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London Buses: Review of 1998 (Hardback)

Transport > Buses

By Matthew Wharmby
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Transport Systems
Pages: 96
Illustrations: Over 180
ISBN: 9781802829433
Published: 30th June 2024

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"This time a quarter of a century ago, London was three years on from the privatisation of its red buses. The resulting independent companies were now dividing and regrouping amongst themselves, often submitting to takeovers from big groups armed with venture capital. There were also spectacular collapses as other firms found they could not hack the pitiless hurly-burly of London’s tendering arena, with unlimited variety offered by the rushing to assist on the stricken routes of still more companies again.

As low-floor single-deckers (mostly Dennis Dart SLFs) and mostly Volvo Olympian double-deckers continued to make inroads into the still large fleets of MCW Metrobuses and Leyland Titans distributed between the post-London Buses Ltd companies, the picture was gradually beginning to change. The rush to be the first manufacturer to put out the first low-floor double-decker was also well under way, with unlimited opportunities for the winner.

With over 210 colour and black and white pictures, this book covers the calendar year 1998 from start to finish, not only cataloguing the myriad route and vehicle changes, but other fascinating aspects of the London bus scene, from rallies to adverts, public holiday services, rail replacements and open-top tours."

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