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N 10 B 2.0K C 0 E Jun 3, 2007 F Mar 26, 2021
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Much of the following has been adapted from Ian Smith’s excellent Ian’s Bus Stop website. London Buses had gone through a dreadful phase in the 1980s when the fashion became breadvan-derived minibuses that were supposed to nip through the traffic and into estates where real buses could not go. They nipped alright; but with breadvan suspension and heavy clogs on the brake pedals, they did not endear themselves to passengers. The launch of the Dennis Dart in 1990 marked a return to some kind of sanity in bus design. They may have been small but were properly-designed buses. Dennis had hitherto only been a minor player in the bus market, but its expertise in other sectors had led it to cure the braking problems that had previously bedevilled small-wheeled bus designs. Of the many body designs, the box-like Reeve Burgess (later Plaxton) Pointer was probably the most versatile and enduring, being built in a wide range of configurations; and the Dennis Dart/ Plaxton Pointer is widely acclaimed as the bus of the decade (26-Mar-21).

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Tags:   Dennis Dart Plaxton Pointe I Arriva South London P829 RWU

N 33 B 9.9K C 3 E May 3, 2009 F Jan 5, 2013
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Despite the well-publicised problems, it does seem as though the articulated bus was short-changed in London; but, perhaps, that's not surprising in a country that cannot deal with the 'wrong kind' of snow. In terms of vehicle types, it was almost a one-horse race: First ran some Wright Eclipse Fusions, but otherwise it was the Mercedes-Benz Citaro-G.

Arriva bought Citaros for its London operations, but switched to the Scania Omnicity for its Waterland franchise in the Netherlands. This fictional image shows what an Omnicity might have looked like with Arriva London (the white roof is a later addition to the basic London-specification livery). Like the Citaros, these vehicles would, no doubt, have ultimately been transferred to Arriva Malta (05-Jan-13).

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Tags:   Scania Omnicity Arriva London North

N 21 B 6.5K C 1 E Jun 26, 2008 F Mar 18, 2013
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Please see the Ensignbus version for the background to this image. This version is presented in the interim version of Arriva’s London livery, without the 'cow horn' of the earlier design or the current TfL ‘London Buses’ logo. The livery is rather plain for an CNG-powered bus, although the novelty value of such 'eco-friendly' buses is perhaps wearing thin (21-Mar-13).

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Tags:   MAN Lion's City Arriva

N 38 B 8.8K C 1 E May 7, 2013 F Nov 19, 2013
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As far as I'm aware, there are none of these Volvo 7900 hybrids with any of Transport for London's franchised operators; and, given TfLs commitment to the NB4L double-decker, perhaps it is unlikely to happen. This is an adaptation of the Arriva North East version, based on an original image kindly provided by Keith McGillivray (21-Nov-13).

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Tags:   Volvo 7900 Hybrid Bus Arriva London

N 31 B 7.5K C 5 E May 14, 2014 F Jun 30, 2014
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I can’t guarantee to fulfil requests but someone struck lucky when requesting this. I hadn’t intended to do a London version, with the expectation of real-life examples just around the corner (if not already out there), which will inevitably have detail differences. But a shortage of new material has prompted this quick edit of the standard single-door version. I’m not adverse to this plain red London livery (and rather like the traditional-style logo), but it does make my choice of operator somewhat academic. I’ve selected Arriva simply because I had the graphics to hand. Thanks again to Keith McGillivray for the continued use of his source image (02-Jul-14).

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Tags:   Arriva ADL Enviro 400


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