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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 8:25 pm    Post subject: London News 9/27/03 Reply with quote

From the London group ( no mention of havoc caused by the MBS convention, LOL )

BUS NEWS - Week 28/09/13

Members are reminded that this info is published in good faith and from available information. Last minute changes sometimes occur, especially when external factors have an influence.


First London
This weekend sees the closure of Dagenham Garage [DM] after the run-in on Friday 27th September, which marks the end of TfL contracted bus operations by First Group. All remaining bus services are transferred to Stagecoach East London from Saturday 28th September.


Updated Information

[London General]
The introduction of the New Bus for London on route 11, was “phased” into service as expected from 21st September, but more than for any other reason, because only 18 of the complete batch of 28 buses required for this route had been delivered prior to the start date. This represents a delivery rate of about 3 buses every 2 weeks since the final delivery for Metroline’s route 24 was made, even allowing for the two week holiday shutdown and at around half the delivery rate of the 32 delivered for Metroline. The first four for route 11 were delivered to Stockwell Garage in early August, with the delivery of the other 14 concentrated into a period of about a week prior to the start date. Since then, a further 8 have been released from Wrightbus, now leaving just LT65 & LT68 outstanding.

The first bus in service was an un-announced surprise short journey from Liverpool Street to Victoria on Friday 20th September using LT59 and departing according to Countdown at 18:23. Seven buses were in service on the first full day of the service on Saturday, rising to 13 on Tuesday and 15 on Friday, with the buses individually swapping in and out of service day by day. Surprisingly, none of the first four to be delivered (LT41, LT54, LT56 & LT57) have been in service yet. Initially, there were reports of the first four being unreliable and these reports now seem to have some substance, with the non-appearance of these buses on route 11. Some of the other buses in this batch have also suffered failures, including LT50 deploying the ramp whilst in motion on delivery, necessitating a diversion to a transport yard in Birmingham. The most serious incident was with LT62, which was involved in a multiple vehicle accident whilst in service on day-2 on Sunday 22nd September.

A check of some of the body numbers and chassis numbers reveals a random mixture of body numbers and chassis numbers, unlike the streamlined sequence of pairings in line with the fleet numbers for the complete batch delivered to Metroline for route 24. Some of the bodies and chassis in this batch are even from the batch due for London United. All observed registration details so far, show that these buses were registered in August, with the tax disc expiry set at 31/07/14, thus rendering these buses as being in the ‘13’ plate series rather than most being in the ‘63’ plate series. Full details of body numbers and chassis numbers will be published as soon as observations can fill in the many remaining gaps.

To accommodate the new buses, some changes to arrangements at Liverpool Street Bus Station have had to be made, with buses on route 11 now standing on the erstwhile departure Stand-D. Departing buses now board passengers at Stand-C, together with route 23, with both routes moving from the two-bus Stand-B to the one bus Stand-C. This now results in buses blocking the exit for other routes and at times blocking the entry too, thus causing congestion and safety issues, as two buses on routes 11 & 23 cannot both align with the kerb at Stand‑C at the same time, whilst the two bus Stand-B now remains empty. The Countdown system for bus departures now shows buses on route 11 departing from Stand-B (77688), whilst route 23 is shown departing from Stand-C (72810). None of the new departure stand arrangements are logical and questions the thought process for the changes, as it would be better logistically for route 23 to depart from Stand-B, allowing route 11 buses to draw forward from Stand-D to pick up from Stand-C. Alternatively, if it is desired that the two routes should still depart from the same stand, then both routes should be moved to the larger departure Stand-B, to avoid congestion and allow provision for kerbside access if two buses on routes 11 & 23 board passengers at the same time.

