North London & Essex Transport Events 2017  0

North London & Essex Transport Events 2017


The following events are scheduled for the coming year:


SATURDAY 11th FEBRUARY – ENFIELD TRANSPORT BAZAAR, St. PAUL’S CENTRE, 102, CHURCH STREET, ENFIELD EN2 6AR. Junction of Church Street, Chase Side and Windmill Hill in the heart of Enfield Town, just two minutes’ walk from Enfield Chase Station (Great Northern Hertford North line) or ten minutes from Enfield Town Station (London Overground). All buses serving Enfield Town stop within five minutes’ walk. Features up to forty stalls selling all kinds of transport books, photo’s, DVD’s, maps, timetables, tickets and other memorabilia. Bazaar open 11.00-14.30. Admission £3 (acc. children free).   


SATURDAY 8th APRIL – ENFIELD TRANSPORT BAZAAR. Details as February event (above).


SATURDAY 6th MAY and SATURDAY 14th OCTOBER: THEYDON BOIS TRANSPORT BAZAAR & VINTAGE BUS DISPLAYS, THEYDON BOIS VILLAGE HALL, COPPICE ROW, ESSEX CM16 7ER. Five minutes’ level walk from Theydon Bois Central Line Station, (LU Zone 6) Up to forty stalls selling all kinds of bus and railway memorabilia, books, photo’s, maps, timetables, etc. Approx. 20 vintage buses on display, some giving free rides around Epping Forest, subject to vehicle and crew availability. Open 11.00-15.30. Admission £3 (acc. children free). Refreshments available. No public car parking.


SUNDAY 2nd JULY – UNCOMPLETED NORTHERN LINE EXTENSIONS WALK & STUDY TOUR. A look at the former G.N.R./L.N.E.R. branch line between Finsbury Park, Highgate and Alexandra Palace which should have become part of the Underground’s Northern Line in 1940. Advance booking essential for this fascinating and unusual tour. Come and see how much work was wasted, and what could STILL be done today! Our book “Northern Wastes” will be on sale, too! Please contact addresses below.


SATURDAY 9th SEPTEMBER – CHINGFORD, ROYAL FOREST HOTEL: Display of 1940s-1960s London buses re-creating the famous bus terminus in Rangers Road, Chingford E4 7QH, closed in September 1968 as a result of London Transport’s “Reshaping Programme”. With free rides on vintage buses around Epping Forest and bookstall selling special souvenir booklet, as well as other books and photographs of historic buses and railways. Approx. 5 mins walk from Chingford bus and railway stations. London bus route 397 stops nearby. Open 10.30 – 17.00.




The Theydon Bois event will be repeated on 5th May and 13th October 2018.


Further details of events, please send SSAE to:  NLETE, 8, The Rowans, Palmers Green, N13 5AD

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TfL Tender Results, Thursday 12th January 2017  0

Notification of Tender Results   


12th January 2017


LBSL intends to enter into new contracts for the following routes with the operators listed below:


Route               Current Operator          New Operator               PVR     Vehicles          

131                   London United              London General                21      2010 Euro V diesel double deck

411                   Quality Line                   Quality Line                        6     New Euro VI diesel single deck

465                   Quality Line                   Quality Line                     tbc     Single deck (details TBC)

605                   London Sovereign         Sullivan Buses                   2     2009 Euro V diesel double deck

628/688             Sullivan Buses              Sullivan Buses                   6     2009 Euro V diesel double deck

632                   Metroline                       Metroline                            3     2009 Euro IV diesel double deck

653/683             Sullivan Buses              Sullivan Buses                   5     2009 Euro V diesel double deck


Contracts will commence on the following dates:


1st July 2017: Route 465.

2nd September 2017: Routes 605, 628/688 & 653/683.

30th September 2017: Routes 131 & 411.

14th October 2017: Route 632.

NEW More London Area Pocket Guides!!  0

NEW More London Area Pocket Guides!!


We have a third wave of Greater London area Pocket Guides, which consist of reprints of existing titles for (5) Edmonton, (9) Harringay, (12) Chingford, and the already advertised title for Kingston and Night Buses (later Quick Guide). The Kingston book is now dated 3rd January (and includes a four page Supplement after I somehow managed to overlook the 411 and 641 services!).




We do have some 32 new titles, including a brand new School Buses / Mobility Buses, all squeezed into one 60 page booklet! We have a new two-piece set for Heathrow Airport, and you can read more about those below too. You can see the covers at the end of this post, and the list updates and supersedes the provisional information we gave late last year.


This list means we now have a Pocket Guide for the vast majority of areas of London – give us a call if you want help to find yours.


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000 new covers final 16 to a sheet for newsletters_Page_2You can buy a complete set for £350 – a small saving in their own right – and we will add H1 (Potters Bar), 97 (Tube Times) and 95 (Night Guide) thrown in free!) will be £350.00. This means your total saving for this bundle is £89 !!!


If you only want the new ones, you can buy all 32 of the new ones, plus the 4 reissues, for a special price of £135 (don’t forget your discount codes!) – a saving of £27 ! You can buy that via this link here… Early orders are likely to be dispatched around the 18th January 2017, then we intend to dispatch every week on Tuesday (or currently Wednesday for posting, as long as WGC Post Office remains closed!).


Some of our New Titles in Focus…



School and Shopper/Mobility Buses

This timetable includes full timetables for TfL School Bus services, as well as those services with school day extensions (313 etc.), as well as times of Service 405’s extra schoolday journeys (by Arriva, not Metrobus). We also include details of TfL Shopper Bus Services, which were formerly known as Mobility Bus Services, and are sometimes known as the 900 series services. The book contains 60 pages, and can be purchased online for £4.50 post-free via this link.







Feltham, Heathrow Airport, West Drayton Area Guides



Part One contains all the Transport for London bus services in Feltham, Heathrow Airport and West Drayton. This guide includes both Feltham and West Drayton, which have yet to get a guide of their own. The booklet includes all of the TfL Bus Services around Heathrow Airport. This timetable is up to date including the Service 235 changing hands on 7th January 2017.

Part Two contains all the non-TfL bus services in Feltham, Heathrow Airport and West Drayton. Area 85A covers all the non-Transport for London bus services in this area, for which we didn’t have room in Area 85. This includes all local bus services, Hotel Hoppa services, plus selected coach services. By coach, we include all Heathrow RailAir links, as well as summaries of National Express coaches between Heathrow and London Victoria, and to/from Gatwick Airport.

Both books are 60 pages each, and can be bought via these links;

Part 1/Area 85 – TfL Services

Part 2/Area 85A – non TfL Services


List of Pocket / Quick Guides for London, as at January 2017 – click on the title for the buying link. All A5 and £4.50 postfree in UK unless otherwise stated.


January 2017 Money Saving Special (4 reprints, 32 new titles) – £135 (saving £27!)

Complete Set Special (with H1, 95 and 97 included) – £350 (saving £89!)

