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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Industrial action for London Bus services operated by Tower Transit

Route 25 is one of the routes affected.
"Au Morandarte Flickr DSC00149 (12486722443)" by Au Morandarte from London, Middlesex, England - DSC00149Uploaded by Ultra7. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

TFL have issued a press release in regards of the private bus operator Tower Transit striking.

Transport for London (TfL) has today issued advice to bus passengers ahead of planned strike action by members of the Unite union, who work for Tower Transit, which will affect bus services in east and central London on Monday 29 December and Monday 5 January. 
The strike is over a dispute between Unite and Tower Transit over bus driver pay and conditions. Only around 22 per cent of Tower Transit bus drivers voted for strike action. TfL is calling for Unite and Tower Transit to swiftly resolve the dispute so that passengers are not disrupted 

Monday, 15 December 2014

Change of operator for London Buses route 498

Recently there have been reports that Route 498 have been awarded to Stagecoach London from Go Ahead Blue Triangle.

But we might soon see the last of the Optare Olympus Scania N250UD buses for route 498 because Go Ahead London's contract will come to an end by 27th June 2015. Leaving it to Stagecoach East Londonwith new double decks to operate on route 498 for a new contract.

So here is the video of the Optare Olympus Scania in action.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

More Electric Buses for London



Earlier this week, TFL issued a press release about the roll out of the new single deck electric buses.

The two Optare MetroCity buses are now in service on route 312, which is operated by Arriva, between South Croydon and Norwood Junction. The bus route is used by around 4,700 passengers a day. Passengers travelling on these buses will benefit from much lower noise and vibration levels compared to regular buses with diesel engines.

These new electric buses are the latest addition to Europe's greenest bus fleet and will increase TfL's experience and understanding of this relatively new technology. The buses were built by UK bus manufacturer Optare, which is part of the Hinduja Group, based in Sherburn in Elmet, North Yorkshire. They have zero tail pipe emissions at point of use, resulting in lower overall carbon emissions.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Route 137 conversion officially confirmed by TFL

New Routemasters are now in service on route 137


TfL issued a press release on the conversion of Route 137 to New Routemasters.

Transport for London (TfL) has today announced that the next bus route to be served entirely by New Routemaster buses will be the 137.

From Saturday 6 December there will be phased conversion of the route, which is operated by Arriva, and runs between Oxford Circus and Streatham Hill, via Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, Sloane Square, Chelsea Bridge, Battersea Park and Clapham Common. The route will be running entirely with New Routemaster buses by the end of December.

During peaks hours, 31 of these state of the art buses will be in passenger service to carry the 22,000 people who travel on the route each week day.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Last New Routemaster route conversion for year 2014 date confimed

Just a quick article, the London Bus Routes website has finally reported that the Route 137 conversion to New Routemaster will commence on 6th December 2014. It is reported to be a phased conversion instead of a complete overnight conversion and there will be no changes made to the timetable.

It is reported that they will use the last batch of the Euro V engined New Routemaster buses.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Video: Out of Service S Stock train at Barbican Station

During the afternoon of 12th November 2014, I have captured the out of service S Stock train going past Barbican station.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Hovercrafts for London River Services?

Short Lived London Regional Transport Logo


In 1984, the British government brought in the London Regional Transport Act 1984. I was scanning through the pages of the Act, over on Legislation.gov.uk and I stumbled upon the ‘Operating Powers of London Regional Transport’ page.

In paragraph one of the ‘carriage and storage’ section, it states that London Regional Transport can operate in any form of transport from land and water, which also includes 'hovercrafts'.

If you don’t believe me, here is the relevant text:

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

No more Heatherwick designed buses for London?


Since TFL ordered another 200 New Routemasters to extend the fleet to 800 by 2016, TFL board have no plans to buy another 1,000 New Routemasters.

This is from their board paper released in October 2014.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

New 2015 Transport fares for London




Some good news for the workers that work in Central London as the new fares for 2015 have been unveiled. In zones 1-6 the fares have been capped and are going down to £11.70. London Transport Buses are also frozen again and capped at £4.40.

Press release from TfL
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today set out a step change in Transport for London's (TfL's) fares for 2015, giving flexible and part-time workers, including those with unpredictable hours, access to lower fares.

