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London's Buses 1979–1994 (Hardback)

The Capital's Bus Network in Transition

Transport London Photographic Books Colour Books 20th Century Buses London Transport

By Andrew Bartlett
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 256
Illustrations: 230 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526755469
Published: 11th November 2021

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In 1979, fresh from its general election victory, the Conservative government began formulating plans to deregulate bus services and privatise the companies operating them in England, Scotland and Wales. London was not to be excluded, so from the outset, London Buses was broken up into several areas and from 1985, a tendering system was introduced which permitted other operators to bid for the routes. Opposition from the Labour group at the Greater London Council had to be dealt with – eventually achieved by abolishing it in 1986. However, as each subsequent year passed, promises that deregulation was coming were not met. In late 1992, the privatisation timetable was set, and was ultimately completed at the end of 1994. The issue of deregulation never resurfaced.

Copiously illustrated with over 270 photographs, virtually all of which are being published for the first time, this is the story of London Buses over those sixteen tumultuous years. To give greater context to the narrative, annual vehicle acquisition listings show how purchasing policy changed over the period; important route changes, tendering gains and losses and a fleet list for the entire period are also included.

Copiously illustrated with over 270 photographs, virtually all of which are being published for the first time, this is the story of London Buses over sixteen tumultuous years. To give greater context to the narrative, annual vehicle acquisition listings show how purchasing policy changed over the period; important route changes, tendering gains and losses and a fleet list for the entire period are also included. There are also interesting maps showing the changes in bus garages in the period. It’s a well produced quality book, which will sit well on the shelves of anyone interested in the buses of our capital city.

PSV Circle - December 2021

About Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett has previously written about the history of public transport in his home city of Leicester, the Western National company and buses along the route of the South West Coast Path. He now focuses on London, where he worked for several years, to chart the politicised and protracted saga of London Buses’ privatisation, a process which took the sixteen years between 1979 and 1994, to complete. For many years a consultant working in the Inland Revenue/HMRC, he has since retirement also set crosswords for the Financial Times and the New Statesman and developed a keen interest in genealogy. Married to Debbie, he now lives in south Devon.

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