  1. Kingston, Surbiton (3rd Jan 2017)
  2. Addington, West Wickham, Hayes (19th Nov 2016)
  3. Ealing, Hanwell, Ealing Common (24th Sep 2016)
  4. Uxbridge, Hayes Town, Stockley Park (24th Sep 2016)
  5. Edmonton, Tottenham (3rd Jan 2017)
  6. Barnet, Finchley (24th Oct 2015 – new edition due Easter 2017)
  7. Harrow, Northwick Park, Kenton (24th Sep 2016)
  8. Southgate, Palmers Green, Winchmore Hill (24th Sep 2016)
  9. Wood Green, Harringay, Hornsey, Crouch End (3rd Jan 2017)
  10. Crystal Palace, Gypsy Hill, Norwood (19th Nov 2016)
  11. Finsbury Park, Holloway (24th Sep 2016)
  12. Chingford, Clayhall, Woodford, Woodford Wells (10th Jan 2017)
  13. Edgware, Stanmore (2nd Nov 2015 – new edition due Easter 2017)
  14. Brent Cross, Colindale (24th Oct 2015 – new edition due Easter 2017)
  15. Golders Green, Hampstead (31st Oct 2015 – new edition due Easter 2017)
  16. Archway, Highgate Village (9th Jul 2016 – new edition due Easter 2017)
  17. Walthamstow Area (24th Sep 2016)
  18. Leyton, Leytonstone (24th Sep 2016)
  19. Greenford, Southall, Yeading (24th Sep 2016)
  20. Muswell Hill, Arnos Grove, Bounds Green, New Southgate (24th Sep 2016)
  21. Catford, Forest Hill, Grove Park (24th Sep 2016)
  22. Canada Water, Deptford, Greenwich, North Greenwich (8th Oct 2016)
  23. Lewisham Area (8th Oct 2016)
  24. Beckton, Canning Town, London City Airport (1st Oct 2016)
  25. Bow Church, Shadwell, Isle of Dogs (1st Oct 2016)
  26. Islington, Newington Green, Silicon Roundabout (1st Oct 2016)
  27. Hammersmith, West Kensington, Charing Cross Hospital (24th Sep 2016)
  28. Richmond, Kew Green, Twickenham (1st Oct 2016)
  29. Shepherd’s Bush, White City, Ladbroke Grove DAY (24th Sep 2016)
  30. Hounslow, Heston, Osterley (1st Oct 2016)
  31. Northolt, Northwood, Ruislip, Hillingdon Station (24th Sep 2016)
  32. Waterloo Area (24th Sep 2016)
  33. Enfield Town, Ponders End (9th Apr 2016 – new edition due Easter 2016)
  34. Camden Town, Tuffnell Park (24th Sep 2016)
  35. Kings Cross, Euston, St Pancras (24th Sep 2016)
  36. Putney, Fulham, Roehampton (24th Sep 2016)
  37. Sutton, Belmont, Cheam (24th Sep 2016)
  38. Morden, Mitcham Areas (24th Sep 2016)
  39. Stockwell, Kennington, Vauxhall (24th Sep 2016)
  40. Brentford, Chiswick, Turnham Green (24th Sep 2016)
  41. Barking, East Ham, Upney (24th Sep 2016 – new edition due Easter 2017)
  42. Ilford, Gants Hill, King George Hospital (24th Sep 2016)
  43. Romford Area (24th Sep 2016)
  44. Becontree, Dagenham, Rainham (1st October 2016)
  45. Hornchurch, Harold Wood, Upminster (24th Sep 2016)
  46. Newbury Park, Wanstead, Barkingside (24th Sep 2016)
  47. Stratford Area (1st Oct 2016)
  48. Hackney, Clapton, London Fields (24th Sep 2016)
  49. Kilburn, Cricklewood, West Hampstead (24th Sep 2016)
  50. Waltham Cross, Waltham Abbey, Enfield Island, Freezywater (24th Sep 2016)
  51. Chelsea, Earl’s Court, Fulham Broadway (24th Sep 2016)
  52. Kensington, Knightsbridge, Sloane Square DAY (24th Sep 2016)
  53. Paddington, Notting Hill, Portobello Road (1st Oct 2016)
  54. Moorgate, Shoreditch DAY (24th Sep 2016)
  55. Tooting, Balham (3rd Jan 2017)
  56. Streatham, Norbury, Thornton Heath (3rd Jan 2017)
  57. Wandsworth, Clapham Junction (3rd Jan 2017)
  58. Peckham, Peckham Rye (3rd Jan 2017)
  59. Bexleyheath, Crayford, Slade Green (1st Oct 2016)
  60. Woolwich, Welling, Shooters Hill (3rd Jan 2017)
  61. Orpington, Farmborough, Locksbottom, Green Street Green (3rd Jan 2017)
  62. Bromley, Chislehurst (3rd Jan 2017)
  63. Brixton (3rd Jan 2017)
  64. New Cross, Honor Oak, New Cross Gate (3rd Jan 2017)
  65. Wembley, Willesden, Dollis Hill, Willesden Junction (3rd Jan 2017)
  66. Neasden, Burnt Oak, Kingsbury (3rd Jan 2017)
  67. Alperton, Harlesden, Park Royal, Perivale (3rd Jan 2017)
  68. Sidcup, Eltham, Swanley, Foots Cray, Mottingham (3rd Jan 2017)
  69. Charlton, Lee, Kidbrooke (3rd Jan 2017)
  70. West Croydon (19th Nov 2016)
  71. Purley, Couldson, Warlingham, Caterham, The Colonades (3rd Jan 2017)
  72. Elmers End, Beckenham, Norwood Junction (3rd Jan 2017)
  73. Carshalton, Beddington, Wallington (3rd Jan 2017)
  74. Wimbledon, Merton, Kingston Vale, Colliers Wood (3rd Jan 2017)
  75. New Malden, Norbiton, Tolworth, Kingston Hospital (3rd Jan 2017)
  76. Chessington, Hinchley Wood, Worcester Park, Esher (3rd Jan 2017)
  77. Plumstead, Thamesmead, Abbey Wood, Belvedere (3rd Jan 2017)
  78. Teddington, Twickenham, Strawberry Hill, Petersham (3rd Jan 2017)
  79. Dulwich, Sydenham (3rd Jan 2017)
  80. Central Croydon (19th Nov 2016)
  81. London Bridge and Southwark (3rd Jan 2017)
  82. City of London, Bank, Momument, DAY (3rd Jan 2017)
  83. Victoria, Belgravia (3rd Jan 2017)
  84. St Paul’s, Barbican, Fleet St, City Thameslink DAY (3rd Jan 2017)
  85. Feltham, Heathrow 1 (TfL Services) and PT.2 (85A) covers non-TFL Services. (Both 7th Jan 2017).
  86. Camberwell, Herne Hill (3rd Jan 2017)
  87. Blackheath, North Greenwich (3rd Jan 2017)
  88. Night (16th Dec 2016) A4 – £18.00
  89. Comprehensive Guide (set of five volumes covering all forms of transport) ASK FOR PRICES
  90. Tube Times (two sizes from 2017) ASK FOR PRICE/DATES
  91. School & Mobility Buses (10th Jan 2017)


List of Pocket / Quick Guides for areas bordering London

E1. Harlow (new issue in planning for 2017) ASK FOR PRICE/DATES

H1. Potters Bar, Cuffley, Brookmans Park (24th Sep 2016)

#randomtimetablemonday – Stagecoach East Scotland’s new booklets for Fife – review (Part 2 of 2)  0



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Okay – it came to me that I never got round to finishing the review, which was started here. Sorry! Since the first part of the review was done, some of the books were reissued for minor tweaks to Service 7 in the Autumn, but now all the 11 books have been reissued once more from January, which ties in with their recent service changes.  I particularly like the 77 (what replaced the 39 in Fife after just two months!) being included into the North East Fife guide, together with a brand new Cupar town bus map. As well as these, the list of points served by each bus changes to show them in the order served (was alphabetical), alongside adding the connections on the 41 to/from Leven to the North East Fife guide too. The new guides get rid of some gremlins too!


We still have to review the Express Guides. There are six of these. I’ll do the Edinburgh and Glasgow ones first, and then onto Dundee, Perth, Livingston and Edinburgh Airport.


So… first of all… Edinburgh Express Guide. (Upon being reissued, the top band has been changed to include service numbers – once again very useful.) The most recent issue, 3rd January 2017, has 56 pages. The Express Guides are all what is dubbed “slimline” in the south, or 1/3 A4 to be technical, or indeed DL (usually an envelope size). This carries all the X-series Edinburgh express services, but the Airport and Livingston are in their own guide (as is the 40 Queensferry service). The books have a large amount of information on the service changes, as well as ticketing ideas. Information included also mentions the Park & Ride facilities.  There are separate panels (split over two pages) so that the book reads upright. Separate timetables are included for the X54/X59, X55 (includes X56 and 55), and X58/X60. The last two double page spreads consist of summaries of connectional facilities for those in Aberdour, Burntisland and Kinghorn, where it is recommended they change from X58/X60 to 7 at Inverkeithing or Dalgety Bay. The centre spread includes the aforementioned Express City Connect map, and a blow-up of city centre bus stops. Most recent issue is dated 3rd January 2017, which would be the third after August and October.


For passengers who usually use their Express services to Glasgow, the Glasgow Express Guide covers both Glasgow and Glasgow Airport.  40 pages crams in a lot of information, but only includes East Scotland services in these areas. Mention is made of the extension of Service X24 to Glasgow Airport, although the more recent edition has information on the January changes instead. The book comprises similarly-formed panels of timetables for Services X24 and Service X27. After this there is a summary timetable of the combined 20 minute service from Halbeath p&r/Dunfermline to Glasgow, which I found useful when it was in a separate guide. An Express map is in the middle pages, following which is a stops plan at Glasgow Airport and Glasgow City Centre. Most recent issue is dated 3rd January 2017, which would be the second after August.


While it is possible to make every journey using the five A5 (and Edinburgh/Glasgow Express) guides, there are a further four, packed with more locally relevant information. Dundee Express Guide is 44 pages of information, tailored to suit the Dundonian. The second edition has the cover strip revised to include service numbers, but these show X7, X54 and X55, instead of X53 in lieu of the latter. The timetables for X7 and X54 show only journeys serving Dundee, as well as the full X53 timetable (similar to that shown in the Glenrothes, North Fife and Kirkcaldy guides). There is a composite Glenrothes/Cupar – Dundee summary timetable, showing the two buses an hour now offered. More interesting is a summary of all Stagecoach buses between Dundee and Ninewells Hospital, together with a service frequency chart of all other Stagecoach services in the City. The map in the centre is the Express map, together with an Edinburgh and Dundee City Centre blow ups. However the Dundee map does incorrectly show the X53 running the full length of Perth Road, which should show Westport and Hawkhill as with the X7. Most recent issue is dated 3rd January 2017, which would be the second after August.


