Back in February 2015, I published an article about fare rises on various public transport services around the world.
Tuesday, 27 December 2016
Sunday, 25 December 2016
Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Monday, 19 December 2016
This is going to be a compilation of recent articles that I’ve selected from various sources about Transport in Britain - a mixture of good and bad news.
First off, Sheffield opens up their own Bus Rapid Transit scheme:
Friday, 16 December 2016
|Double deck electric bus manufactured by BYD|
I have a short news update for you on the London Buses tender awards.
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
As the board papers are out for the final board meeting of this year, I will show you some of the extracts from the selected board papers.
You can view the papers from the board meeting here.
Taking a look at the commissioner’s report.
Tuesday, 13 December 2016
The rollout of the three-door two-staircase hybrid buses called New Routemasters continues. However, route 21’s conversion is slow, but according to London Vehicle Finder there is usually one New Routemaster in service. Route 21 is operated from New Cross (NX) garage and is contracted to Go Ahead London.
The past week has been one of the slowest for some months for new buses into service In London, still with several of Go-Ahead’s MHVs, WHVs and EHs plus Metroline’s VWHs parked up. However, two months after the contract date, just two LTs have now entered service on Go-Ahead route 21.
Keep an eye on route 21 at the London Vehicle Finder website to see when a New Routemaster enters service, the fleet code starts with ‘LT’.
Sunday, 11 December 2016
Back in August 2015, I published an article about Go Ahead purchasing BYD eBuses with the Enviro200 MMC bodywork. I also wrote another one back in September 2016 when they were officially launched on the Red Arrow routes – they entered service though back in late August 2016.
The long wait is finally over, and I finally get to ride that lovely new electric bus with its very futuristic style Enviro200 MMC bodywork.
Saturday, 10 December 2016
Not many commuters and tourists are aware that the vintage ‘AEC Routemasters’ are still operating on route 15 between Charing Cross and Tower Hill/Tower of London.
Tuesday, 6 December 2016
Looking at the recent news reports, it looks like the up-and-coming franchises will integrate rail infrastructure with the train companies; in short, privatising Network Rail.
This is an update to my original article titled ‘The Oddities of London Buses’. I decided to catalogue the events in separate articles.
I’ll use the sources below to show you the trouble with Route 60 after Capital Logistics won the contract back in 1998.
Sunday, 4 December 2016
|New classic Enviro200 with 'New Routemaster' style interior from Enviro400H City|
A quick news update – here are the new London Bus tender awards:
Friday, 2 December 2016
Firstly, I should say that I’m not as much of a railway enthusiast as I am with buses, but I do want to express my view on this proposal by TFL.
Thursday, 1 December 2016
This news is hot off the wire from yesterday!!!
London’s City Hall was the venue for the launch today (30 November 2016) of the new Wrightbus – zero-emission double deck bus. The zero-emission vehicle debuts a new hydrogen fuel cell driveline from Wrightbus which will rapidly become available to power both single deck and double deck buses as it becomes fully production ready next year.
The new technology from the Northern Ireland company provides a zero-emission drive system which encompasses a hydrogen fuel cell and a battery pack to power the vehicle. The combination of these two technologies makes the continuous daily operation of the public transport vehicle feasible.
Monday, 28 November 2016
|The Enviro400H City design is based from the New Routemaster bus.|
On 1st October I published an article showing that routes 133 and 333 will be having futuristic style Enviro400H City buses.
Saturday, 26 November 2016
Massive new proposals for London Bus Routes 3, 6, 8, 15, 22, 23, 25, 46, 73, 137, 172, 242, 332, 390, 425, 452, C2, N2, N3, N8, N15, N22 and N73.
Routes 3, 8, 15, 73, 137 and 390 use the three-door and two-staircase hybrid buses known as New Routemasters.
From TfL Press release
TfL has today launched a consultation on proposed changes to 23 central London bus routes to better match bus services with demand from passengers.
Friday, 25 November 2016
Some good news has just arrived on my desk - fares for London Transport services have been frozen for four years!
Thursday, 24 November 2016
Looking at TfL’s website - they don’t feature timetables for National Rail services, only timetables for their own services such as London Buses, London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, Tramlink, London Overground and TFL Rail.
TfL do have a map though which shows the railway services in London as they are part of the Oyster Pay-As-You-Go fare system. TFL also provide “National Rail journeys,” on their Journey Planner.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016
This is a quick follow up to my previous article titled ‘November 2016 - New Buses for London Buses’
The new TFL tender awards show that two bus routes will have Euro VI Hybrid double-decks.
Monday, 21 November 2016
Since I haven’t published any news updates for a few days, I’ve decided to use the list from the London Bus Routes Service Changes page to show you the up-and-coming routes with new buses.
Friday, 11 November 2016
|Route 254 map|
Sorry for the late news update - LOTS have reported from the TFL tender awards that route 254 will be the next to convert to the three-door two-staircase hybrid buses called ‘New Routemasters.’
