London Bus Volume 6

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By: Key Publishing
£7.99 (Approx $10.03 or €9.07)



Over 132 pages, the sixth volume of The London Bus celebrates the red double-deckers and other buses that have served the UK's capital city for the past 100 years and more.

In words and pictures - mostly in colour - expert authors tell the story of London's buses from classic designs of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s to the latest zero-emission battery electric vehicles that address growing public concern about air quality.

Classic double-deckers - We look at the new lives of the best known of all London buses, the Routemaster, focusing on one small operator's plans to operate a heritage service in central London that will be marketed as an experience and not just an ordinary bus ride. We also profile some of those providing afternoon tea and cocktails tours in London, Brighton and Edinburgh.

Classic single-deckers — Less common than their double-deck counterparts, the single-deck buses that London Transport purchased in the 1950s played a vital role in maintaining suburban and rural services and hold a special place in many bus fans' hearts. We tell their story, and also those of minibuses that have provided new types of local bus services from the 1970s onwards.

Routes and garages — We profile five bus routes in different parts of London, riding them from end to end, describing not just the vehicles but the areas that they cover and some of the architecture, pubs, shops and public parks to be seen along they way. We also have the stories of four of the bus garages that help provide London's extensive bus network, looking at their history, the routes they operate and the vehicles based there.

The future - Transport for London wants its buses of the 2020s and 2030s to operate more safely than ever before. We look at some of the measures that may be taken to meet a goal that nobody willbe killed or seriously injured on or by a London bus.


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