In a similar vein to the Dundee one, is Perth Express Guide. This doesn’t have the list of other services, as that is covered by the Perth City Guide. However, it does give more than justice to all the Perth services on the X7 and the X55, in it’s 36 pages. There are two further summary timetables – Edinburgh Airport to Perth (change from 747 to X55 at Halbeath Park & Ride), and to show connections from Perth to Kirkcaldy and Leven (changing from X27 to X55 at Halbeath). Centre spread shows the Express map, together with an Edinburgh city centre blow up. The last two pages feature a blow up of the stops in Perth, in the city centre and further out. Most recent issue is dated 3rd January 2017, which would be the second after August.


Service X51 from Dunfermline to Livingston is featured in the Dunfermline & West Fife guide in full, taking up one A5 page. However, there is also Livingston Express Guide to show off more about places to go. The guide is 16 pages, including details of tickets, and a regular Service X51 timetable. You will also find a complete route map for Service X51 (no stopping arrangements as it is actually all stops now), plus summary timetables for connections from Kirkcaldy (change from X58 to X51 at Ferrytoll Park & Ride), and Glenrothes (similar but X54/X59 to X51). The Express map is added over the last two pages. Most recent issue is dated 15th August 2016 with updated connections from 3rd January 2017, which would be the second after August.


A similar situation existis with the last title to be reviewed – Edinburgh Airport Guide. While Service 747 (Dunfermline/Halbeath – Edinburgh Airport) takes up three A5 pages in the Dunfermline & West Fife guide, this one takes things a little further. Mention is made of the improvements to Service 747 last year, including newer buses, free WiFi, and a 24 hour a day service. The plain 747 timetable takes up two double pages, and the rest is used for Summary timetables. There is an interesting one for Dunfermline to Edinburgh Airport (changing from 19/19A to 747 at Halbeath, as the daytime buses don’t come into the town centre). There are more summaries, including Dundee to Edinburgh Airport (change from X54 to 747 at Halbeath P&R), St Andrews/Glenrothes to Edinburgh Airport (change from X59 or X54 to 747 at Halbeath), plus the Perth summary mentioned in the Perth guide. Finally there is a Leven/Kirkcaldy/Dalgety Bay to Edinburgh Airport summary (changing from X58/X60 to 747 at Ferrytoll). The final two pages have the Express network map, with a blow-up of stops for the 747 at Ingliston, Ratho, Newbridge and Edinburgh Airport. Most recent issue is dated 15th August 2016 with updated connections from 3rd January 2017, which would be the second after August.


These guides have also gone down well with the travelling public, I was told. It does prove that quality information in one place – our tag line or not! – does get appreciated. The various connection summaries remind me of similar which appeared in previous Stagecoach Express guides done by Fife. It was possible to travel not just down the line of one route, but also following connections. Some of the interesting ones were Cumbernauld – Dunfermline – Edinburgh, Kirkcaldy – Dunfermline – Glasgow, and many more like showing X24 and X59 also connected at Glenrothes. This information was presumably important in building the brand in the mid 1990’s, and I was surprised then. If these books generate any more traffic and sales (even just occasionally), isn’t it worth the time? These books give a much better information value, than a simple photocopied timetable sheet!


#randomtimetablemonday – London Bus and Underground Timetables  0

LBUT2#randomtimetablemonday – London Bus and Underground Timetables


Second Edition, 1873 – 2016

First of all, the formalities – before I had a chance to buy a copy of this book, I was sent a complimentary copy. This is not a sponsored blog.

Now… this is the second edition of a book that grows and grows. It includes all of our timetables from the start until April 2016.

The book brings back memories of working and living in London from 1999-2002ish, and also more recent books from the areas I often travel to now. The book isn’t just London, but includes full coverage of the adjacent counties and boroughs too.

There’s just about everything here – from other independent and enthusiast groups, old style LT/LCBS monthly Local Bus and Rail Timetables, to the 1873 Metropolitan Railway timetable – the earliest in this book I can find.

The book is certainly useful for me trying to play catch-up afterwards, as well as being able to look back through everything.

But, that’s still not enough for former TLB publicity columnist John Bull, as he’s already planning a further update to the second edition!


Find out more about the Omnibus Society’s London Historical Research Group (who published this book) via this link.


The book is illustrated and stretches to 130 A4 pages. Cost is £10.00 plus £2.00 P&P when bought form the LHRG (see below), or ask your local bookshop to find ISBN: 978 1 909091 14 6.


Orders by post should be addressed to: LHRG Distribution Officer, Curry Farm, Halstead Lane, Knockholt, Sevenoaks TN14 7EP.

Cheques payable to “Omnibus Society (LHR Group)” please.  Overseas postage extra, please enquire via

Lothian Buses by Numbers  0

Lothian Buses by Numbers


15 facts you probably didn’t know about us.

It’s been a busy and exciting year here at Lothian Buses.  We’ve had new buses, award wins and tv appearances.

We have also worked with some fantastic charities and got to meet a lot of you, our amazing passengers.

Most of our year we have shared with you but we thought as the year was coming to an end, we would let you see some our amazing and fun 2016 stats.

Did you know…?

  • We currently employee 2,210 people.
  • On Christmas day we will carry you over 5,000 miles.
  • Our control room operates 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year.
  • We had to replace 16,920 lost Ridacards in 2016!
  • Our longest route is the service X15, which is over 24 miles long.
  • This year on boxing day we will cover over 27,000 miles – that’s more than once round the whole planet.
  • A record 10,124 of you visited us at our annual Doors Open Day
  • The average double deck bus is 1,144 cubic metres – that could hold 200,612 pints of milk.
  • In the last 12 months we have posted 10,302 tweets.
  • Our double deck low floor buses run on tyres that are 275 x 70 x 22.5 – almost a third larger than your average car tyre.
  • We have worked our way through 46,355 tickets rolls in the last 12 months
  • 28,950 Metro newspapers go out on our buses every day
  • On an average week, 320 portions of curry are served across our three depots to staff.
  • Our longest serving member of staff has worked with Lothian Buses for 56 years.
  • We have reduced our waste this year by 10% compared with 2015.


Posted on: Tue, December 20, 2016 at 12:44

Lothian Buses: LRT and other misconceptions  0

LRT and other misconceptions


10 facts that people think are true but are actually false!


There are lots of things people believe to be true about Lothian Buses that we hear everyday.

So, to make sure everyone is up to date – here are some of the common misconceptions people have about us and the actual facts.

  1. We are responsible for bus stops in Edinburgh
    Airlines don’t own airports, train companies don’t own stations and Lothian Buses don’t own bus shelters – we just use them.  They are the property of the City of Edinburgh Council.
  2. We are called LRT.
    We get lots of different names, some of them are not always complimentary but just so you know… In 1975 Edinburgh Corporation Transport was renamed Lothian Region Transport. In 2000 LRT became LOTHIAN BUSES.
  3. Buses don’t get stuck in traffic
    If there is extra traffic on the roads and everyone is stuck, we will be too.  We do all we can to keep everyone moving, and informed. We even put on extra buses where we can but we can’t fly!  Check our app for real time information.
  4. Bus trackers belong to Lothian Buses
    As with bus stops we provide the information shown on bus tracker signs at stops but we don’t maintain them.  They are also the property of City of Edinburgh Council.
  5. Bus drivers aren’t human.
    Our drivers are just like you and me.  They need to go to the toilet, they need to eat and sometimes miss what you say.  Take off your headphones when you get on the bus, give them a smile, and say hello it may just brighten up their day… and yours.
  6. Buses sit at bus stops just to annoy you.
    Our services have to keep to their timetable – if they stop for a few minutes at a bus stop it’s probably to prevent someone further down missing the bus.
  7. If you leave something on the bus, you’ll never see it again.
    Hundreds of items are left behind on our buses every week.  Around 75% of these are claimed from our lost property office in Hanover Street.
  8. Wifi on our buses doesn’t work
    Over 50,000 people surf the web, email, tweet and stream videos on our buses every week.
  9. Travelling by bus is harmful for the environment
    Quite to the contrary, our new Euro 6 buses reduce harmful emissions by up to 99% and on average per passenger, buses produce half the CO2 emissions compared to a car.
  10. All bus drivers wear white socks
    Much to common misconception most of the drivers we see around the depots don’t!

Posted on: Wed, December 21, 2016 at 7:28
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Stagecoach East: Price Changes: January 2017  0


Price Changes: January 2017

On 1 January 2017, some of our megarider Xtra tickets will be subject to a fares revision across our Cambridge, Peterborough, Bedford and Norfolk networks.

