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Latest Update: 1 March 2024


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. 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 lotsmemsec@gmail.com 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 lotstlbeditor@gmail.com and it will be passed to the correct person.

For queries about Postal Sales, please email lotspostalsales@gmail.com. This E mail address may also be used for ordering from Postal Sales if wishing to pay by direct debit bank transfer - for details see Page 1 of the Sales Bulletin.


LOTS Meetings and Events


We now meet at The Gallery at Alan Baxter, 77 Cowcross Street, Farringdon. It is already used by several other societies (including TLURS) so may be familiar to some of you. It is three minutes walk from Farringdon Station (Met/Circle/H&C lines, Elizabeth line and Thameslink).


We shall start and end earlier than at Conway Hall as the venue is locked by 9pm. Therefore doors will open at 6pm, meetings start at 6.30pm and finish at 8pm, then Q&As and sales stand but all out by 9pm.


Booked dates in 2024 are 13 May, 17 June (AGM), (revised date) 30 September and 18 November.


Exit from Farringdon station (Met side), turn east and go up Cowcross Street until you reach the Leon restaurant. Opposite there is a passageway, cross the cobbled courtyard to the far right corner and go down the stairs to the basement meeting room known as 'The Gallery'. We would advise that you do not drive to the venue, parking space is rare and charges apply for 24 hours. There are several coffee shops and a Wetherspoons on Farringdon Road.


The London Bus (TLB)

TLB 714 was posted on Tuesday 20 February. The closing date for reports for TLB 715 is Wednesday 6 March.


New and recent LOTS publications:

For queries about Postal Sales, please email lotspostalsales@gmail.com. This email address may also be used for ordering from Postal Sales if wishing to pay by direct debit bank transfer - for details see Page 1 of the Sales list.

Please address your orders to LOTS Postal Sales, Lombard Business Park, 8 Lombard Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 3TZ. Orders are processed weekly. 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 May 2023 TLB705. 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:

Sales list – A new edition was attached with TLB705 and will be found on the sales page of this website.

NEW London Bus Review 2022 Greater London and Beyond (£17.00).A4 glossy, 80 pages, 135 colour photographs with extensive captions. This is the ORIGINAL annual Review made with about 50 years’ experience.

 

LOTS London Bus & Tram Fleetbook 2023 (£8.00).

SUP 45A London Bus Garages, allocations and routes - September 2023. £5.50

This is a new SUP from LOTS listing all garages operating TfL routes from A to X. Each has a based fleetlist and a list of routes, types allocated and basic M-F PVR figures.


SUP24J Service Vehicles current fleet April 2023    £5.00.


NEW London Bus Magazine No 206, Winter 2023 (£6).
Main articles are by Colin Stannard on his long career plus an account of the relatively recent bus wars in Guildford between Arriva and Stagecoach. by Andrew Babbs.


London Bus Magazine No. 205, Autumn 2023.
Main articles are Thamesmead Half a Century On, Part 2 by Malc McDonald and Sunday services, a review of Sunday only route variations by Watton. (£6)


London Bus Magazine No 204, Summer 2023.
Main articles are: Thamesmead half a century on Part 1 by Malc McDonald and Roving around the airfields by Graham Burnell. (£6)


London Bus Magazine No 203, Spring 2023.
Principle articles are: LT Service vehicles in the 21st Century (Tom Young); Fifty Years of LBM, a personal perspective (Tony Wilson); Modern destination blinds (Bob Williamson). (£6)


From Mike Harris, the latest Greater London bus maps:

New editions of the Greater London Bus Map dated 29 April 2023 are now available for (£2) and a Night Bus Map for 29 April 2023 (£4) From each edition of the series an amount of the price is donated to a charity. In this case it is to the Architectural Heritage Fund. Copies are available from www.shop.busmap.co.uk and from the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden.

See the Publications page for details of LOTS publications or the Sales Bulletin on the Sales page for our current stocklist.

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.

LOTS Info Service:
Andrew Robertson, Curry Farm, Halstead Lane, Knockholt, Sevenoaks,TN14 7EP.

Or e-mail lots.info@btinternet.com.

Vacancies:

None


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


Latest news


Wednesday 28 February (updated 1 March)


1) The TfL website now confirms that SL2 will start tomorrow, 2nd March, rather than on 9th March as originally planned. Running from Walthamstow to North Woolwich using Arriva London HA-class buses from DX garage, this will complete the orbital part of the Superloop network. One route remains outstanding (the SL4 from Grove Park to Canary Wharf), and this will start in 2025 once the new Silvertown tunnel is opened.



Sunday 25 February


1) Superloop route SL3 has commenced running between Thamesmead and Bromley, bringing LT-class New Routemaster buses to further parts of the suburbs. 

2) Some of the new electric buses intended for Go-Ahead London route P12 (SEe260-271) are temporarily being used on routes 100 (Q), 265 (AF) and 450 (C). The batch for route 152 (SEe276-290) remains in store at Go-Ahead Swindon.

3) Lots of route changes next weekend (2nd March), mainly in the Croydon and Sutton areas. The 439 and S2 are new routes, while the 455 is withdrawn.