Monday, 7 November 2016
The board papers for the 8th November TFL board meeting are out so below I will show you some parts from those board papers.
First a quick look at the Commissioners report.
Sunday, 6 November 2016
ULTra (Urban Rapid Transit) is a Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system for Heathrow Airport.
The pod-car system was developed by a British engineering company called Ultra Global PRT. The pod-cars use four car batteries as they don’t have any engines; they use 50% less energy than a bus does, are driverless, computer driven and are guided by lasers on an open guideway; they also charge automatically at the charging points and instead of rails, they use rubber tyres.
Saturday, 5 November 2016
First we saw the Alexander Dennis Enviro400H MMC Virtual Electric for route 69 launched at the Bus Expo, then the BYD double deck electric bus for route 98 - followed by the Volvo B5LHC with Wright SRM (2 door New Routemaster) body, and now Optare has unveiled the Metrodecker EV!
Optare celebrated the launch of the Metrodecker EV prototype at an unveiling ceremony at Euro Bus Expo 2016 at the NEC in Birmingham. The Metrodecker EV will go into service in central London with Go-Ahead London in early 2017 to prove the concept and provide operational feedback to aid further development. The 10.5m, lightweight, fully electric, double deck has a passenger capacity of 96 and a forecast range of between 105 and 145 miles on a single charge. Optare is working on further developments to the vehicle which will increase the range in production vehicles to over 150 miles.
Thursday, 3 November 2016
At last, Volvo has unveiled the B5LHC Double-Deck Electric Hybrid chassis at the Euro Bus Expo show in Birmingham.
Tuesday, 1 November 2016
Monday, 31 October 2016
Arriva Merseyside to purchase 12 electric buses; Reading Buses to trial dual-door buses and three-door two-staircase Enviro500 MMC
Britain is to see another increase in the number of electric buses!
The partnership of Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BYD, which is well advanced on the delivery of 51 12m single decker’s to Go-Ahead London, has won its first order outside the capital. Arriva North West, the Merseyside operator, has ordered 12 of the BYD ADL Enviro200 EV model 12m buses for service on the City Centre Circular Routes 26 and 27, known as The Belt.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Transport Act 1985. In this article I will give you bit of history on how it all started and then progressed.
In short, deregulation means the government gives more powers to private bus companies to set up their own bus routes and fares - and compete against other bus companies for profits.
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
First off, Transdev Blazefield in Harrogate have ordered eight Volvo electric 7900e buses expecting to be delivered in the first quarter of 2018.
Saturday, 22 October 2016
The Hopper Fare was launched on 12th September 2016 and has enjoyed great success with more than 10 million journeys being made so far. TFL and the London Mayor’s office have now unveiled their top 20 ‘hopper’ fare routes.
Outside of London, Stagecoach Buses have launched contactless bank cards on their Oxfordshire services.
Monday, 17 October 2016
I have lots of bus news for you today from around Britain and Ireland and have selected various articles from the Web which I’ll re-print here and comment on, so let’s begin.
First up, we have the news that Stagecoach East Scotland has ordered the Volvo B5LH with Enviro400 MMC bodywork for their routes 20 and 21.
From Bus and Coach
Stagecoach has ordered seven Volvo/ADL hybrid double-decks for its Dundee and Angus bus fleet with delivery due next spring.
The new buses will be introduced to routes 20 and 21, which run between Brechin, Forfar, Kirriemuir and Dundee providing regular journeys for commuters, students and shoppers into the city as well as providing vital local links to Stracathro Hospital.
Saturday, 15 October 2016
Monday, 10 October 2016
I have some big news about the bus scene in England and will start off with the news extract regarding the anniversary of East Yorkshire Motorbus Service (EYMS).
Friday, 7 October 2016
Monday, 3 October 2016
On the morning of October 2nd 2016, an Alexander Dennis Enviro400H City (CT Plus 2510, SN16OHZ) on Route 26 suffered serious fire damage outside London’s Liverpool Street railway station.
I have saved various news articles into Archive.is that mistake the Enviro400H City to be a 3 door 2 staircase New Routemaster.
Sunday, 2 October 2016
There’s going to be big changes to routes 11/N11, 23 100, 133/N133, 153, 214 and 388 which serves the City of London, also known as the Square Mile.
Saturday, 1 October 2016
London Buses Route 333 will be fully converted to the Alexander Dennis Enviro400H City buses and Route 133 will be partly served with the Enviro400H City buses too.
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
|New awards with some routes gaining new futuristic buses|
Breaking News -huge tender awards from London Buses.