As a result of this fares revision, the price of many products will change:

Cambridge 4 Week Megarider will be £56

Cambridge Megarider Xtra will be  £56 per month

Peterborough 4 Week Megarider will be  £56

Peterborough Megarider Xtra will be  £56 per month

Cambridgeshire 4 Week Megarider Plus will be  £96

Cambridgeshire Megarider Plus Xtra will be  £96 per month

Bedford 4 Week Megarider will be  £56

Bedford Megarider Xtra   will be  £56 per month

Bedfordshire 4 Week Megarider Plus  will be  £109.50

Bedfordshire Megarider Plus Xtra  will be  £109.50 per month

King’s Lynn 4 Week Megarider  will be  £40

King’s Lynn  Megarider Xtra  will be  £40 per month

Norfolk 4 Week Megarider Plus  will be  £84.50

Norfolk Megarider Plus   Xtra   will be  £84.50 per month

East 4 Week Megarider Gold  will be  £134.50

East Megarider Gold   Xtra   will be  £134.50 per month

East Megarider Gold with Oxford SmartZone 1 Week will be £40.50

East Megarider Gold with Oxford SmartZone 4 Week will be £153

East Megarider Gold with Oxford SmartZone Xtra will be £153 per month

East Megarider Gold with Oxford SmartZone 13 Week   and  East Megarider Gold with Oxford SmartZone 1 Year  will also be discontinued from this date.

We are also making changes to several services across the region.

Stagecoach Highlands changes January 2017  0

Company’s link to new timetables doesn’t work!


16 Dec 2016

· Improved reliability across Inverness City
· New service 11U connecting Nairn direct to Inverness College
· Connection introduced between Ardersier and Culloden
· Improved service for Culloden
· Better connections between Hilton and Raigmore Hospital and Inverness College

From Monday, 9th January bus passengers in the Highlands will see changes to improve their bus services.

The upcoming service revisions are being introduced to improve Stagecoach connections across Inverness city as well as connections to surrounding towns.

An extensive review of the existing bus network was carried out with a focus on improving punctuality and reliability as well as trying to better cater for customer travel habits on the routes – particularly during the busy morning and afternoon peak periods.

Stagecoach released proposals to the public in November welcoming feedback on the draft timetables. Over 200 responses were received during the consultation period with many praising the improvements being planned for the network within Inverness city centre.

Stagecoach have reviewed all the feedback and used this to make a number of revisions to the proposals which include –

· Miller Street and Boswell Road continuing to be served by service 4 in Inverness
· North morning connection from Inverness has been identified to Helmsdale to replace the withdrawal of the 0930 X99 journey
· Culbokie continuing to see Service 25X journeys divert into the village at peak times
· Connection from Thurso to Dunbeath maintained through the introduction of new Service X82

Mark Whitelocks, Managing Director for Stagecoach North Scotland said: “Our overall aim is to provide a better, more efficient and more reliable package of services to our customers.  The changes we are making to our bus network in the Highlands better reflect the travel habits of our customers, providing better connections within Inverness, to Inverness as well as between other towns and villages across the Highlands.  Introducing the public consultation ahead of the formal registration process has built on the insight we gain when working with various community councils and bus user groups within the Highlands area.”

Mark Whitelocks added that “Passengers can also now use the free Stagecoach app to track their bus in real time or buy their ticket so there really hasn’t ever been a better time to try bus travel in the Highlands.”

From the 9th January residents in Nairn will see the introduction of a direct link to Inverness College on the brand new service 11U. The service will operate in the morning and evening peaks and will mean that customers will not need to travel into the city centre to get to the busy college campus.

Within Inverness city the bus network has been completely refreshed. Service 1 will provide new extensions to Raigmore Hospital and UHI every hour. Residents in the Holm Park area will see an improved frequency to the city centre using service 6.

Service 8 within Inverness will be replaced by services 2 and 3 maintaining a 20 minute frequency across the city with areas such as Craig Dunain, Westhill, Raigmore and UHI will have a 10 minute frequency. Residents in the Culloden area of Inverness will see an improved frequency with all buses from Westhill being extended to serve the area on the all new services 2 and 3.

Service 15 will be withdrawn from 9th January however residents in Ardersier will welcome a bus connection on the new service 5A which will connect their town with Culloden as well as the city centre.

Service X99 will operate to a new route with all journeys serving Castletown between Thurso and Wick before continuing south to Helmsdale, Dunbeath, Tain and Inverness. The alteration to the route will give a direct connection on service X99 for passengers from Castletown and Wick who would have previously had to connect at Dunbeath to use the service to Inverness.

Ahead of the service change, Stagecoach will be running some information events to distribute the new timetables and answer any queries on the new network.

Information days

21st December
Inglis Street, Inverness from 1000 – 1600

22nd December
Helmsdale Car Park near La Mirage from 0930 – 1030

Brora,  Gower Street Car Park near Coop from 1100 – 1200

Golspie Car Park at rear of Coop from 1230 – 1330

Dornoch, The Square from 1430 – 1530
Customers who are unable to attend these events can continue to contact the company by emailing or calling 01463 251350

All timetables from 9th January are now available here, and will be on buses and at Stagecoach offices by 20th December.

TfL Tender Results, 15th December 2016  0

Notification of Tender Results     


15th December 2016


LBSL intends to enter into new contracts for the following routes with the operators listed below:


Route               Current Operator          New Operator               PVR     Vehicles          

17                     Metroline                       Metroline                       19         New Euro VI hybrid double deck

186                   Metroline                       Metroline                       17         2009 Euro IV diesel double deck

382                   Arriva London North      Metroline                       9         2012 Euro V diesel single deck

384                   Metroline                       Metroline                       5         2012 Euro V diesel single deck

613                   London United              London United              1         2008 Euro IV diesel double deck

662                   London United              London United              1         2008 Euro IV diesel double deck

665                   London United              London United              1         2009 Euro IV diesel single deck

671                   London United              London United              1         2008 Euro IV diesel double deck

C11                  Metroline                       Metroline                       20         2010 Euro V diesel single deck

W8                   Metroline                       Metroline                       15         2009 Euro IV diesel double deck


Contracts will commence on the following dates:


15th July 2017: Route 382.

22nd July 2017: Routes 17, 186, 384, C11 & W8.

29th July 2017: Routes 613, 662, 665 & 671.

Changes to the National Rail Timetable for Winter 2016/2017  0

Changes to the National Rail Timetable




The National Rail Timetable is changed in May and December each year.


The most recent timetable change took effect on 11 December 2016. All the changes detailed below are showing correctly in the Journey Planner.


Please select a Train Operator below for more details on the changes made to the timetable for their services.


Arriva Trains Wales

Caledonian Sleeper


Chiltern Railways


East Midlands Trains

Greater Anglia / Stansted Express

Great Western Railway

Gatwick Express

Grand Central

Great Northern

Heathrow Connect

Heathrow Express


Hull Trains

Island Line

London Midland

London Overground





South West Trains



TransPennine Express

Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains East Coast



Arriva Trains Wales


Arriva Trains Wales is pleased to announce some important changes to its timetables from 11 December 2016 which will result in some service timing and frequency improvements for many of its customers.


In particular there will be an enhanced Sunday service from 8 January 2017 for customers using services between Ystrad Mynach and Cardiff Central with the addition of 5 extra services in each direction throughout the day.


Platform 8 at Cardiff Central will be open for use from January 2017 for some services towards Penarth, Barry Island and the Vale of Glamorgan.


Some early morning, late evening and weekend services between Cardiff Central and Severn Tunnel Junction will be leaving Cardiff Central and Newport up to 10 minutes earlier than the normal timetable.


The Sunday 9:30 Aberystwyth – Birmingham service will now arrive 7 minutes earlier at Shrewsbury (11:18) due to the relaxation of engineering work on the line.


The Saturday 10.33 Holyhead – Cardiff Central service will be re-timed earlier between Newport – Cardiff Central to reduce the journey time between Holyhead and Cardiff by 6 minutes.


The Saturday 14.35 Gloucester – Fishguard Harbour service will be re-timed to depart later from Gloucester at 14.42.  This will reduce the journey time for this service between Gloucester and Newport by 7 minutes. This service will still maintain a connection to Bristol Temple Meads from Severn Tunnel Junction.




Caledonian Sleeper


From Sunday 11 December Caledonian Sleeper are offering early boarding on their Lowland services departing London Euston to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Guests travelling on these services are welcome to board at London Euston from 22:00. There are no changes to the timetable.





The new timetable comes into effect on 9 January 2017, and is designed to take full advantage of the 24 new carriages c2c is adding to its fleet. The timetable, which has been developed in cooperation with local passenger groups, is intended to address the top priorities of passengers in different areas:


– Faster journey times between stations in Southend and London, with eight faster peak trains every day


– Longer trains between stations in Thurrock and London, with seven peak-time trains doubled in length to 8-carriages each day


– More seats available at stations in mid-Essex, with morning peak trains starting from Laindon retimed to run at the busiest times and lengthened to 8-carriages, plus extra carriages for passengers at Basildon and Benfleet



Chiltern Railways


A new timetable starts on Sunday 11 December 2016.