The chronology of the phased introduction of the new buses for the first week in service is:
20/09/13 - Inaugural single trip - LT59[NEW] - 18:23 Liverpool Street to Victoria.
21/09/13 - LT42[NEW], LT43[NEW], LT46[NEW], LT55[NEW], LT58[NEW], LT59 & LT62[NEW].
22/09/13 - LT42, LT43, LT46, LT55, LT58, LT59 & (LT62 accident).
23/09/13 - LT42, LT43, LT46, LT48[NEW], LT55, LT58[NEW] & LT59.
24/09/13 - LT42, LT43, LT44[NEW], LT46, LT47[NEW], LT48, LT49[NEW], LT55, LT58, LT59 LT60[NEW], LT61[NEW] & LT63[NEW].
25/09/13 - LT42, LT43, LT44, LT46, LT47, LT48, LT49, LT59 LT60, LT61 & LT63.
26/09/13 - LT42, LT43, LT44, LT46, LT47, LT48, LT49, LT53[NEW], LT59, LT61, LT63 & LT66[NEW].
27/09/13 - LT42, LT43, LT44, LT46, LT47, LT48, LT49, LT51[NEW], LT52[NEW], LT53, LT59, LT60, LT61, LT63 & LT66.

LT41 - LTZ1041 - delivered in early August, but has not been in service.
LT42 - LTZ1042 - in service on route 11 since 21/09/13.
LT43 - LTZ1043 - in service on route 11 since 21/09/13.
LT44 - LTZ1044 - in service on route 11 since 24/09/13.
LT45 - LTZ1045 - delivered this week.
LT46 - LTZ1046 - in service on route 11 since 21/09/13.
LT47 - LTZ1047 - in service on route 11 since 24/09/13.
LT48 - LTZ1048 - in service on route 11 since 23/09/13.
LT49 - LTZ1049 - in service on route 11 since 24/09/13.
LT50 - LTZ1050 - released from Wrightbus this week but failed on delivery.
LT51 - LTZ1051 - delivered this week and in service on route 11 since 27/09/13..
LT52 - LTZ1052 - delivered this week and in service on route 11 since 27/09/13..
LT53 - LTZ1053 - delivered this week and in service on route 11 since 26/09/13.
LT54 - LTZ1054 - delivered in early August, but has not been in service.
LT55 - LTZ1055 - in service on route 11 since 21/09/13.
LT56 - LTZ1056 - delivered in early August, but has not been in service.
LT57 - LTZ1057 - delivered in early August, but has not been in service.
LT58 - LTZ1058 - in service on route 11 since 21/09/13.
LT59 - LTZ1059 - first one in service in the evening peak on 20/09/13
LT60 - LTZ1060 - in service on route 11 since 24/09/13.
LT61 - LTZ1061 - in service on route 11 since 24/09/13.
LT62 - LTZ1062 - in service on route 11 since 21/09/13 (accident 22/9).
LT63 - LTZ1063 - in service on route 11 since 24/09/13.
LT64 - LTZ1064 - delivered this week.
LT65 - LTZ1065
LT66 - LTZ1066 - delivered this week and in service on route 11 since 26/09/13.
LT67 - LTZ1067 - delivered this week.
LT68 - LTZ1068


[Metroline]
LT10, LT11, LT12 & LT16 are finally being re-registered from their ‘LK13’ plates to their ‘LTZ’ plates, which will be LTZ1010, LTZ1011, LTZ1012 & LTZ1016 respectively. Observations so far have confirmed LT10 & LT12 to be carrying their new registrations.


TfL Area Publications

A slimline multi-fold leaflet, “Central Line - Weekend closures between Bethnal Green, Loughton and Hainault loop stations”.

A slimline card in black, with a question mark on one side and the other side asking the question, “What’s Next? Six new ideas for the Fourth Plinth”.

A slimline multi-fold leaflet, “Art on the Underground - Transporter”.


Service Changes - 28/09/13
(excluding diversions for roadworks)

Route 165 [Stagecoach East London - RM] - Contract awarded to Stagecoach London (from First) with 12 new B31D Alexander Dennis 10.8m E20D Enviro200 single deckers (U.W. 7782kgs) from Rainham Garage [RM]. New timetable to improve reliability and incorporating withdrawal of double deck schoolday journey. Many of the new buses have already been tested out in service. The list of new buses below includes those for route 256.

