|Stagecoach London 17885 pauses at Barking Station in the middle of a route 5 journey to Romford. This Trident ALX400 could be seen regularly on the 5 under the previous contract.|
|Stagecoach London 18206 is seen at East Ham, Central Park at the last stop of a route 115 journey.|
|A rare appearance of a Scania OmniCity on the 15 back in 2015. Embarrassingly, I don't have any adequate pictures of the former allocation of E40H MMCs...|
In 2015, the 15 was converted to New Routemaster operation, with this batch in particular reaching some absurd temperatures, and the incredibly small windows meant that sightseeing from this route became even more difficult. The 15 used to triumphantly soldier through so much of Central London, now it merely runs between Trafalgar Square and Blackwall, providing some relief to the Commercial Road corridor and ferrying tourists to and from the Tower Of London. Once the 23 is diverted to Wembley, the once inseparable pair of routes will run in completely different areas of London, with the 15 being pretty irrelevant in Central London. Stagecoach London have also operated this route for a long time, but I suspect this loss was fairly insignificant to them due to the downfall of the 15 over the years. The service at Bow (BW) garage was pretty reliable, even if the New Routemasters allocated to the route were quite the opposite! If the 15 was still such a tremendous route, running with brilliant buses, I'm sure the tender result would've upset me. However, I was pretty emotionless when they were published, further emphasising how this service is no longer one of Central London's prized possessions, it's now one that I deliberately avoid!
|Go-Ahead London WVL454 on route 5 to Romford Market.|
|Go-Ahead London EH144 is seen at Rush Green towards the end of a journey to Romford Market.|
|Go-Ahead London WVN28 is seen at Rush Green on route 5 to Romford Market.|
|Go-Ahead London E137 pauses at Romford Station on the last leg of its journey to Romford Market, making a rather pompous appearance on the first day of the new contract, emphasising that a new company have taken over.|
|Go-Ahead London WVL346 is seen at Barking Station working a short journey towards Canning Town.|
|Go-Ahead London WVL454 is seen at Romford Station en route to Canning Town Station.|
|Go-Ahead London EH151 is seen at Canning Town Bus Station on route 115.|
|Go-Ahead London EH150 is seen at Aldgate.|
|A panoramic shot of LT407 opposite Charing Cross Station.|
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