From 12 December 2016, Chiltern Railways will travel right to the heart of Oxford. Trains leave twice an hour with journey times from just 60 minutes.





No significant changes have been announced for CrossCountry services.




East Midlands Trains


The new timetable benefits from faster journey times to and from London.


East Midlands Trains have been working with Network Rail to increase the speed limits on various sections of their network to enable faster journey times to London St Pancras, the biggest line speed improvement since December 2008.


East Midlands Trains customers in Radcliffe-on-Trent will now benefit from a new timetable, offering new and improved services to Nottingham city centre to the west and Grantham and Skegness to the east.





Greater Anglia / Stansted Express


No significant changes have been made to Greater Anglia and Stansted Express services.




Great Western Railway


From 1 January 2017 Great Western Railway will be running new, higher capacity electric ‘Electrostar’ trains between Hayes & Harlington and London Paddington. These new trains are fully air conditioned and offer at-seat power points and free Wi-Fi for everyone. They will be introduced over the next few years across the whole of the Thames Valley – including Maidenhead, Reading, Oxford and Newbury.




Gatwick Express


No significant changes have been made to Gatwick Express services.


Grand Central


No significant changes have been made to Grand Central services.


Great Northern


No significant changes have been made to Great Northern services.



Heathrow Connect


No significant changes have been made to Heathrow Connect services.


Heathrow Express


No significant changes have been made to Heathrow Express services.


Hull Trains


No significant changes have been made to Hull Trains services.


Island Line


No significant changes have been made to Island Line services.


London Midland


Monday – Friday


There will be extra carriages on some of the busiest London Midland peak time trains to and from London Euston.


The 05:21 Crewe – London Euston now has an extra 4 carriages from Crewe – Northampton. (8 carriages in total)


The 17:13 London Euston – Birmingham New Street now has an extra 4 carriages from London Euston to Northampton. (12 carriages in total)


Extra services from London Euston to Crewe, with extra departures at 19:46 and 20:46


Later services on the Abbey Line with a new 22:21 departure from Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey and 22:42 departure from St Albans Abbey – Watford Junction


New later service at Hartlebury – the 22:33 Dorridge – Worcester Shrub Hill (23:01 from Birmingham Snow Hill) will now call additionally at Hartlebury at 2346.


Bescot will have a more frequent service – with up to an extra 26 trains a day




Bescot will have a more frequent service – with up to an extra 23 trains a day


Extra early morning and late evening services for Hartlebury


05:44 Worcester Shrub Hill – Dorridge will now call at Hartlebury at 05:59


22:33 Dorridge – Worcester Shrub Hill will now call at Hartlebury at 23:45


Later services on the Abbey Line with a new 22:21 departure from Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey and 22:42 departure from St Albans Abbey – Watford Junction




Earlier Sunday services into Birmingham


08:52 Rugby – Liverpool Lime Street calls at Birmingham New Street at 09:31


08:57 Dorridge – Birmingham Snow Hill (due 09:20) new service calling at Birmingham Moor St at 09:18


09:06 Whitlocks End – Great Malvern calls at Birmingham Moor Street at 09:24


09:13 Longbridge – Lichfield Trent Valley calls at Birmingham New Street at 09:36


09:01 Lichfield Trent Valley – Redditch calls at Birmingham New Street at 09:42


Better connection to London Paddington services from Worcester. The 10:12 Great Malvern – Stratford upon Avon departs 5 minutes earlier at 10:07, to enable you to travel on the Great Western Railway 10:25 service from Worcester Foregate Street – London Paddington service.


Later services on the Abbey Line with a new 23:04 departure from Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey and 23:26 departure from St Albans Abbey – Watford Junction.




London Overground

No significant changes have been announced for London Overground services.





Major improvement work will take place on Merseyrail’s Wirral line– including six weeks of full cross-river closure from 3 January 2017. The work, which will also support a new Merseyrail fleet on the network from the early 2020’s, is part of a £340m investment in the Liverpool City Region’s rail network over the next three years.





No significant changes have been made to Northern services.




A new timetable starts on Sunday 11 December 2016. ScotRail’s website has a route by route summary here.




The new Southeastern timetable, which will be in place from Sunday 11 December 2016 until May 2017, includes changes to some of its popular commuter services and some Sunday services. Those travelling on any of these trains should check the new timetable before they travel.

There’s good news for those travelling from Crofton Park, Bellingham or Sevenoaks, Dunton Green, Knockholt and/or Chelsfield. Crofton Park and Bellingham passengers will gain a new direct fast morning peak service to London Victoria (at present Southeastern trains from Crofton Park and Bellingham either go to London Blackfriars or London St Pancras International) while the hourly service from London Charing Cross to Orpington via Grove Park will be extended to Sevenoaks to provide two trains per hour for Chelsfield, Knockholt and Dunton Green on Sundays.


As part of the changes, Hayes to London Cannon Street services will be diverted from Lewisham to London Charing Cross and will call additionally at London Bridge and London Waterloo East, but will no longer serve St Johns or New Cross. Similarly, Sevenoaks to London Charing Cross trains will call additionally at London Bridge and London Waterloo East, but will no longer serve St Johns or New Cross.


In addition, extensive Thameslink related engineering works taking place on Sundays will mean trains to and from New Cross and St Johns will be replaced by bus services. Some of this work is being done at London Charing Cross; when this is the case, services will be diverted to London Cannon Street and some of the diverted services will call at New Cross and St. Johns.




South West Trains


The new timetable will be introduced from 11 December 2016. Improvements include:


A new peak time weekday service in both directions between London Waterloo, Vauxhall, Richmond, Putney and Twickenham to serve these key local employment centres.

A new London Waterloo to Hounslow service on Saturday mornings to give an extra travel option for those travelling to the Brentford and Isleworth areas.

A new Ascot to Reading service on weekdays, calling at Wokingham and Bracknell, following feedback received during Wokingham car park works.






A new timetable starts on Sunday 11 December 2016, although services will continue to be disrupted due to industrial action.






No significant changes have been announced for Thameslink services.



TransPennine Express

No significant changes have been announced for TransPennine Express services.



Virgin Trains


No significant changes have been announced for Virgin Trains services.





Virgin Trains East Coast


Virgin Trains East Coast is bolstering weekend services connecting Edinburgh and Newcastle following a surge in passengers crossing the border. Six new departures between the cities will be added from 11 December 2016 in the latest boost to the east coast timetable.


They include later services from Edinburgh on Friday and Saturday evenings, leaving at 22:01 and 20:00, and three new trains connecting the UK and Scottish capital on Sundays.


An additional 26 departures per week have been introduced at Morpeth, in Northumberland, with the later Edinburgh departures also calling at Dunbar, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Alnmouth.


10 new weekend services connecting Leeds to London come into place from the 12 December. The extra services will also call at Retford, Doncaster and Wakefield amongst other stops. The addition of further trains which will result in a twice hourly service on Saturdays, will take place in May next year.


8 new services connecting York to London throughout the week come into place from the 12 December, with an additional 22:57 London departure allowing customers to catch a West-end show or enjoy one more drink with friends before heading home. The extra weekday services will also call at Peterborough, Grantham, Newark North Gate and Doncaster and will result in 5,000 extra seats between York and London over the course of a week.



Changes to DRT in Rural Stirling  0


An interesting innovation – finally ending the artificial boundary at the former Central/Tayside (now Stirling/P&K) boundary to allow through travel six days a week for connections on the 15/15A to Crieff and Perth. Other than a school-based dead mileage killer, the link is only possible during the Summer times.


Changes to DRT in Rural Stirling

Thursday 1st December, 2016


Stirling Council funds six Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) services in rural areas that provide affordable transport and improved opportunities to access learning, training and work.

New or replacement DRT contracts started in August this year and feedback has been sought and received from rural communities as to how the existing DRT schemes could be enhanced.

As a result of this feedback, the Council has agreed to implement the following four requests:

-Extend the Balquhidder/Lochearnhead & Strathyre  DRT scheme to St Fillans, to connect with onward travel to Perth

-Extend the Trossachs DRT scheme to Blairdrummond Safari Park road end to allow connections with Service 59 (Callander – Stirling);

-Extend the Fintry DRT scheme to include Buchlyvie; and

-Extend the Fintry DRT scheme to allow direct journeys between Arnprior, Buchlyvie, and Balfron early on Saturday mornings, due to the recent withdrawal of commercial local bus journeys.

Council officers are required to seek agreement to these changes from the Office of the Traffic Commissioner. As such the changes will be registered to commence in mid-January 2017.

Other suggestions received may be considered in due course, as the engagement of Communities and their Community Councils in this is vital to ensure Stirling Council can constantly improve the services it provides.

Councillor Danny Gibson, Stirling Council’s Environment Convenor said: “I am really pleased that following community feedback and due to savings being made within the existing budget that our officers are able to facilitate these extensions to DRT provision in our more rural areas as this is a really valued service to the public.”