36556 - LX13CYY - body no. D219/1, chassis no. SFD7H7AR6DGY33730 - in service since 26/09/13.
36557 - LX13CYZ - body no. D219/2, chassis no. SFD7H7AR6DGY33731 - in service since 26/09/13.
36558 - LX13CZA - body no. D219/3, chassis no. SFD7H7AR6DGY33732 - in service since 24/09/13.
36559 - LX13CZB - body no. D219/4, chassis no. SFD7H7AR6DGY33733 - in service since 25/09/13.
36560 - LX13CZC - body no. D219/5, chassis no. SFD7H7AR6DGY33734
36561 - LX13CZD - body no. D219/6, chassis no. SFD7H7AR6DGY33735
36562 - LX13CZE - body no. D219/7, chassis no. SFD7H7AR6DGY33736
36563 - LX13CZF - body no. D219/8, chassis no. SFD7H7AR6DGY33737 - in service since 21/09/13.
36564 - LX13CZG - body no. D219/9, chassis no. SFD7H7AR6DGY33738 - in service since 25/09/13.
36565 - LX13CZH - body no. D219/10, chassis no. SFD7H7AR6DGY33739 - in service since 20/09/13.
36566 - LX13CZJ - body no. D219/11, chassis no. SFD7H7AR6DGY33740 - in service since 26/09/13.
36567 - LX13CZK - body no. D219/12, chassis no. SFD7H7AR6DGY33741
36568 - LX13CZL - body no. D219/13, chassis no. SFD7H7AR6DGY33742 - in service since 17/09/13.
36569 - LX13CZM - body no. D219/14, chassis no. SFD7H7AR6DGY33743 - in service since 21/09/13.
36570 - LX13CZN - body no. D219/15, chassis no. SFD7H7AR6DGY33744 - in service since 23/09/13.
36571 - LX13CZO - body no. D219/16, chassis no. SFD7H7AR6DGY33745 - in service since 24/09/13.
36572 - LX13CZP - body no. D219/17, chassis no. SFD7H7AR6DGY33746
36573 - LX13CZR - body no. D219/18, chassis no. SFD7H7AR6DGY33747 - in service since 19/09/13.
36574 - LX13CZS - body no. D219/19, chassis no. SFD7H7AR6DGY33748 - in service since 20/09/13.
36575 - LX13CZT - body no. D219/20, chassis no. SFD7H7AR6DGY33749 - in service since 24/09/13.
36576 - LX13CZU - body no. D219/21, chassis no. SFD7H7AR6DGY33750 - in service since 17/09/13.
36577 - LX13CZV - body no. D219/22, chassis no. SFD7H7AR6DGY33751
36578 - LX13CZW - body no. D219/23, chassis no. SFD7H7AR6DGY33752 - in service since 25/09/13.
36579 - LX13CZY - body no. D219/24, chassis no. SFD7H7AR6DGY33753
36580 - LX13CZZ - body no. D219/25, chassis no. SFD7H7AR6DGY33754 - in service since 19/09/13.

Route 179 [Stagecoach East London - T] - Contract awarded to Stagecoach London (from First) with 11 new 10.2m H41/24D Alexander Dennis E40D Enviro400 double deckers (UW 11625kgs) operated from Leyton Garage [T]. New timetable. All of the new buses have already been tested out in service.

