports refer to TLB or join
events (updated 19 September)
These events are provided as a service to
readers, LOTS has no involvement nor responsibility
for any event noted below:
= 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
Sunday 23 September:
(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 http://www.classicbuses.co.uk/events.html
Our website is regularly updated with other events.
Amberley Museum Bus
Rally and Running Day
Saturday 29 September:
Delaine at Bourne,
Heritage Running Day
and Garage Open
Sunday 30 September: Showbus
at Donington Park, Leicestershire.
Sunday 30 September: Special operation of RT4779
over routes 408 and 470. Timetable. Full details on Red-RF.com.
On Sunday 7 October: Amersham Running Day,
Please note that it is based this year, not at
Amersham, but at Chesham Town Centre in the Water
Meadows Car Park off St Mary’s Way.
Thursday 11 October: LHRG meeting at TfL HQ
Palestra, opposite Southwark Jubilee line station, 6pm
for 6.30 start, subject tba:
Saturday 13 October: 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.
Saturday/Sunday 13/14October: Beer &
Buses’ event, on the Isle of Wight, extensive services
Sunday 14 October (changed date): Bus
Rally at Labworth Rec. Ground, Canvey Island, also local
Bus Museum sales stands.
Sunday 21 October: 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.
Saturday 3 November: ‘Aldenham Transport
Sale’ at Allum Hall, Elstree. Many sales stands,
entrance fees (LSS).
Saturday 1December: Ensignbus Vintage Bus
Day, many local and guest vehicles in service.