Stagecoach East Scotland changes January 2017  0

Xplore Dundee changes, From 3rd January 2017  0

Xplore Dundee changes, From 3rd January 2017


Service 1A/1B (St Mary’s – City Centre) (timetable is MONDAY TO FRIDAY ONLY – no change to Saturday or Sunday)

22.05 Service 1A from St Mary’s to City Centre will serve the Tesco call centre in Baird Avenue, at 22.12, matching the 23.05 one.


Services 5/9/10 (Barnhill – Ninewells and Outer Circle) (timetable is MONDAY TO FRIDAY ONLY – no change to Saturday or Sunday)

Service 10 at 20.40 and 21.40 from Ninewells Hospital will divert to pick up at Tesco’s call centre in Baird Avenue at 22.06 or 23.06, running five minutes later through to Ninewells Hospital. As a result, Service 5’s from Ninewells to City Centre at 22.30 and 23.30 will run five minutes later as a result.


Service 32/32A/33 (City Centre – Fintry/The Crescent) (timetable is MONDAY TO FRIDAY ONLY – no change to Saturday or Sunday)

Service 32 at 18.35 from Findowrie Street to City Centre will run as a Service 32A, picking up at Pension’s office/Jack Martin Way at 18.40, and then a few minutes later to the City Centre.


Stagecoach East: Changes to some services in January 2017  0


Have put together a composite of all the old and new and unchanged Stagecoach East timetables, so I can catch up! Those in black (be careful with 71/72 as new one is also black!) are in black, with a quick list of dates of the panel timetables.


You can download the lot at;


Changes to some services in January 2017


Services 9/X9 (Cambridge  – Waterbeach – Ely – Littleport/Chatteris)

  • Major changes to the timetable.
  • Through services reinstated through to March every 2 hours (with no requirement to change buses at Chatteris.).
  • Afternoon cycle of Chatteris/March buses will be one hour different from now – see Service 30/35.
  • Littleport service reduced to every 2 hours, which will still need a change of bus in Ely City Centre.
  • Buses still leave Cambridge at 15 to Landbeach/Waterbeach, and 45 past to Ely and beyond, and from Ely City Centre on the hour.
  • Check your new timetable carefully, as a result of these changes.


Service 10/10A (Cambridge – Bottisham – Burwell – Newmarket)

  • All journey times changed, as buses will be given about five-seven minutes longer to complete their journeys, and more journey time on Saturday morning to match the rest of the week service.
  • Buses (off-peak) will now leave from Cambridge at 15 past, and from Newmarket at 16 past the hour.
  • No change to the number of journeys or services, or to the number of buses diverting to serve Reach or Lode.
  • Check your new timetable carefully, as a result of these changes.


Services 11/12 (Bury St Edmunds or Ely/Soham –  Newmarket – Cambridge)

  • Buses will be amended to run five minutes throughout eastbound from Cambridge to Ely/Bury St Edmunds, but retaining same times westbound.
  • Buses will now leave Cambridge at 55 past (Service 11) or 25 past (Service 12), with returns from Newmarket, Ely and Bury St Edmund’s unchanged.
  • No change to the number of journeys or services.
  • Early morning and evening peak periods will see many changes to the running time on Saturday morning to match the rest of the week service.
  • Check your new timetable carefully, as a result of these changes.


Service 17 (Fen Estate – City Centre – Fulbourn – Stetchworth)

  • All journeys to Fen Estate removed from the timetable, and the entire off-peak (two hourly) daytime service (between Fen Estate – Fulbourn) withdrawn.
  • The service will be revised to consist of one peak bus per day, Monday to Saturday.
  • The Monday to Friday bus from Stetchworth to City Centre (St Andrews Street) will be revised to run 18 minutes earlier throughout, now leaving at 07.12 not 07.30. However, the timetable is unchanged on Saturdays. This journey will now terminate at Emmanuel Street Stop E3, instead of St Andrews Street).
  • The return bus (presently 17.28 from Fen Estate to Stetchworth) shall be put forward 15 minutes, and curtailed away from Fen Estate. The bus will leave Emmanuel Street at 18.00 (Monday to Friday) to Stetchworth, but 17.45 Saturday.


Service 26 (Cambridge – Foxton – Melbourn – Royston)

  • Major changes to the timetable, with the off peak service reduced (Monday to Saturday) from hourly to 2 hourly.
  • Before 09.06, and after 16.40 (Mon-Sat), the timetable for Service 26 is unchanged from that of now – it is only the number of off peak buses being removed.
  • The remaining off peak journeys (Monday to Friday) will leave Cambridge 08.40, 10.40, 12.40, 14.40, returning from Roysia Surgery/Burns Road Turning Circle Royston at 09.42, 11.42, 13.42, 15.42.
  • Service 27 (Cambridge – Guilden Morden) is unchanged at this time.
  • Check your new timetable carefully, as a result of these changes.


Service 30/35 (Huntingdon – Warboys – Ramsey or March)

  • Major changes to the timetable.
  • As a result of changes to Service 9 being extended once again, through services to and from March, Service 35 is withdrawn (during the day) between these hours.
  • Afternoon cycle of Chatteris/March buses will be one hour different from now. This means that after 10.52 from March, journeys from March beyond Chatteris on Service 35 will see a connection delay of over one hour at Chatteris. It means that the first immediate connection for March will be the 11.23 from Huntingdon.
  • Most buses now run from Huntingdon at 23 past the hour instead of 30 past the hour. Most arrivals into Huntindgon, by contrast, will be about ten minutes later.
  • Check your new timetable carefully, as a result of these changes.


Service 51 (Bedford – Clapham – Oakley – Rushden)

  • Revised timetable, with off peak buses from Oakley running about five/six minutes later than now, with buses leaving Oakley at 07 and 37 past the hour. Buses will still leave Bedford at 15 and 45 past the hour.
  • 50 and 06.15 (latter school days only) 51 from Bedford to Rushden now runs five minutes earlier throughout.
  • 45 51 from Rushden to Bedford now runs five/six minutes later.
  • 02 51 (both SDO and NSD) from Oakley to Bedford, will run five/six minutes later.
  • 45 51 from Bedford will now arrive a little later throughout from Clapham to Rushden, meaning that the 18.50 51 from Rushden to Bedford runs five/six minutes later.
  • No change to the number of journeys or services.
  • Check your new timetable carefully, as a result of these changes.


Service 53 (Bedford – Wootton – Cranfield – Milton Keynes)

  • Service withdrawn between Cranfield University and Milton Keynes. This section of route remains covered up to twice per hour, by Uno.
  • Buses will still leave Bedford around 15 (Cranfield), 35 (Wootton) and 55 (Wootton) from Bedford Bus Station, but will get about four minutes more running time. As a result, return buses from Wootton are now at 19, 39, 59 past, with the one bus from Cranfield now leaving at 23 past the hour.
  • Check your new timetable carefully, as a result of these changes.


Service 66 (Huntingdon – Brampton – Little Braxton – St Neots – Eaton Ford)

  • Other than the first bus northbound, and the last southbound through bus from Huntingdon, the service is withdrawn after St Neots Market Square, and off-peak no longer serving Eaton Ford or Eaton Socon. This section of route remains covered up to twice per hour, by Whippet.
  • Buses from Huntingdon will largely be five minutes later (now 20 past the hour) and from St Neots five minutes earlier (now also 20 past the hour).
  • Check your new timetable carefully, as a result of these changes.


Services 71/72 (Bedford – Shefford – Henlow – Hitchin)

  • Entire Monday – Saturday evening service, consisting of the 19.35 and 21.35 Service 72 from Bedford, and the 20.40 and 22.40 returns from Hitchin, are withdrawn.
  • The last Monday-Saturday buses on this route now become 18.05 (71) and 18.35 (72) from Bedford, and 19.10 (72) and 19.40 (71) from Hitchin.


Service 73 (Bedford – Sandy – Biggleswade)

  • From 4th December 2016, a new timetable was to be introduced, including the reinstatement of service at Engayne Avenue in Sandy (see above).
  • From 1st January 2017, entire evening service, consisting of the 20.00 and 21.40 Friday/Saturday from Biggleswade, and the 20.50 and 22.50 Friday/Saturday returns from Bedford, are withdrawn. A new timetable, which combines these with the December changes, can be found further on.


Service 74 (Bedford – Cople – Biggleswade)

  • Service withdrawn by Stagecoach in it’s entirety.
  • Grant Palmer will provide a replacement service. The level of service will be pretty much the same as now, but there are a few minutes’ change on almost all journeys.


Service citi1 (Arbury – Cherry Hinton/Fulbourn)

  • Minor changes to the timetable.
  • 40 from Arbury to Stetchworth will no longer serve Windmill Lane in Fulbourn.


Service citi3 (Fison Road/Whitehill Estate – Cherry Hinton/Fulbourn)

  • Minor changes to the timetable.
  • All Monday to Saturday evening buses will run 2 minutes earlier throughout.


