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The London Volvo B7TL (Hardback)

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By Matthew Wharmby
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 272
Illustrations: 500 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526786951
Published: 11th November 2021


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At the turn of the century Volvo found itself in a three-way tussle with Dennis and DAF to design and produce Britain’s first low-floor double-deck buses. The resulting B7TL was later into service in London than its competitors, but quickly caught up to achieve parity with the Dennis Trident. Two lengths were available and three bodies, by Alexander, Plaxton and East Lancs. Between them, London’s TfL-contracted London bus operators took over two thousand Volvo B7TLs between 2000 and 2006, after which noise problems obliged Volvo to develop the B9TL and its later B5LH hybrid. The Volvo B7TLs saw sterling service in the capital for two decades, with the last leaving service in the first week of 2021.

As featured in: 'A salute to two modern London giants'


This is the latest in Matthew Wharmby’s series on the various London bus types, and is similar in style and content. There is comprehensive text covering the history of the type, followed by full details of the introduction changes and final demise. It is copiously illustrated throughout. The period covered was one where much of the variety of liveries was largely supercede by overall; red, but it is interesting to see that even with this restriction variety did survive.

PSV Circle - December 2021

About Matthew Wharmby

MATTHEW WHARMBY is an author, photographer and editor who specialises in London bus history. His published books include Routemaster Requiem and Routemaster Retrospective (with Geoff Rixon), London Transport 1970-1984 (with R.C. Riley), The London Titan and The London Metrobus. He has also written many articles for Buses, Bus & Coach Preservation, Classic Bus and London Bus Magazine. This is his twelfth book for Pen and Sword; the others are London Transport’s Last Buses: Leyland Olympians L 1-263, The London Bendy Bus, The London Enviro400, The London DMS, The London LS, Last Years of the London Titan, Last Years of the London Metrobus, The London Volvo B9TL and B5LH, The London Dennis Trident, The London Volvo B7TL and (with John Laker), London Buses 1970-80.

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