Inspiro-ing the Piccadilly Line – a look at TfL’s new trains

Piccadilly Line Inspiro

Transport for London (TfL) and Siemens Mobility have unveiled the detailed design of the new generation Tube trains for the Piccadilly line, which will soon be in production to replace the existing 1970s fleet. 94 new Siemens Inspiro ‘2024 Stock’ trains are due for delivery starting in 2025. The state-of-the-art Tube trains will significantly improve […]

#AYearOfBuses 360: Elephant & Castle – Royal Albert Hall

London bus 360

It’s day 360 on #AYearOfBuses! Today, we’re taking a look at London’s first hybrid electric bus route. The 360 was London’s first bus route to trial hybrid electric technology, with a fleet of six Wright Electrocity hybrid single deckers introduced in 2006. They ran alongside six diesel buses for comparison, and though hybrid buses have […]

#AYearOfBuses 358: Crystal Palace – Orpington

London bus 358

Merry Christmas! Today’s Christmas Eve, and it’s also day 358 on #AYearOfBuses. London’s route 358 is an interesting one. Formerly a commercially-operated route run by Metrobus, it became a TfL-tendered route in 2002 – who promptly awarded it to Metrobus. Go-Ahead restructured its operations in 2014, transferring the 358 to its London General subsidiary in […]

#AYearOfBuses 355: Walthamstow – Oxford Circus

London bus 55

Welcome to day 355 on #AYearOfBuses, where we’re taking a look at another important London bus route. Stagecoach’s 55 has a rich history, starting life initially as a tram and later a trolleybus route – the 55 and 555 respectively. Buses replaced trolleybuses in 1959, 20 years after trolleybuses themselves replaced trams in 1939. The […]

#AYearOfBuses 354: 453 Deptford Bridge – Aldgate

London bus 453

IT’s day 354 on #AYearOfBuses – and with some creative license, we’re switching things round – to 453! London’s route 453 was another newcomer to be ran initially in the hands of Mercedes-Benz Citaro G artics, initially under the care of Stagecoach London’s Plumstead garage. It was created in 2003 as part of preparations for […]

#AYearOfBuses 346: St Bart’s – Lancaster Gate

London bus 46

Welcome to day 346 on #AYearOfBuses – and a London bus route which well and truly defines ‘around the houses’! Metroline’s 46 runs from Lancaster Gate, close to Hyde Park and Paddington, across to St Bart’s Hospital, close to the City of London and St Paul’s. These days, it’s home to a fleet of ADL […]

#AYearOfBuses 345: Peckham – South Kensington

London bus 345

From rags to riches, it’s day 345 on #AYearOfBuses! London’s route 345 takes you from Peckham, the home of Only Fools and Horses, to South Kensington – home to the V&A, the Natural History Museum, the Royal College of Music, and many, many more British institutions. Courtesy of Abellio, it’s home to a fleet of […]

#AYearOfBuses 343: Friern Barnet – London Bridge

London bus 43

Today’s day 343 on #AYearOfBuses, and we’re taking a look at the 43 – London’s first all-electric double decker bus route. Courtesy of Metroline, the 43 became London’s first all-electric double deck bus route back in July 2019, when the operator launched a fleet of ADL Enviro400City-bodied BYD electric ‘deckers running from its Holloway garage. […]

#AYearOfBuses 342: Liverpool Street – East Dulwich

London bus 42

Welcome to day 342 on #AYearOfBuses – and London’s long-established route 42! Tracing its history all the way back to 1912, when it ran between Finsbury Park and Clapton Pond via Seven Sisters, the 42 is one of the capital’s longest-established routes – though it’s been through its fair number of changes in that time! […]

#AYearOfBuses 338: Victoria – Clapton Pond

London bus 38

Can you believe it? We haven’t managed to feature London’s most frequent bus route yet on #AYearOfBuses. Well today, we’re putting that right. The 38 is London’s most frequent bus route, with a bus scheduled up to every 2 minutes during the peaks. It links Clapton Pond with Islington Angel, Holborn, Piccadilly and Victoria, right […]

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