Latest Update: 23 June
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
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and it will be passed to the correct person. Reports for
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Note that the TLB Editor has a new address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, 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 next meeting is on
Monday 1 July:
Basically the ‘June meeting’ is a little late due to hall
bookings. It is the grand LOTS Annual General Meeting.
Note that it will be in the smaller Brockway Room NOT the
Great Hall. With experience from previous years, we
shall not be sending out Reports and Accounts with TLB to
save a lot of paper and printing. If any member
would like a copy of the Officers’ Reports, you can apply
by e-mail to <
LOTSChairman@yahoo.co.uk > or by
sending an SAE to the South Wimbledon address after 7th
June. We hope that we can tie the Accounts availability to
the same deadline to avoid two separate ‘application
Monday 22 July : Our annual free Bus Rides evening
departing from Red Lion Square at 7.30 pm. After trips in
past year to visit old garage sites in east and south
London, this year we go north. No access to Conway Hall.
There is no meeting in August. Normal Monday meetings
resume on 30 September, then 21 October, 25 November, 16
The London Bus (TLB)
TLB658 was posted on
Tuesday 18 June May. The closing date for
reports for TLB 659 is Wednesday 3 July and it is
due for posting on Tuesday 16 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 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 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. **new**
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)
LOTS LBM187 London Bus Magazine Spring
2019: (£5.00) Main
articles are A history of Green Line routes 706 &
707', 'On the Fringe' looking at bus services around
the border of Central and Country buses prior to LCBS, and
Buses and pubs in south London, plus the usual Around
& About and letters features.
From Mike Harris, the latest London bus maps:
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
Also, in the Historical series -
The 1976 Greater London Bus Map, 10th April 1976 -
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
Non-members may wish to look at a sample
issue of TLB.
Hopefully this will whet your appetite for joining
Sunday 23 June
The new Premium Tours services (see TLB656
p12) in London using RMLs and ERMs have begun, first
sighting on 21st June.
Route 227, always a busy service but single-deck because
of the low bridge at Shortlands, changed operator
on 22nd from
Stagecoach Selkent to Go-Ahead Metrobus and with a type
change from Citaros to 11.5m StreetLites, the first in
London of this length. Route 51 switched garages
from Orpington to Bexleyheath but with the same vehicle
Abellio has been swapping batches of LTs between
Battersea and Walworth garages so as to get a particular
batch ready for the change of operator of route 211 next
Saturday 29th from
Abellio to London United.
A correction to TLB658: Arriva SC’s acquired
Versas are 4182/3/4 (not 4162/3/4) but a garage
allocation of these (and the acquired ex-London E200s)
Is still awaited.
Saturday 15 June
The 15th June service changes in central London went
ahead, with an estimated PVR reduction of about
40. A late addition to the scheme (adding to
TLB657 notes) was a frequency reduction on route 12 and
the start of conversion to LTs of Arriva route 67.
Last weekend (8th June) Stagecoach London withdrew the
last four of the Volvo B5LH/ Geminis (13001-032) at
Plumstead and these will now depart the company.
The seven E40Ds (11075-081) went into service during the
past week on route 372 from Rainham.
Many more BDE-class BYD/ADL electrics have been
delivered to Metroline and parked at Willesden Junction.
Then on 13th June the first of the order for 31 Optare
MetroDecker electrics - YJ19 HVA (no fleet number so
far) - arrived at Potters Bar.
At Trustybus the first of its ex-London United
Scania Omnicity double-decks has been completed in the
new red and blue colours with ‘Central Connect’
names. At Brentwood, Saturday 15th was the
last day of Ensignbus on the 21/31/81 local routes, with
NIBS taking over from Monday 17th.
For earlier reports refer to TLB or join
(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.
Sunday 23 June: London
Bus Museum, Brooklands, ‘On the Buses’ event (possible
LSS). The intention is to bring to the event the museum
vehicles that had been in off-site storage. The usual
route 462 to and from Weybridge is to he operated by
‘alternative fuel’ and ‘new type’ vehicles, for example
Metroline OME and BDE, GAL VHP and TA1, RATP ADH and
LT1000 and Reading gas-bus.
As an experiment, LBM will be running a free feeder
service to the event using an Epsom Buses ADH: Epsom
Waterloo Road stop F 09:00, Epsom Ashley Road stop K
09:01, Epsom General Hospital 09:05, Leatherhead Station
09:25, Cobham Waitrose 09:40, arrive Museum 09:50.
Return from Museum 16:20 (arr Epsom Clock Tower 17:10
Museum open weekend at Acton
Saturday 20 July: Metroline
Open Day and Running Day at Potters Bar Garage (LSS).
Sunday 21 July: Alton, Hants,
major large-scale Bus Rally and Running Day(LSS).
Saturday 27 July: Barleylands
(near Billericay), Essex Bus Rally (LSS).
Sunday 28 July:
Worthing sea front bus rally.
Sunday 4 August: Stokes Bay, Gosport bus rally
Sunday 4 August: Tinkers Park Uckfield, East
Sussex, transport rally.
Saturday 10 August: Open Day (10am-4pm) at
Stagecoach Bedford depot to celebrate its centenary as a
bus depot. It was opened on 30July1913 by the LGOC when
the area was served by a London operator! – but was
transferred to the military from 22Nov1914 to
05Aug1919. The National Steam Car Co Ltd took over
from 09Aug1919 and it has been a motor-bus depot ever
since via National Omnibus, Eastern National, United
Counties and now Stagecoach.