THE CURRENT LONDON UNDERGROUND MAP
However, in what is believed to be an unprecedented move, Transport for London (TfL), has made provision for extra vehicles to operate over selected routes as "EXTRAS", in a bid to ease the additional burden placed upon the bus route network. Whilst many of the extra vehicles are modern, allowances have been made to operate vintage vehicles including half cab AEC Routemasters and Regents (ex.London RM and RT type), along with Daimler Fleetline, MCW Metrobus and a Leyland PD3.
25 Between Stratford & Holborn
26 Between Shoreditch & Waterloo
27 Between Hammersmith & Baker Street
29 Bwetween Trafalgar Square & Nags Head, Holloway
38 Between Victoria & Angel, Islington
91 Between Tottenham/Crouch End & Kings Cross
257 Between Stratford & Leytonstone
Companies involved and vehicles supplied
Amber Coaches Volvo B7TL (route 26)
Coaches Etcetera Volvo B7TL (route 27)
Galleon Volvo B7TL (route 38)
Ensignbus AEC Regent and Routemaster, Daimler Fleetline, Dennis Trident, Leyland Fleetline and PD3, MCW Metrobus, Volvo B7TL, B9TL, Olympian (routes 25,38,91,257)
London Bus Co AEC Regent and Routemaster (route 29)
Seaford & District Dennis Trident (route 27)
Stephensons Scania (route 91)
Travelmasters Volvo B7TL and B9TL (routes 26,91)
So herewith a selection of buses from the first day of the strike from various locations, much of the operation co-ordinated by Ensignbus
The above image supplied by Malcolm Conway
First a selection of the classic buses 'on parade'. Whilst most buses were Low Emission Zone (LEZ) compliant, several were not, but provision was made for their usage in service. Thus some examples below from the Ensignbus 'heritage' fleet.
The above four images supplied by Malcolm Conway
The above four images supplied by Gerard Butler
Other more modern buses were also used, again many from Ensignbus, but also from other operators.
Images supplied by Gerard Butler (top) and Malcolm Conway (bottom three)
Additionally, most of the TfL approved and established operators of contracted routes ran additional buses shown as "EXTRAS", over a number of their own routes. These threw up some surprising oddities to routes, including single-decks on double-deck routes, some of their own 'heritage' buses and the sight of corporate-liveried Stagecoach buses on Stagecoach London routes.
Images supplied by Gerard Butler (top) and Brian Bell (bottom)
Well that's it for Day 1, tomorrow we will hopefully illustrate further images, in perhaps not so damp conditions. Our grateful thanks are extended by the Focus Transport team to all the London-based 'paparazzo'(!) for allowing us to use their kind submissions.