The following TfL contracts have been announced today:
Tuesday, 27 September 2016
News update from LOTS:
1) A considerable number of new buses are delivered but not yet running, most awaiting fitment of Oyster readers and/or ticket machine equipment. As well as LTs at Arriva for the 253, some LTs for Metroline route 189 and at least 16 VWHs for Harrow Weald are all in store. Numerous new MHVs for Go-Ahead and now some new WHVs have joined them. However, two of Catford’s three new E40Ds (10348-50) and a few more BYD/ADL electrics have entered service in the past week.
Saturday, 24 September 2016
From Route One
Testing as electric bus will be followed by addition of hydrogen range extender by the end of 2016
South Yorkshire-based electric driveline specialist Magtec has announced that it is to create what is believed to be the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell-equipped double-decker.
Monday, 19 September 2016
|One Day Bus and Tram Oyster card|
I’ve found an article on the London Reconnections website and they have interviewed Shashi Verma (TfL’s Director of Technology and Customer Experience) about unlimited transfers within 1 hour for the hopper fare.
Sunday, 18 September 2016
Some bad news for London Buses; the number of people riding them has fallen according to the latest figures from Department for Transport.
The number of journeys by bus in London fell by 3.6% in 12 months ending 30 June, according to the latest official figures from the Department for Transport (DfT), compared with a 1.8% decrease in the rest of England.
Thursday, 15 September 2016
The very first Hybrid bus route will be replaced by battery electric single deck buses after over 10 years of hybrid service on route 360.
Monday, 12 September 2016
Let’s get the bad news out of the way first:
Saturday, 10 September 2016
So the launch now officially begins for the Alexander Dennis Envrio200 MMC BYD eBus to enter service on Red Arrow Routes 507 and 521.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and Transport for London (TfL) have announced that the capital will own Europe’s largest fleet of electric buses, as they revealed the first two all-electric bus routes for central London.
The Mayor announced that routes 507 and 521 will exclusively run a 51-strong fleet of all-electric buses by the end of the year, as part of his ambitious campaign for a dramatic improvement in of air quality in the capital. Combined with 22 all-electric buses already running in outer London, it will take the capital’s entire fleet of electric buses up to 73 – the largest in Europe.
Finally, after the long wait, London Mayor Sadiq Khan announces the new London Bus hopper fare to launch on Monday 12th September 2016 as part of his election promise.
Friday, 9 September 2016
|CT Plus operates the stylish Enviro400H City on route 26|
I have a short news update: a social enterprise bus company based in Hackney called CT Plus has gained two new London Bus route contracts as well as retaining three of their routes.
Saturday, 3 September 2016
Friday, 2 September 2016
As we enter Sept we have new tender awards for the London Bus operators and we will see new changes to bus services coming in 2017.
Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Credit to @Ritchhh for the image
This is a short news update.
According to London Vehicle Finder, the all new Enviro200 MMC BYD eBus (fleetcode SEe) has entered service on London Buses Red Arrow routes 507 and 521.
Friday, 26 August 2016
Tuesday, 23 August 2016
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
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
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 12Go Ahead London Central MAL91 BX54UDZ
By oyxman - Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2141681
Operated from 06th November 2004 till 05th November 2011
|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
A brief news update; Sullivan Buses, a small bus company based in Hertfordshire has won London Buses‘route W9’ and retains route 298 contracts.
Wednesday, 10 August 2016
Abellio is owned by Nederlandse Spoorwegen which is a state owned company in the Netherlands and run by the government. Despite Britain voting to leave the EU, no changes have been made to Britain’s railways.
Tuesday, 9 August 2016
As we are set to see the Alexander Dennis Enviro200 MMC BYD eBus appear on Red Arrow routes 507 and 521, Wrightbus have unveiled their range of electric buses.
Wrightbus has unveiled two key new products from its ‘Electrocity’ range of buses - the StreetLite EV and the StreetAir EV. The new offerings are part of a range announced last year which builds upon the company’s extensive experience to date and will provide operators with an unprecedented choice of vehicle formats and charging systems.
Another consultation has come for Route 5 as they are proposing to divert the route to serve Queen’s Hospital in Romford.
Monday, 1 August 2016
How time flies! We are already in August now and I have some news regarding TFL as they have unveiled the new Crossrail Elizabeth Line ‘Class 345’ train at Bombardier Transportation test track in Derby.
From TFL press release
The first of the new state-of-the-art Elizabeth line trains, which will transform travel across the Capital, was unveiled by TfL today as it took to the test track at Bombardier Transportation in Derby.
Saturday, 30 July 2016
A couple of weeks ago I published an article suggesting that New Routemaster routes should have a branded bus service, then out of the blue TfL decides to have East London Transit routes with New Routemaster buses that have 3 doors and 2 staircases.
Route 48 is also listed for New Routemaster conversion and a follow up with various routes converting to standard hybrid buses.
Monday, 25 July 2016
Bus operators, local authorities and transport authorities took part in bidding for funds for new low emission buses.
Friday, 22 July 2016
As we are now in the summer, I've published the chart below showing you the 2016 update of the comparison of the Tour bus companies operating in London.