London Buses Update - Electric Special
transport videos cameras have again been out and about in
the capital recording more changes to the contemporary bus scene for you to
enjoy. This is the second DVD programme
in the occasional series recording the bus scene in London. In this edition we feature the new electric
buses, which are being introduced into London.
They are BYD/ADL200EV single deckers operated by Go-Ahead now entering service on the 507
and 521 ‘Red Arrow’ routes and BYD K8SR Electric double deckers operated
by Metroline which are allocated to
Willesden garage now running on the 98 route to Holborn. We feature these
vehicles in greater detail in the second part of this programme.
The first part of this DVD was shot in early
June 2016 and features various locations.
These include, Trafalgar Square, Cockspur Street, Whitehall, Parliament
Square, Hyde Park Corner, Duke of Wellington Place and Buckingham Palace
Road. As you will see the New
Routemaster now rules the road in these busy locations. A number of them now sport overall
advertisements, which adds a welcome splash of colour amongst the standard red
of the majority of London buses. At the
time of filming some of the New Routemasters were receiving opening windows
to their upper and lower saloons. These
can be seen as the buses pass our cameras.
Another point to note is that since filming, the earlier New
Routemasters now no longer operate with their rear door open with an
‘attendant’ standing on the platform, so look out and see the final routes with
their ‘attendant’ on the platform still in place!
The second part of this programme was filmed
on the 29th September 2016.
Our locations include Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Street, Willesden,
Holborn, Waterloo Station, Waterloo Bridge, Tenison Way and Waterloo Road. We take a ride from Oxford Street to
Willesden bus garage on board BYD1475 (LJ16 EZR), a BYD K8SR Electric 10.2M
double decker, on route 98. This almost
silent journey is quite remarkable!
Older viewers will be taken back to days of the trolleybuses, as we
glide along the busy streets from the West End to the suburb of Willesden. The only sounds you will hear are the stop
announcements, bell and almost silent electric motor propelling the bus along! On arrival at Willesden we film the action on
Pound Street outside the busy Metroline bus garage, seeing both hybrid
and diesel buses leaving and passing the garage. Our cameras then travel to Holborn onboard
sister vehicle BYD1474.
locations on this programme are at Waterloo.
Here we film the rush hour with many types of buses passing our cameras. Brand new ADL Enviro400H City double
deckers are seen on the 26 route operated by CT Plus. Look out for New Routemaster LT800
newly into service. From the older order
we see a good number of Plaxton President and ALX400 double
deckers operating some peak- hour specials.
Keeping our ‘Electric’ theme we see many brand new BYD/ADL200EV single
deckers on the 507 & 521 routes.
Some are still to receive their ‘Buses’ roundel and Go-Ahead fleet names - they are so
new! SEe24 (LJ66 CGG) is seen out on
driver familiarisation. We hope you
enjoy this update and we look forward to bringing you further editions in the
|| 70 mins
|| Within UK - £16
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|| DVD -R
|| Picture Aspect 16:9