Monday, 10 November 2014

TFL speeds the 'ultra low' emission bus rollout


TFL is investing more into more environmentally friendly and cleaner buses for London streets.

From their press release

More than 300 buses with the latest Euro VI engines will be operating on London's roads by the end of this year, Transport for London (TfL) announced today.  
Over two thirds of these (215) will be hybrid diesel-electric double decker buses.  Under the ULEZ proposal, all buses driving in central London from 2020 will need to meet the Euro VI standard for NOx emissions.  
The effectiveness of Euro VI engines in reducing harmful emissions has been substantiated in testing by TfL that re-creates real world driving conditions in London. During this testing, a bus with a Euro VI Engine was found to have 95 per cent lower NOx emissions than a bus with a Euro V engine (down from 10 g/km to 0.5 g/km).  This test result correlates with testing conducted by manufacturers.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Video: Abellio Greater Anglia service From Ilford to Stratford


During the morning rush hour commute, the service goes past Manor Park, Forest Gate and Maryland stations from Ilford without stopping and go straight to Stratford station.

Fifth Carriage for London Overground services


London Overground will have a 25% extra capacity by upgrading the trains from four to five cars as part of £320 million investment program.

From TFL's press release
Passengers on the London Overground network are set for more comfortable journeys as the first five-carriage train, which will increase passenger capacity by 25%, took to the rails today. An extra carriage is being introduced to London Overground trains to meet increasing demand for the highly popular rail service - providing more comfortable journeys and room for an extra 170 passengers per train.

The increase from four to five-carriage trains is part of Transport for London's (TfL) £320m programme to boost capacity on the London Overground network. The rollout of the longer trains will start on the East London Line followed by the North and West London lines and be completed by the end of 2015.  

Monday, 3 November 2014

Video: London Underground S Stock train in action

On 3rd November 2014, I have captured footage of the London Underground S Stock train at Barbican station. Then I boarded the S stock train Eastbound towards Liverpool Street.

Latest News for New Routemaster

Yes, Route 8 is now in operation as this is a computer generated image made in 2010!


Stagecoach has issued a press release regarding the operation of the TFL purchased New Routemaster buses on their Tayway 73 route in Scotland.

Stagecoach is to test alternative bus technology as two hybrid vehicles from London go into service in Dundee.

The new Routemaster double deck vehicles went into service today (Monday 3 November) on the Tayway 73 route which operates between Dundee and Arbroath.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

A New Bus From Wrightbus

© Wrightbus
The Streetdeck by Wrightbus

I thought I would start off the 11th month of the year by relaying a press release from Wrightbus, unveiling its new Double Deck model called The Streetdeck.

Wrightbus has unveiled its new integral double deck bus - the StreetDeck. Fully European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECVWTA) compliant and with class leading weight and capacity, unmatched serviceability and whole life costs, a stunning new exterior styling and excellent interior comfort for passengers and driver alike, StreetDeck is in every sense the complete double deck bus. The Wrightbus StreetDeck has been designed to deliver outstanding fuel economy and emissions through a combination of low weight, efficient driveline configuration and technology advances that reduce auxiliary power consumption.

Friday, 31 October 2014

South East London Bus users to get frequent services

London Bus route 185.jpg
"London Bus route 185" by Matthew Black from London, UK - WVL on 185
Uploaded by oxyman. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Transport for London released a press release over the improved bus services in South East London.

Local bus services in south east London are to get a further boost from this Saturday (1 November), as Transport for London (TfL) increases the frequency of the 124, which is

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Video: Costa Coffee's DAF LF Truck vehicle indicator announces to turn left

I have captured footage of a Costa Coffee Truck turning left with not only the indicators flashing but also announcing that the left turn in 'voice to passers by and other traffic.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Tyne and Wear bus services to be operated by the council

Go North East bus 3962 Volvo B7TL Wrightbus Eclipse Gemini NK06 JXE The Angel livery in Newcastle 9 May 2009


Bus services in Tyne and Wear are to be controlled by the council as Councillors have backed plans for regulated services under the Quality Contracts Scheme.