10172 - SN63JVX - body no. D414/9, chassis no. SFD1DTBRFDGXB7454 - in service since 18/09/13.
10173 - SN63JVY - body no. D414/10, chassis no. SFD1DTBRFDGXB7465 - in service since 23/09/13.
10174 - SN63JVZ - body no. D414/11, chassis no. SFD1DTBRFDGXB7445 - in service since 18/09/13.
10175 - SN63JWA - body no. D414/12, chassis no. SFD1DTBRFDGXB7451 - in service since 20/09/13.
10176 - SN63JWC - body no. D414/13, chassis no. SFD1DTBRFDGXB7448 - in service since 19/09/13.
10177 - SN63JWD - body no. D414/14, chassis no. SFD1DTBRFDGXB7449 - in service since 18/09/13.
10178 - SN63JWE - body no. D414/15, chassis no. SFD1DTBRFDGXB7457 - in service since 23/09/13.
10179 - SN63JWF - body no. D414/16, chassis no. SFD1DTBRFDGXB7463 - in service since 2309/13.
10180 - SN63JWG - body no. D414/17, chassis no. SFD1DTBRFDGXB7456 - in service since 16/09/13.
10181 - SN63JWJ - body no. D414/18, chassis no. SFD1DTBRFDGXB7452 - in service since 16/09/13.
10182 - SN63JWK - body no. D414/19, chassis no. SFD1DTBRFDGXB7453 - in service since 2609/13.
10183 - SN63JWL - body no. D414/20, chassis no. SFD1DTBRFDGXB7450 - in service since 20/09/13.

Route 215 [Stagecoach East London - T] - Seasonal extension to Lee Valley Campside finishes.

Route 252 [Stagecoach East London - RM] - Contract awarded to Stagecoach London (from First) with 12 double deckers - seven new 10.2m H41/24D Alexander Dennis E40D Enviro400 double deckers (UW 11625kgs) and the remainder are refurbished existing fleet Scania double deck buses from route 106, all now operated from Rainham Garage [RM]. New timetable. All of the new buses have already been tested out in service.

10165 - SN63JVO - body no. D414/2, chassis no. SFD1DTBRFDGXB7447 - in service since 20/09/13.
10166 - SN63JVP - body no. D414/3, chassis no. SFD1DTBRFDGXB7435 - in service since 20/09/13.
10167 - SN63JVR - body no. D414/4, chassis no. SFD1DTBRFDGXB7436 - in service since 19/09/13.
10168 - SN63JVT - body no. D414/5, chassis no. SFD1DTBRFDGXB7437 - in service since 18/09/13.
10169 - SN63JVU - body no. D414/6, chassis no. SFD1DTBRFDGXB7438 - in service since 18/09/13.
10170 - SN63JVV - body no. D414/7, chassis no. SFD1DTBRFDGXB7442 - in service since 18/09/13.
10171 - SN63JVW - body no. D414/8, chassis no. SFD1DTBRFDGXB7443 - in service since 19/09/13.

Route 256 [Stagecoach East London - RM] - Contract awarded to Stagecoach London (from First) with 10 new B31D Alexander Dennis 10.8m E20D Enviro200 single deckers (U.W. 7782kgs), plus a double decker from route 252, all from Rainham Garage [RM]. New timetable. Many of the new buses have already been tested out in service. The new buses are listed with route 165.

Route 365 [Stagecoach East London - RM & NS] - Contract awarded to Stagecoach London (from First) with 11 refurbished existing fleet Scania double deckers from route 106 and operated from Rainham Garage [RM], with the night service from Romford Garage [NS]. Set down and pick up point at Mardyke Estate moved to the New Road end of Lower Mardyke Avenue. New timetable.

Route 404 [Quality Line - EB] - Contract retained by Quality Line with 1 new 8.9m Solo SR single decker. New timetable to improve punctuality.


New Diversions - 22/09/13

Route 159 [Arriva - BN] - Owing to road works in Eastbourne Terrace, temporarily diverted in both directions via Edgware Road and Harrow Road, not serving Paddington Station. Scheduled to commence on 22 September 13 (05:00) until 3 November 13 (05:00).

New Diversions - 30/09/13
(Please note that schedules for roadworks can change without notice)

Route 15 [Stagecoach East London - BW & BK] - Owing to road works in Cannon Street, temporarily diverted eastbound via Queen Victoria Street and King William Street. Scheduled to commence on 30 September 13 (06:00) until 11 October 13 (18:00).

Route 17 [Metroline - HT] - Owing to road works in Cannon Street, temporarily diverted eastbound via Queen Victoria Street and King William Street. Scheduled to commence on 30 September 13 (06:00) until 11 October 13 (18:00).

