Friday, 26 August 2016

New Hybrids for London Bus routes 2, 19 and 249

A quick news update on the London Bus scene; Arriva London has won the contract to operate new hybrids on London Buses routes 2, 19 and 249.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

London Bus contracting: operators get paid by the mile

This is one of my spontaneous articles going into great detail about London Bus operations.

Ever since London Bus services were privatised during the mid-1990’s, to competitive tender, I’ve been watching closely and have found out they’ve talked about the Cost-Per-Mile on the route contract.

I won’t go into detail about the contracting, but TFL have hosted a document on their website which is titled ‘London’s Bus Contracting and Tendering Process’.

Here’s the selected routes I’ve listed, the calculations may not be accurate so please forgive me if there’s any errors on this:

Monday, 22 August 2016

A short update on electric buses for London and the Volvo SRM at the 2016 Imber Bus Rally

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Wright SRM at the 2016 Imber Bus rally
Credit to KS LAB (KS Chow) on Flickr

First off, let me bring you up-to-date regarding the Electric Bus rollout in Central London.


Sunday 21 August
1) The first few of the BYD/ADL E200EV electric buses (SEe class) are now in London being prepared for use on routes 507 and 521, hopefully during the coming week.  The intended fleet class code has been changed from EE to SEe  (i.e. to link the Enviro200 class SE with e = electric, this being in lower case lettering –a ‘first’ for London).   The two electric Irizars (EI 1 and 2) were last used on the ‘Red Arrows’  on 15th August prior to being moved to New Cross for intended use soon on route 108.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Photos of Bendy Buses in London

Taking a trip down memory lane to the decade of the 2000’s, twelve London Bus routes operated with articulated buses. The type of articulated bus was the Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro G artic.

The photographs are taken from Wikimedia Commons.

London Buses route 12
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By oyxman - Own work, CC BY 2.5,

Operated from 06th November 2004 till 05th November 2011

More night buses to come in line with Night Tube

Newbury Park station which serves the Central Line

Last year I published an article back on 29th August 2015 when I was disappointed with route 296 operating a night service in order to connect people from Newbury Park station to Romford.

But thankfully route 296 will operate their weekend night service in line with the Night Tube on 19th August 2016.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Sullivan buses wins route W9 and retains 298

Sullivan Buses at Arnos Grove
A brief news update; Sullivan Buses, a small bus company based in Hertfordshire has won London Buses‘route W9’ and retains route 298 contracts.

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