In a move which could signal the biggest changes to the way buses operate across the region since de-regulation in the 1980s, members of the North East Combined Authority (neca) have today agreed to submit proposals for the introduction of a Quality Contracts Scheme (QCS) for consideration by a special independent panel. 
The north east is the first part of the country to reach this stage in developing a Quality Contracts Scheme under legislation introduced in 2000. The new scheme would see bus companies contracted to provide routes by Nexus on behalf of the North East Combined Authority, rather than the bus operators deciding which services to run on the basis of market forces.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Quick Report: First day of New Routemaster service on Route 453


The first New Routemaster bus, the 'LT274' has finally begun operating on route 453. It first entered service around 8am this morning on the Deptford Bridge to Marylebone route.

This is the first route to be converted to full 'Euro VI New Routemaster buses', whilst a small number are scattered around various routes served by different bus operating companies. The conversion for Route 453 will be 'phased in' in batches instead of a complete overnight conversion. The route will be 'one man operation' so the rear door will be used as a normal door and no second crew member will be present.

Monday, 13 October 2014

TFL Plans to have 200 more New Routemasters

Count the NRM's on the photo and times it by 100.
From Thomas Heatherwick’s website the designer of the New Routemaster.

In the Finance and Policy Committee board papers, it reveals there are plans to have 200 more New Routemasters which would move London a step closer to aspirations outlined in the Mayor’s 2020 vision which is to extend the fleet of 600 New Routemasters to 2,000 by the end of this decade.

Also, a quick follow up to my previous article

Friday, 10 October 2014

The New Tube for London



On the 9th October 2014, TFL gave a press release regarding the 'New Tube for London' designs which we will see operating in the 2020’s.

The Mayor and London Underground (LU) today revealed stunning new designs for the 'New Tube for London' - the next generation of Underground trains, which will come in to service from the mid-2020s.  The New Tube will be introduced first on the Piccadilly line, followed by the Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo & City lines. Its innovative design will also allow for air-cooling for the first time on deep-level sections of the Tube.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Stealth Rollercoaster at Thorpe Park (video)


This is one of my personal favourite rollercoasters because it’s a 'launch coaster' which reaches 80mph in 1.9 seconds.
The rollercoaster first opened on March 15th 2006 at Thorpe Park in Surrey, England and cost £12 million to build. It was manufactured by 'Intamin' and designed by Werner Stengel.
The ride starts off by propelling you to 80mph, almost instantly and it feels

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Route 453 conversion to New Routemaster finally announced by TFL



London Bus route 453 has been experiencing delays in converting the route to New Routemaster operation. TFL released a press statement (on 2nd October 2014) regarding the fuel consumption, which I have previously published.

Transport for London (TfL) has today announced that the next bus route to be served entirely by New Routemaster buses will be the 453.

From 18 October there will be phased conversion of the route, which is operated by London General, and runs 24-hours a day between Deptford Broadway and Marylebone station, via Baker Street, Oxford Circus, Trafalgar Square (Charing Cross), Westminster, Lambeth North, Elephant & Castle and New Cross Gate. The route will be running entirely with New Routemaster buses by mid November.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

TFL releases fuel consumption figures for the New Routemasters'



Routes 11 and 24 is reported to have the Lowest fuel consumption.
By Au Morandarte from Chiswick/Romford, London, England (So close, yet so far...Uploaded by Ultra7) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

TFL released a press statement on the 2nd October 2014 regarding Route 453 and it's conversion to the New Routemaster bus. What I find interesting is the fuel consumption figures that TFL have released.

Figures also released today show that the average fuel consumption of the New Routemasters in service is almost 50 per cent better than the buses that operated on the routes before them.
Fuel economy on the following routes has been measured and results have shown a significant increase in their average miles per gallon (MPG)

Thursday, 2 October 2014

80 year old London Bus route 137 is due to have New Routemaster Buses

By Chris Sampson (2375-JJD375C 060304 cps) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

London Bus Route 137 is due to have the New Routemaster buses by Mid to late November according to the London Omnibus Traction Society.