Service citi7 (Saffron Walden – Sawston – City Centre)

  • Minor changes to the timetable.
  • Changes to many journeys by a few minutes, in the evening peak.


Service citi8 (Cottenham – Histon – City Centre)

  • Minor changes to the timetable.

18.10 City Centre – Rampton and 18.40 City Centre – Cottenham now leave City Centre five minutes later.

Stagecoach East catchup: Changes to some services in November and December 2016  0

Stagecoach East catchup: Changes to some services in November and December 2016

For more timetables and changes, see the next post…

We are making changes to some services in November and December 2016 in Cambridge and Bedford as well as a minor change to Busway services.


From Monday 14th November 2016 –  Busway A :

The 0722 Busway A from Godmanchester to Cambridge will depart Godmanchester at 0715 and operate earlier between Godmanchester and Hartford Marina. Please note this service will also serve RAF Wyton as a partial replacement for Whippet Service 1A that will be reduced from the same date.


From Sunday 20th November 2016 – Cambridge Citi 8, Park and Ride and Tour:

  • Cambridge Citi 8 will use Emmanuel Street E1 instead of St Andrews Street stop S3 in the City Centre.  Click HERE to view the updated timetable.
  • The City Sightseeing Tour will serve St Andrew’s Street stop S4 instead of S3.



Major Changes to Cambridge Park and Ride from 20th November 2016

We have been monitoring park&ride services over the past few months and despite our best efforts, some services continue to be delayed at peak times due to the amount of traffic on the road. So that we can give the best possible service we are making the following changes:


  • The Red park&ride and the Green park&ride will be split into separate services, all starting and terminating in the city centre..
  • In general, frequencies will remain the same. The timetables for the separate services will remain largely the same between the park&ride sites and the City Centre.
  • Some stops will change though. See below/next page for full details.


To/from Madingley Road park&ride

PR1 will operate between the City Centre and Madingley Road park&ride. This service will also serve the stop on Jesus Lane, near Belmont Place, so customers can access the Grafton Centre. This service will also be using St Andrews Street instead of Drummer Street. Buses from Central Cambridge to Madingley Road will depart from St Andrews Street stop S3. These buses will also continue to serve Bridge Street in both directions.


To/from Newmarket Road park&ride

PR2 will operate between Newmarket Road and Central Cambridge. Buses towards Cambridge before 9am will continue to serve Napier Street instead of Grafton Centre bus facility. Towards Newmarket Road, this service will depart from Drummer Street stop D2. The service will also use different stops at Cambridge Retail Park. Towards Cambridge it won’t use the stop outside Travelodge. It will serve the stop opposite Tesco instead. After 9am the service will continue to serve Grafton Centre in both directions.

To/from Trumpington park&ride

PR3 will continue to operate as it currently does. However, it will serve Fitzwilliam Museum instead of the stop just before Pembroke Street. No other changes will be made.


To/from Babraham Road park&ride

PR4 will operate between Babraham Road and Central Cambridge. The service will not serve Grafton Centre and it will start/terminate at Emmanuel Street stop E5. Buses will continue to serve Cambridge Leisure to drop off customers on the inbound journeys before 10:30 and pick up customers travelling towards Babraham Road after 15:00 Customers that use the current service between Addenbrooke’s /Cambridge Rail Station to/from Cambridge Science Park can use the Busway A instead.


To/from Milton park&ride

PR5 will operate between Milton park&ride and Central Cambridge. The bus will operate a one way loop in the city centre. The bus will stop at Victoria Avenue to drop off customers, Drummer Street stop D1 and then Grafton Centre before heading back towards Milton. Customers from Milton travelling to the Grafton can either get off the bus at Victoria Avenue or remain on the bus on its journey back towards Milton as it will call at Grafton on the way back. Customers travelling between Cambridge Rail Station and Cambridge Science Park can use the Busway A service instead.


All park&ride services will also continue to serve all stops on the route after 1830 each day.


New Buses Coming Soon!

We’ve also got some brand new buses coming towards the end of December. They’ll have free wi-fi, charging points as well as other fantastic features. Each route will have distinctive and unique branding.  More information about our new buses will be available soon!


Until they arrive, the current fleet will remain in service, so keep an eye on the destination on the front of the bus as we may need to use a different bus to usual.


From Sunday 27th November 2016 – Bedford services 40, 41 and 42:

Due to the withdrawal of funding by Milton Keynes Council, the 40 service will be withdrawn entirely. Some parts of the route will still be covered by revised service 41.


Service 41 will be increased to operate every 30 minutes between Bedford and Bromham via Biddenham. For most of the day, one of those services an hour will extend to Stagsden, and the other to Northampton.  Services between Bedford and Northampton will also operate to a revised timetable to improve reliability.


We will also be making minor changes to the 42 service to improve reliability.



From Sunday 4th December – Bedford service 73:

We are pleased to advise that from this date, the service 73 will again serve Engayne Avenue in Sandy. We will be making small changes to the timetable to improve reliability.


TfL Tender Results, 2nd December 2016  0

Notification of Tender Results   


2nd December 2016


LBSL intends to enter into new contracts for the following routes with the operators listed below:


Route               Current Operator          New Operator               PVR     Vehicles          

70                     Tower Transit                 London United              19         Single deck (details TBC)

120                   London United              Metroline                       17         New Euro VI hybrid double deck

C1                    London United              London United              15         Single deck (details TBC)

R68                  Abellio West London     Abellio West London     10         New Euro VI diesel single deck

R70                  Abellio West London     Abellio West London     11         New Euro VI diesel single deck


Contracts will commence on the following dates:


24th June 2017: Routes 70, 120, R68 & R70.

1st July 2017: Route C1.


TfL Tender Results, 8th September 2016  0

Notification of Tender Results   


8th September 2016


LBSL intends to enter into new contracts for the following routes with the operators listed below:


Route               Current Operator          New Operator               PVR     Vehicles          

308                   Tower Transit                 Tower Transit                 13         New Euro VI hybrid double deck

309                   CT Plus                         CT Plus                           9        2012 Euro V diesel single deck*

W11                  Arriva London North      CT Plus                         10         New Euro VI diesel single deck

W12                  CT Plus                         CT Plus                           7        2010 Euro V diesel single deck*

W13                  CT Plus                         CT Plus                           7        New Euro VI diesel single deck**

W14                  Tower Transit                 Tower Transit                 10         2012 Euro V diesel single deck*

W15                  Tower Transit                 Tower Transit                 21         2012 Euro V diesel single deck

W16                  London General             CT Plus                           9        New Euro VI diesel single deck


* One vehicle will be a new Euro VI diesel.

** One vehicle will be a 2010 Euro V diesel double deck.


Contracts will commence on the following dates:


25th February 2017: Route W14.

4th March 2017: Routes 308, 309, W11, W12, W15 & W16.

11th March 2017: Route W13.

Reading Buses Fares and ticketing change – 5th September 2016  0

Reading Buses Fares and ticketing change – 5th September 2016



For the first time in two years, we are reviewing our fares across our entire network on Monday 5th September. Whilst we have changed individual fares and tickets (including reducing our simplyNetwork fares last summer), there has not been a full fares review since October 2014!

We have been seeing rising costs associated with lots of the investment that we put into our buses and people over the last year. We have held our fares for as long as possible, but we have now had to review them to ensure that we can continue to provide the best service in the country!

We are also changing our Solo fares – you can read more about that here, but Solo is now being renamed as Boost! It’s also being extended to allow students at Reading University, Reading College, UTC Reading, Newbury College and Bracknell & Wokingham College to take advantage of the cheaper fares up to 21 as long as they show valid ID from their university or college. We will be operating a challenge 21 policy – so if you look older, you will need to show a valid college or university ID otherwise you will be charged the appropriate adult fare!

Find out more about Boost here.


what’s changed?

As part of our fares review, we have sought to simplify fares wherever we can to make it easier for you to find the right ticket. Below is a list of the main changes, but keep reading for the full list of all the changes.

  • simplyReading single fare – adult £2, Boost £1.50
  • adult returns are replaced by a reduced £4 day ticket in the simplyReading area
  • a new 60 minute transfer ticket is introduced – use multiple buses within an hour! Adults £2.50 Boost £2.
  • simplyReading adult 7 day – £15 online (& mTicket), £17 on bus or at the bus shop
  • simplyNetwork 7 day – reduced to £19.50 online and £21 on bus or at the bus shop
  • the jet black, lime, leopard and pink 25 7 day tickets are now replaced by the simplyNetwork ticket
  • the simplyReading ‘4 goTogether’ group ticket becomes £9 on weekdays before 6pm and £6 at all other times (weekends, public and school holidays)

‘appy’ changes – including frozen fares on mTickets!

