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Thursday, 10 September 2015

London Recap - August 2015

Another month has past, they seem to be dropping like fly's at the moment, this month featured a tube strike, the next batch of new routemasters were pressed into service as well as the first new style Wright Gemini 3's for London and not forgetting Notting Hill Carnival prompts the return of the suffix.

Tube Strike Extra's
Abellio London's 8018 is seen at Aldwych while working as an extra on the Route 188 (Taken by Kristian Lake on 06/08/15)

Ensignbus's pride and joy MD60 is seen on Whitechapel High Street while working as an extra on the Route 25 (Taken by Kristian Lake on 06/08/15)

Ensignbus ER882 is seen on Whitechapel High Street while working as an extra on the Route 15 (Taken by Kristian Lake on 06/08/15)


Introduction of Mercedes Citaro's on Route 108

MEC21 is seen approaching North Greenwich, while working on the Route 108, MEC's have been rushed into service on this route following a recent fire damaged DWL. (Taken by Kristian Lake on 28/08/15). It has been rumoured that upon the introduction of the new BYD Electric E200s on Routes 507 and 521, MECs should be moving south, with Routes 108 and 293 mentioned. 

New Routemaster - Route 88
 
LT509 is seen on Clapham Common Stand while working on the first day of service on the Route 88, the introduction of New Routemasters on this route will allow a cascade within Go-Ahead London to take place eventually ridding them of the remaining early numbered PVL's. (Taken by Kristian Lake on 22/08/15)



New Go-Ahead Volvo B5LH's at Croydon for Routes 119, 202, 405
WHV44 is seen on Blackheath Common while working on the Route 202, this is one of 39 new style Wrightbus Gemini 3's currently being introduced at Metrobus Croydon. (Taken by Kristian Lake on 22/08/15)

Victoria Line Closure - Rail Replacement Buses
TP408 is seen on Broad Lane, Tottenham approaching Seven Sisters while working on the Temporary Route 558 between Chingford Mount and Seven Sisters, normally long term closures frustrate regular users, however in the final days of the closure of the Victoria line a petition was set up by Chingford residents to keep this route in operation after the line has re-opened.  (Taken by Kristian Lake on 11/08/15)

Notting Hill Carnival Extra Buses:
12313 is seen crossing Warren Street while working on the Route 205X between Liverpool Street and Harrow Road. (Taken by Kristian Lake on 30/08/15)

MEC14 is seen in Vauxhall Bus Station while working on the Route 436X between Peckham and Notting Hill Gate. (Taken by Kristian Lake on 30/08/15)

WVL397 is seen in Vauxhall Bus Station while working on the Route 36X between New Cross Gate and Harrow Road. (Taken by Kristian Lake on 30/08/15)

VLA65 is seen in Vauxhall Bus Station while working on the Route 2X between West Norwood and Notting Hill Gate. (Taken by Kristian Lake on 30/08/15)

Second Irizar I2e Electric

This month also saw the introduction of the Second Irizr I2e Electric Bus at Waterloo Garage, Ei2 is seen on London Bridge on 01/09/15, taken by Kristian Lake.

Adverts:
New Nike 'Built for Brilliance'
LT282 is seen at Trafalgar Square while working on the Route 453 sporting the new Nike 'Built for Brilliance' all-over advert. (Taken by Kristian Lake on 22/08/15)

New Dove - Rugby World Cup
LT241 is seen approaching Shoreditch High Street while working on the Route 8, this is one of the buses to have the #Scrum Together, Dove Men Care, Rugby World Cup advert. (Taken by Kristian Lake on 15/08/15)

New Tommy Hilfiger
LT440 is seen on Regent Street at Oxford Circus having arrived on the Route 12 from Dulwich Library. (Taken by Kristian Lake on 30/08/15)

Outskirts of London:
Arriva Kent Thameside - New 'Fastrack' Wrightbus Streetlites (Routes A/B Dartford-Bluewater area)
4303 is seen arriving at Bluewater Bus Station while working on Fast-track Route B. (Taken by Kristian Lake on 08/08/15)

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