Brief History

The route was the first formed which started on the 3rd October 1934. It first operated between Archway Station and Elmers End Green, via Victoria. Then on the 1st of November 1964,

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Failed Route tests for New Routemaster conversion

Route 23 is the one affected
Computer generated image of New Routemaster, copyright belongs to TFL.

I recently found a Freedom of Information request referring to the London Bus routes which the New Routemaster failed their route test on. Eddie Cole submitted a request via the 'What Do They Know' website where you can see users submitting information requests to government bodies for information.

The 'What Do They Know' website user sent a Freedom of Information request to Transport for London on 11th September 2014.

Dear Transport for London,

Monday, 29 September 2014

New Routemaster conversion for Route 453 is delayed again!

"London General bus MAL117 (BP57 UJY) 2008 Mercedes-Benz Citaro, route 453, 10 June 2011" by Darren Hall Uploaded by Ultra7. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


LOTS (London Omnibus Traction Society) have reported that route 453 has missed two target dates, so the route conversion to New Routemasters will now commence on the 18th  of October 2014.
This is not the first time the route has experienced delays converting to a specific bus type. 

The first delay occurred on the 15th of February back in 2003

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Open boarding returns on Route 453 in form of New Routemasters

New Routemaster overtaking the Enviro400 for the 453

Route 453, which is an 11 year old London Bus Route will have an open boarding service for the first time in 3 years. The New Routemaster buses are due to have 3 doors and 2 staircases. The route runs from Deptford bridge DLR station in South London to Marylebone station via Westminster Bridge and Oxford Circus.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Hong Kong bus operators to use ADL Enviro500 (Tri-Axle) Hybrid

Alexander Dennis Enviro500 Tri-Axle Hybrid
Image from KMB's press release

Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB), Citybus and New World First Bus Services Limited (NWFB) are to use the Alexander Dennis Enviro500 (Tri-Axle) hybrids in Hong Kong for a comprehensive service trial. The buses are funded by the Environmental Protection Department in order to cut harmful emissions in the congested streets of Hong Kong.

Statement from KMB
“KMB is pleased to announce that Hong Kong’s first environment-friendly Euro VI engine hybrid double-deck bus “hBus” will arrive KMB in early September, and enter service in the fourth quarter this year. Funded by the Environmental Protection Department, the hBus is a 12-metre 3-axle air-conditioned double-deck with a diesel-electric “Hybrid Series” propulsion system,

Friday, 19 September 2014

Video: New Routemaster on Route 8

Yesterday I hopped on board the New Routemaster by Holborn, its running on Route 8 operated by Stagecoach London. This is one of the couple routes that operates fully in One Person Operation where the rear door operates as a normal door and stays shut between stops.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Video: Buses at Theobalds Road, Holborn

I captured buses at Theobalds Road where buses of many types passes by. Routes 8 and 38 uses New Routemasters which can be seen on the video.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Video: Buses at Romford 17-09-14

Today I filmed some buses at Romford today, walking through the station and past The Liberty car park. You can see I filmed various double deckers including route 66 which uses the DW's from Clapton Garage.


Monday, 15 September 2014

Contactless Bank card for Tube, DLR, Tram and rail begins on the 16th September


On the 16th September 2014, you will be able to use your contactless bank card to travel on the London Underground, Overground, Docklands Light Rail, Trams and National Rail services in London.

Contactless bank cards was first introduced on London buses from the 13th December 2012. Price caps for London Buses were introduced last month which allows passengers to ride for more then four buses at the cost of £4.40. Also passengers would benefit for a weekly cap which is equivalent to a weekly bus pass.

Since its going to be expanded on other TFL services it will cost the contactless bank card users no more then a daily Travelcard. If they use the system for a week then they will get a weekly price cap which is equivalent to a weekly Travelcard.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

RATP Dev acquires Arriva's The Original Tour London Sightseeing


RATP Dev just acquired one of Arriva's bus operations which is The Original Tour London Sightseeing.

The Original Tour Sightseeing London is one of the tour operators in Central London which operates 6 routes with local (cash) fares included in their services. All Tour bus services in Central London operates on a London Service Permit, therefore the services are not contracted by Transport for London.

The Original Tour was founded in by June 1951 by the London Transport Executive at the time of The Festival of Britain. In 1986 it was privatised, being sold to London Coaches / Blue Triangle. In December 1997 it was sold to Arriva. After 17 years, RATP Dev purchased The Original Tour.