As part of the changes, we are also launching our new app for smartphone users! This new app allows you to buy your bus tickets on your phone, meaning no need to fumble for change any longer! Simply register an account, choose your ticket, pay by card and away you go! The mTickets are activated on your phone and then scanned by the ticket machines. As a special introductory offer, the single fares on the app will be the pre-fares change price (£1.90 for adults and £1.40 for Boost) and the simplyReading 7 day tickets will be just £15 for adults and £11 for Boost customers – same as online prices! Check out all the fares available below:

   single  day  7 day  60-minute transfer
 adult  £1.90  £4  £15  £2.50
 Boost (18 & under)  £1.40  £2.50  £11  £2


simplyReading changes

If you only make journeys in the simplyReading area, you can check out all the changes below. We have withdrawn the adult returns, so now you can buy a reduced price all-day ticket instead to cover your journeys.
Please note, due to the withdrawal of returns in the simplyReading area, the special £2.50 return on scarlet 9 has been withdrawn.

To offset other changes, the easysaver 10 and boostsaver 10 will be held at £16 and £12 respectively online (£17 and £13 at the bus shop)

on bus

   single  return  all day  7 day  60-minute transfer
 adult  £2  N/A – use day  £4†  £17  £2.50
 Boost (18 & under)  £1.50  N/A – use day  £2.50    £2

†£3 after 6pm.


single fares – add 10p

All single fares in the simplyReading area increase by 10p. This means that short hop fares at £1.20 will now become £1.30, including the single fare on bronze 11. The special single fare on emerald becomes £1.70.

The Lower Caversham Shuttle fare however, remains at £1.


4 goTogether group

The group ticket in the simplyReading area becomes £9 during Monday to Fridays before 6pm and £6 at all other times (after 6pm Monday to Friday, all day at weekends, public and school holidays)



   7 day  30 day  90 day  365 day  -saver 10
 adult  £15  £57  £155  £575  easysaver 10 £16
 Boost (18 & under)  £11  £42  £118  £350*  boostsaver 10 £12

*Boost academic school year – not valid for 365 days. 

Reading bus shop

   7 day  30 day  90 day  365 day  -saver 10
 adult  £17  £61  £165  £590  easysaver 10 £17
 Boost (18 & under)  £12  £43  £120  £360*  boostsaver 10 £13

*Boost academic school year – not valid for 365 days.


simplyNewbury & Thatcham

For specific jet black information, please see the simplyNetwork section.

on bus

   all day  7 day
 adult  £4  £17
 Boost (18 & under)  £2.50  £12*

*only available as a top-up for an existing simplyNewbury smartcard


   7 day  30 day  90 day  365 day
 adult  £15  £57  £155  £575
 Boost (18 & under)  £11  £42  £118  £350 (academic year)

Reading bus shop

   7 day  30 day  90 day  365 day
 adult  £17  £61  £165  £590
 Boost (18 & under)  £12  £43  £120  £360 (academic year)


simplyWokingham & Bracknell

For specific lion 4/X4 information, please see the simplyNetwork section.

on bus

   all day  7 day
 adult  £4  £17
 Boost (18 & under)  £2.50  £12*

*only available as a top-up for an existing simplyWokingham smartcard


   7 day  30 day  90 day  365 day
 adult  £15  £57  £155  £575
 Boost (18 & under)  £11  £42  £118  £350 (academic year)

Reading bus shop

   7 day  30 day  90 day  365 day
 adult  £17  £61  £165  £590
 Boost (18 & under)  £12  £43  £120  £360 (academic year)



The simplyBracknell adult fares remain the same, but the Boost 7 day fare changes to £7 and 30 day to £28.



If you travel between any of our simply zones, you will need a simplyNetwork pass!

on bus

   all day  7 day
 adult  £7  £21
 Boost (18 & under)  £4  £17 (only as a top-up)


   7 day  30 day  90 day  365 day
 adult  £19.50  £81  £220  £830
 Boost (18 & under)  £16  £61  £167  £495 (academic year)


Reading bus shop

   7 day  30 day  90 day  365 day
 adult  £21  £86  £235  £845
 Boost (18 & under)  £17  £62  £170  £510 (academic year)




lion changes

We have changed the fares for Boost customers on much of the lion route. These are, however, now available up to the age of 18 at all times and for 19-21 year olds on production of a valid university or college ID.


route specific 7 day tickets on rural services

To simplify our offering, we are replacing the jet black, lime, leopard and pink 25 7 day tickets with a reduced price simplyNetwork 7 day ticket!

This will be priced at £19.50 online or £21 on bus – which would have been the price for these tickets had they stayed. The benefit of this is that you will now be able to use any bus in our network!


rural group tickets

Just like the 7 day tickets, we are replacing the individual group tickets with the simplyNetwork group ticket. This ticket is for up to four people travelling together.

£15 before 9.30am on Monday to Friday – £10 after 9.30am Monday to Friday, all day on Weekends, public and school holidays.


opensaver on leopard

The opensaver will be discontinued due to low usage. With the reduction of the simplyNetwork 7 day ticket, this should provide a better option for these customers.


simplyUni, unisaver 10 and Boost

With the extension of Boost to encompass Reading University students aged 19-21, we have decided to discontinue the unisaver 10 product. If you are a student at Reading University aged 19-21, you will be able to show your University ID and receive Boost fares instead!

For students over the age of 21 (or University staff) you should instead now purchase the easysaver 10 product – this has had its price held at £16 to match the price that unisaver 10 would have increased to online.

The simplyUni term, academic year and annual tickets have been held and can still be purchased by all Reading University students and staff.











Abellio Surrey has announced planned changes to bus services in the county from 31 December 2016, for commercial and operational reasons.

It intends making changes to two services run on a commercial basis.  Service 446 (Woking to Heathrow Terminal 5) is to be withdrawn between Staines and Heathrow and service 461 (Kingston to Staines) is to be withdrawn between Addlestone and Staines.

At the same time, Abellio has sought to be released from county council contracts for nine services that are subsidised by the council, none of which are part of the ongoing Local Transport Review.

These are: 81 Woking-Barnsbury Estate (Sundays only), 436 Woking-Brooklands (Sundays only), 458 Kingston-Staines, 514 Kingston-Addlestone, 515 Kingston-Guildford, 555 Heathrow-Hersham, 556/557 Woking-Chertsey/Sunbury and 663 Walton on Thames to Esher High School.

A spokesman for Abellio said: “This decision has not been taken lightly. Although substantially downsizing our operation, it is designed to secure a sustainable future for Abellio Surrey so that we can continue to deliver a quality service to the majority of our passengers.”

Mike Goodman, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning at Surrey County Council said: “We tried to find a solution with Abellio but now our focus is on trying to make alternative arrangements to cover the services that have been affected by their decision.”

The county council intends during the autumn to engage with the public on potential changes to services currently run by Abellio.  Nearer the date of introduction of the changes, further information and new timetables will be available by visiting or


Note: Attached are further details of those Abellio bus services that, subject to final agreement on support from January 2017, are to be changed or withdrawn and those that are to continue in their current form.



39A/B/C Woking area shoppers services

40 Ripley-Woking shopper service

81 Woking-Barnsbury Estate (Mondays to Saturdays)

400 Walton-Shepperton-Charlton-Staines

438 Staines-Royal Estate

441 Heathrow-Staines-Englefield Green

513 Downside-Esher-Kingston

566/567 Staines-Egham-Virginia Water

570/571/572/574 Spelthorne area shoppers services

637 Byfleet-Weybridge-Salesian School

690 Worpleson-Brookwood-Winston Churchill and St. John Baptist Schools

814 Molesey-Esher High School


446 Woking-Staines-Stanwell Moor-Terminal 5 – to be withdrawn Staines to Terminal 5

461 Kingston-Walton-Weybridge-Addlestone-St Peter’s Hospital-Staines – to be withdrawn Addlestone to Staines, but with a replacement service 459: Walton-Vicarage Fields Estate-Walton Hospital-Walton Station-Weybridge-Addlestone-St. Peter’s Hospital

564 Whiteley Village-Hersham-Walton Hospital-Walton-Vicarage Fields-Xcel Leisure Centre – to be withdrawn between Walton and Xcel, but replaced at Vicarage Fields by new service 459 (above)


81  Woking-Barnsbury Estate (Sundays)

436 Woking-Sheerwater-West Byfleet-Byfleet-Brooklands (Sundays)

458 Kingston-Esher-Hersham-Walton-Shepperton-Staines

514 Kingston-Thames Ditton-Molesey-Hersham-Weybridge-Brooklands-Addlestone

515 Kingston-Thames Ditton-Esher-Cobham-Ripley-Guildford

555 Heathrow-Ashford-Sunbury-Shepperton-Walton-Hersham

556 Woking-Sheerwater-Woodham-New Haw-Addlestone-Chertsey

557 Woking-Sheerwater-West Byfleet-New Haw-Addlestone-St. Peter’s Hospital-Chertsey-Shepperton-Sunbury

663 Walton-Hersham-Esher High School