4) The contract for route 97 is renewed with Stagecoach also on the 2nd March, with the route due to transfer from WH to LI later in the month (30th). This may spell the end for the few remaining Scania OmniCity buses.



Friday 23 February

 

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

 

Route

Current Operator

New Operator

PVR

Vehicles

34

Arriva London North

Arriva London North

18

New electric double deck

36 (24h)

London Central

London Central

29

Existing hybrid double deck

66

Arriva London North

Arriva London North

14

Existing hybrid double deck

103

Arriva London North

Arriva London North

14

Existing hybrid double deck

172

London Central

London Central

14

New electric double deck

192

Arriva London North

Arriva London North

15

Existing diesel single deck

257

Stagecoach East London

Stagecoach East London

16

New electric double deck

343/N343

London Central

London Central

TBC

Existing hybrid double deck

370

Arriva London North

Arriva London North

13

Existing hybrid double deck

618

n/a – new route

Abellio West London

1

Existing hybrid double deck

639/670

London United

Abellio London

2

Existing hybrid double deck

E1

London United

Metroline West

7

Existing diesel double deck

SL1

Arriva London North

Arriva London North

11

New electric double deck

 

New electric vehicles may enter service after the contract start date, dependent on infrastructure and/ or vehicle delivery timescales.

 

The diesel and hybrid vehicles detailed above will meet Euro VI emissions standards. 

 

The start and end dates for the above contracts are detailed in the following table:

 

Route

Contract Start Date

Contract End Date

34

9th November 2024

7th November 2031

36 (24h)

8th February 2025

8th February 2030

66

31st August 2024

30th August 2030

103

12th October 2024

11th October 2030

172

15th March 2025

12th March 2032

192

9th November 2024

5th November 2027

257

12th October 2024

10th October 2031

343/N343

1st February 2025

1st February 2030

370

2nd November 2024

1st November 2030

618

31st August 2024

27th August 2027

639/670

8th June 2024

4th June 2027

E1

25th May 2024

21st May 2027

SL1

9th November 2024

7th November 2031

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Sunday 18 February


1) Several of Transport UK's WrightBus GB Kite Electroliner single-deckers have seen use on recent weekend railway replacement work between Stratford and Romford. These are the first of the type to be used in London, and are eventually intended for use on route E7 from Southall (GW). 


2) From next weekend (24th February), Arriva London is re-opening its Stamford Hill (SF) garage to work route 254. Arriva will thus no longer be using Ash Grove (AE), though the location continues with Stagecoach London (as HK).

3) Also from 24th February, route 242 passes from Arriva London (CT) to Stagecoach London (HK), with new Volvo BZL/MCV electric double-deckers to be used once delivered. These changes mean that CT and SF become the first two London garages to operate only LT-class buses.

4) Finally, again from 24th February, Superloop route SL3 starts between Thamesmead and Bromley. The route will be worked by Stagecoach London's Bromley garage (TB), using LT-class buses latterly with RATP on the 9.



Tuesday 13th February

 

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

 

Route

Current Operator

New Operator

PVR

Vehicles

90

Metroline

Metroline

17

New electric double deck

222 (24h)

Metroline West

Metroline West

17

Existing hybrid double deck

323

Stagecoach East London

Stagecoach East London

4

Existing electric single deck

H13

Metroline West

Metroline West

6

Existing diesel single deck

 

New electric vehicles may enter service after the contract start date, dependent on infrastructure and/ or vehicle delivery timescales.

 

The diesel and hybrid vehicles detailed above will meet Euro VI emissions standards. 

 

The start and end dates for the above contracts are detailed in the following table:

 

Route

Contract Start Date

Contract End Date

90

31st August 2024

29th August 2031

222 (24h)

14th September 2024

10th September 2027

323

11th January 2025

9th January 2032

H13

7th September 2024

3rd September 2027

 

 

 

 

 




For earlier news read LOTS TLB


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

https://www.classicbuses.co.uk/++Events-diary.html


All events are subject to any Covid-19 restrictions at the time. Events that seem likely to go ahead are below, although you should check before travelling. LSS= LOTS Sales Stand should attend).


Sunday 10th March:

Golders Green running day, covering parts of routes 13, 43, 102, 210, 240 and 603. Initial details here.


Saturday 16th March:

Safeguard Coaches centenary event at Guildford Cathedral. Details here.


Saturday 23rd March:

Barking Garage centenary open day, with vintage buses on 62 & 145. (LSS) . Details here.


Saturday 6th April:

South East Bus Festival at Detling. (LSS). Details here.


Sunday 7th April:

Classic buses in rural Hertfordshire - running day centred on Hertford.


Sunday 14th April:

Spring Gathering at London Bus Museum, Brooklands. (LSS)


Looking ahead:

London Bus Museum’s other major events at Brooklands are on 23rd Jun and 20th Oct.


You must check on the event websites or on the full national event list at

https://www.classicbuses.co.uk/++Events-diary.html




Our website is regularly updated with other events.