RATP Dev Issued the statement from their website.
RATP Dev announces the acquisition of “The Original London Sightseeing Tour”, a pioneer and major operator in the sightseeing sector in London, thereby confirming expansion in this field and in the United Kingdom.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Comparing the New Double deck bus types

Below is a table that I have produced to compare the different bus types that the manufacturers provide.  The buses listed on the table are conventional buses except for the New Routemaster because it’s specifically designed.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Video of London Buses route 66 in Double Deck operation.

You may be interested that I have captured video of route 66 in action. It uses Wright Gemini 2 VDL DB300 where it was based from Clapton garage (CT). The bus is now currently in Grays (GY) for route 66 and briefly on route 370.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Cost of converting a route to the New Routemaster operation



In this article I will be concentrating on the cost of the New Routemaster which includes the cost of converting routes to the full New Routemaster operation.

You may already know that the New Routemaster was originally called 'New Bus for London', also abbreviated as NBfL/NB4L and colloquially as the 'Borisbus' or 'Borismaster', a portmanteau of the name of the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

BBC London Online Commuter game found on Archive.org

I remember playing the Commuter game on the BBC London site 10 years ago. This is one of my favourite online games that I remembered playing till it got taken down somewhere in 2008 (according to Archive.org.) But thankfully Archive.org has saved an archive of the game as well as the webpage so you can play the online game over again.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Route 66 conversion is now confirmed by Transport for London

This is a follow up to my previous article titled "Where's the double deckers for route 66?"

Transport for London has confirmed that the Route 66 will be using double deck buses. Likely to be used is the DW's from the cast off's of route 38 and 242. But the Peak vehicle requirement will be reduced from 14 back to 11 buses because London Buses added extra workings onto route 66 because of the capacity of the single deck buses. 

From their press release

From Saturday 30 August route 66 will convert from single to double deck buses.  
Route 66, which is operated by Arriva Kent Thameside, runs from Romford Station to Leytonstone via Romford Market, Chadwell Heath, Newbury Park Station, Gants Hill Station, Redbridge Station and Wanstead Station.  
On Saturday the route's 60 capacity single deck buses will be replaced by double deck buses that can carry 87 passengers.  
This improvement has been made by Transport for London (TfL) to ensure that all passengers throughout the route can benefit from higher capacity vehicles.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Docklands Light Railway for OpenBVE

The Docklands Light Railway system is an automated Light rail system which serves Docklands as well as East London. During the 1990's Docklands Light Rail became automated, there is no driver but there is a Passenger Service Agent on board which takes care of passengers. In case the train fails, the PSA is able to take control of the train at the drivers console in the front of the train.

On the Video I be driving a B92 stock manufactured by Bombardier. The stations served on the videos as as follows.

Bank
Shadwell
Limehouse
Westferry
West India Quay
Canary Whalf
Heron Quays
South Quay
Crossharbour
Mudchute
Island Gardens
Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich
Greenwich

Light Rail systems in London (DLR and Trams)

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Where’s the double deckers for route 66?

Route maps of route 66
Screenshot from Traveline

Route 66 is a London Buses route that uses the A12 Eastern Avenue road which links from Leytonstone to Romford Station. The route goes parallel to the Central Line stations between Leytonstone to Newbury Park, then it goes towards Romford station.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Video: Ride via the rural roads to Lakeside (on Route 370)

On the Wednesday 16th July, I have embarked on the journey to Lakeside to see the non TFL bus services at the Bus Station. I have video recorded routes 370 and 372 respectively to show the rural countryside of Essex. 

Thursday, 10 July 2014

End of the line for AEC Routemaster's on Route 9

New Routemaster and AEC Routemaster on route 9

Route 9 has been called "London's oldest existing bus route" and the origins of the route can be traced back as far as 1856. The route was first introduced on the 1st November 1908 and was operated by the London General Omnibus Company. In 1933, London Transport gained control of the route as well as other bus routes in London.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Go Ahead Blue Triangle Optare Olympus Scania N230UD

I have captured the two Scania N230UD Optare Olympus buses which used to be for the Metroline when it operated routes 54 and 75. So when the routes got passed to Stagecoach Selkent the 33 Scania Optare Olympus buses got transferred to Go Ahead which replaces the WVL's and PVL's at Blue Triangle Garage in Rainham.