Route 521 [London General - RA] - Owing to road works in Cannon Street, temporarily diverted eastbound via Queen Victoria Street and King William Street. Scheduled to commence on 30 September 13 (06:00) until 11 October 13 (18:00).

Route N15 [Stagecoach East London - BW & BK] - Owing to road works in Cannon Street, temporarily diverted eastbound via Queen Victoria Street and King William Street. Scheduled to commence on 30 September 13 (06:00) until 11 October 13 (18:00).

Route N47 [Stagecoach Selkent - TL] - Owing to road works in Cannon Street, temporarily diverted eastbound via Queen Victoria Street and King William Street. Scheduled to commence on 30 September 13 (06:00) until 11 October 13 (18:00).


New Buses

[Arriva London] - The eight VDL DB300 Wrightbus Gemini double deckers ordered as a top-up, have all been delivered for use on routes from Tottenham Garage [AR].

DW579 - LT63UKA
DW580 - LT63UKB
DW581 - LT63UKC
DW582 - LT63UKD
DW583 - LT63UKE
DW584 - LT63UKF
DW585 - LT63UKG
DW586 - LT63UKH


[Arriva the Shires] - Five new Volvo B7RLE Wrightbus single deckers have been delivered this week for use on the Luton to Dunstable Busway.

3962 - LT63UNF
3963 - LT63UNG
3964 - LT63UNH
3965 - LT63UNJ
3966 - LT63UNK

[Arriva the Shires] - Eight new Volvo B7RLE Wrightbus single deckers have started to be delivered for use on route 2 at Hemel Hempstead.

3967 - LT63UNL
3968 - LT63UNM
3969 - LT63UNN
3970 - LT63UNP
3971 - LT63UNR
3972 - LT63UNS
3973 - LT63UNU
3974 - LT63UNV


[First Berkshire] - Eleven new 10.8m B39F E20D Enviro 200 single deckers (UW. 7535kgs) have started to be delivered for use on routes 6, 6A, 7 & 58 at Slough Garage [SH]. They will replace the Marshall bodied Darts. Most of the registrations are still subject to confirmation.

44560 - YX63LKV - body no. D233/1 - delivered to SH
44561 - YX63LKY - body no. D233/2 - delivered to SH
44562 - YX63LKZ - body no. D233/3
44563 - YX63___ - body no. D233/4
44564 - YX63___ - body no. D233/5
44565 - YX63___ - body no. D233/6
44566 - YX63___ - body no. D233/7
44567 - YX63___ - body no. D233/8
44568 - YX63___ - body no. D233/9
44569 - YX63___ - body no. D233/10
44570 - YX63___ - body no. D233/11


[Stagecoach Selkent] - The next batch to be delivered are for thirteen new 10.2m H41/24D Alexander Dennis E40D Enviro400 double deckers (10184-10195), for the new contract on route 261 at Bromley Garage [TB] (gained from Metrobus), commencing on 30/11/13, plus one top-up for route 51 (10196) at Plumstead Garage [PD].

10184 - SN63NBD - body no. D417/1, chassis no. SFD1DTBRFDGXB7474
10185 - SN63NBE - body no. D417/2
10186 - SN63NBF - body no. D417/3
10187 - SN63NBG - body no. D417/4
10188 - SN63NBJ - body no. D417/5
10189 - SN63NBK - body no. D417/6
10190 - SN63NBL - body no. D417/7
10191 - SN63NBM - body no. D417/8
10192 - SN63NBO - body no. D417/9
10193 - SN63NBX - body no. D417/10
10194 - SN63NBY - body no. D417/11
10195 - SN63NBZ - body no. D417/12
10196 - SN63NCA - body no. D417/13


[Tower Transit] - The last remaining B34D Wrightbus hydrogen hybrid single decker of the batch for route RV1 was delivered on a low loader this week to Lea Interchange Garage [LI]. Details of the registration number (when it is registered) are awaited.

WSH62997


Source details from:
Bus News reporting team
LOTS
www.londonbusroutes.net

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