Latest Update: 23 February 2020
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
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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, 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.
The first 2020 meeting
is on Monday 24 February. This is a
slideshow from Alan Osborne on 'Islands'. Alan has
travelled widely and tracked down buses on many
islands from the Faroes to the Falklands and many
more, left, right and centre!
Then on Mondays 23
March, 27 April, 1 June, 29 June (AGM), 28
September, 19 October, 23 November and 21 December.
No meetings in July or August but bus rides evening
on 20 July.
The London Bus (TLB)
TLB665 was posted on
Tuesday 21 January. The closing date for reports for
TLB 666 was 5 February and it is due for posting on
Tuesday 18 February. The closing date for reports
for TLB 667 is 4 March.
New and Recent LOTS
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 LBM190 London Bus Magazine
Winter 2019: (£5.00) **NEW** Main articles are "From River
Deep to Mountain High" the story of London route 101 and
others nearby, and 'Leyland National destination blinds'.
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
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)
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
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)
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 February
Lots of electric items now: at RATP the entire
class of 29 BCE-class electrics is now in service for
route 94. Delivery has commenced of
Abellio’s Caetano e.City Gold electric single-deckers
for routes C10 and P5. Within the next two weeks
Go-Ahead’s first BYD/ADL E400EVs for route 212 and more
SEe buses for route 444 are due when the company
takes over those routes from 7th March.
Two classes are now in their last days, Metroline has
just one Scania (SEL806) left in occasional use on route
297 while Tower Transit’s hydrogen fuel-cell buses on
route 444 have an uncertain future after the loss of the
route from 7th March.
Saturday 15 February
In the past few days lots more London United BCEs have
entered service, such that as at 15th Feb
25 (of the batch of 29) are in use on route 94
providing the entire service. Although the ADHs
and VHs from the 94 will all be re-deployed soon
elsewhere, for this weekend some of them are providing
the extra buses on route 9 as part of the Piccadilly
Now that London United’s BYD -ADL E400EV-City electrics
are all here, interest transfers to Go-Ahead’s 49
of the breed. Go-Ahead now has the demonstrator
LF69UXJ for famliarisation training at NP Garage.
Some have emerged from ADL as the
start of the Ee class , the first 13 being due
within the next 2 or 3 weeks, nominally for route 212
from 7th March.
Thirteen BYD- E200EVs (SEe 110-122) are also due, for
the takeover of route 444 from the same date. That
should mean the withdrawal of Tower Transit’s WSH and BH
hydrogen fuel-cell buses.
The next ‘Demand Responsive’ experiment with Sprinter
minibuses by Arriva in Watford (as Arriva-Click) is due
to begin on 23rd March.
Thus far, five Sprinters have transferred from Arriva in
Liverpool and another five are due from other sources.
For earlier news read LOTS TLB
(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
Saturday 14 March: Chiswick
Town Hall, transport bazaar, open 11am-3pm
admission fees (LSS)
Saturday 28 March: Oxford
City Centre, twilight running of Museum buses
Saturday 29 March: Dorking,
A&DMBS Bus Running Day.
4 April: South East Bus Festival,
Detling near Maidstone (LSS)
Sunday 5 April: London
Bus Museum Brooklands, Spring gathering. (LSS)
Sunday 11 April: NLETE
Transport Bazaar, Christ Church Hall, Barnet,
open 11am-2.30pm admission fees
Saturday/Sunday 25/26 April:
LT Museum, Acton Depot, open
Sunday 3 May:
London to Brighton run.
Sunday 3 May: King Alfred Running
Day, Winchester Broadway.
Sunday 10 May: Horsham,
Rally and Running Day at Hop Oast P&R site.
Transport Bazaar, Theydon Bois Village Hall,
open 11am-3.30pm, admission £3.
Sat.16 May: Faversham,
Bus Running Day in Town Centre.
Sunday 17 May: Whittlesey,
Fenland Bus Running Day.
Sunday 31 May High
Wycombe, A&DMBS Bus Running Day.
Saturday 15 August: The annual Imber
event near Warminster. This year no cars, bikes
or pedestrians will be allowed to approach the
village - just timetables buses only
Two Garage Open Days have been notified from
Metroline on Saturday 18 July at Potters Bar
and on Saturday 12 September at Harrow
Weald. Both mark a 90 years anniversary.