So here is the videos...

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Central Line 1992 Stock from Stratford to Bethnal Green (Video)

I have dug up this video from my old phone where I have captured the journey on the 1992 Stock Central Line train going from Stratford to Bethnal Green.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Video: Stagecoach London ALX400 Dennis Trident 17764 route 175

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Alexander Dennis Trident ALX400
17764 LX03BUW
London Buses Route 175
Bus Operated by Stagecoach East London for London Buses
Garage operated from North Street (NS)
Video taken on 4th June 2014
© CLondoner92

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Northern Line for OpenBVE Edgware to Morden via Bank


Northern Line for OpenBVE is one of the longest London Underground routes for the OpenBVE software. The Northern Line for OpenBVE which have three routes. One is Edgware to Morden via Bank, Edgware to Kennington via Charing Cross and Kennington to High Barnet via Charing Cross.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Stagecoach East London Alexander Dennis Enviro400 19719 LX11AZB


Stagecoach East London Alexander Dennis... by clondoner92
Link to video (YouTube)

Alexander Dennis Enviro400
19719 LX11AZB
London Buses Route 174
Bus Operated by Stagecoach East London for London Buses
Garage operated from Rainham (RM)
Video taken on 15th May 2014
© CLondoner92

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Transport systems that use smartcard in Britain and Ireland

Logos for various smartcard transport systems.
Logos belong to their respective trademarks

Smartcard is a system where you can top up on pay as you go smartcard or have season tickets like weekly, monthly or yearly for use on the transport system.
Various cities around the world which have a smartcard system to travel by bus or train services, so you can use it for pre pay so you don’t have to fiddle with the change where you travel.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Website Review: Oyster Calculator

Screenshot of website

If you’re new to Oyster® and London and you’re not sure how the Oyster system works for using Tube or rail system

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Video: Stagecoach East London Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10163 EU62ADZ

Link to Video on Dailymotion
Link to video on YouTube
Video taken from the pen camera.

Alexander Dennis Enviro400
10163 EU62ADZ
London Buses Route 496
Bus Operated by Stagecoach East London for London Buses
Garage operated from North Street (NS)
Video taken on 1st May 2014
© CLondoner92

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Commuting by train or driving and parking into Central London?

Driving into London can take longer and expensive as you have to tackle your way through the traffic jam, pay the Congestion charge and pay a fortune for parking. If your going into Central London for the purpose of attending appointments, Job interview, tourism…etc

The fuel would cost you between £5.00 or £15.00 (Source Google Maps) to drive inside the M25 motorway and into Central London, depending where you travel from.

Monday, 28 April 2014

Revisited: bus observations at Bridge Road, Rainham


Well I have been filming buses at the Bridge Road earlier today by the roundabout. But I seen Go Ahead Blue Triangle buses which is near the Stagecoach's RM garage. But shamefully my SD card on the smartphone corrupted the footage I made. But overall here is the video which I uploaded what the SD card got available to me.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Website Review: London Bus Routes

Screenshot of the Front page of London Bus Routes website
London Bus Routes is a website that features timetables for bus routes that serves in London.  Here you can find a timetable for your local bus route in London. The website pages were originally designed for Microsoft Internet Explorer, but it gives a retro feel that your visiting a website with less graphics due to slow dial up technology over a decade ago. Another positive thought that the pages on this website load lot quicker under a broadband connection. This website is maintained by Robert Munster in which he works as a bus schedulecompiler for one of the major London Bus operators. His website is not affiliated to Transport for London or any of the bus operators.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Go Ahead London Enviro400 on route 498


Link to video on Dailymotion
Link to video on YouTube


I haven't posted an article about this video so I apologise.
Route 498 goes from Romford Queens Hospital to Brentwood.

The route contract novated from First London on 22/06/2013.
The route have a PVR of 6 buses and it operated by Go Ahead Blue Triangle from Rainham (BE) garage. The route usually have bus types of Alexander Dennis Enviro400 leased from First Group, Volvo B7TL Plaxton President from Northumberland Park Garage which used to be part of First Group and Go Ahead Wrightbus Gemini Volvo B7TL.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Tour Buses or London Transport Buses for sightseeing?

Well if you’re travelling to London for a short stay or a day trip, you would encourage yourself to ride on the double decker buses to see the sights of Central London.  But I help you on comparing the differences between the open top tour buses and normal commuting London Buses.

Prices on sightseeing tour buses and London Buses
Oyster Card
Creative Commons Image

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Website Review: Live Tube Map


This is the continuation from the LiveLondon Bus Map which the developer Matthew Somerville made.
Before he made the bus map, he created a Live Tube Map which shows the London Underground trains

Monday, 7 April 2014

Site Review: Live London Bus Map

Live London Bus Map
Live London Bus Map shows the London Bus routes onto an interactive map. It is developed by Matthew Somerville who developed the Live Tube Map in which he originally created.  It uses Open Street Map

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Jubilee Line Extension for OpenBVE


The Jubilee Line extension opened in stages from the summer to Christmas in year 1999. The Jubilee Line Extension started the extension from Green Park to Stratford via South London. The Underground station platforms

Website review: London Vehicle Finder

London Vehicle Finder tracks the buses that are currently running on the London Bus routes.  When you enter a route number, the website gives you a list of buses currently operating on route 11

Friday, 4 April 2014

Monday, 31 March 2014

Jubilee Line for OpenBVE


This portion of the line used to be part of the Bakerloo Line before the Jubilee Line opened in 1979.
You can download this route for OpenBVE on this link

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Hammersmith & City Line for OpenBVE


The London Underground's Hammersmith and City Line is one of the Sub Surface lines on the Tube Network. It used to be operated with the C Stock but it's now operated by S7 Stock. 

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Full journey on Circle Line on World Of Subways Volume 3


Full journey from Hammersmith to Edgware Road via Liverpool Street and Victoria.
Train used C69/C77 sub surface Stock as only default drive-able train on the game.

Stations served
Hammersmith
Goldhawk Road
Shepherd's Bush Market
Wood Lane
Latimer Road
Ladbroke Grove
Westbourne Park
Royal Oak
Paddington
Edgware Road
Baker Street
Great Portland Street
Euston Square
King's Cross St Pancras
Farringdon
Barbican
Moorgate
Liverpool Street
Aldgate
Tower Hill
Monument
Cannon Street
Mansion House
Blackfriars
Temple
Embankment
Westminster
St James's Park
Victoria
Sloane Square
South Kensington
Gloucester Road
High Street Kensington
Notting Hill Gate
Bayswater
Paddington
Edgware Road

Game: World of Subways volume 3 London Underground
Developer: TML-Studios
Publisher: Aerosoft
Engine: Vision Engine
Platform: Windows
Release date: May 25, 2011
Genre: Subway simulation

DISCLAIMER: The elements of the game goes to TML-Studios and Aerosoft while the trademarks like the London Underground Roundel goes to Transport for London.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Arriva Kent Thameside ALX400 Volvo B7TL on route 256

Link to video on Dailymotion
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From Hornchurch St Georges Hospital to Noak Hill

Volvo B7TL ALX400
6110 LJ05BLX
London Buses route 256
Bus operated by Arriva Southern Counties for London Buses.
Video taken on 7th February 2013
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Monday, 27 January 2014

Arriva Kent Thameside ALX400 Volvo B7TL on route 256

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From Hornchurch St Georges Hospital to Noak Hill

Volvo B7TL ALX400
6112 LJ05BMO
London Buses route 256
Bus operated by Arriva Southern Counties for London Buses. 
Video taken on 13th May 2013
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Special Service on route 256 operated by Stagecoach


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Before Stagecoach took fully took the 256 from Arriva.
TFL gave contract to Stagecoach to operate double deck school journeys in the morning.
Noak Hill to Hornchurch St Georges Hospital

Alexander Dennis ALX400
17773 LX03BVJ
London Buses route 256
Bus operated by Stagecoach London for London Buses.
Video taken on 15th April 2013
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