Around The UK: More from London and really sweet story

The entire PVR of buses on the 507 and 521 will be fully electric
by Autumn 2016, a new contract rules.
This week, London is at the forefront of the news again following news of electric retendering and Borismaster controversy.

The contract to operate routes 507 and 521 has been awarded to Go-Ahead, who are to operate the route entirely electric - meaning a total of fifty one new fully electric powered single deckers will hit the streets of London from Autumn next year.

Last Sunday evening, an Arriva London Alexander Dennis Enviro400 working route 197 through Norwood was deroofed after a collision with a low bridge. A full investigation is to take place as to why the bus went under the low bridge, and how the incident happened. Seven people sustained injuries, but thankfully none were life threatening.

Also this week, Mayor of London Boris Johnson has been hammered for the malfunction of the batteries of his New Bus For Londons, which were designed to cut the cO2 output by around 50%. Drivers complained that battery malfunctions meant that many of the buses were running solely on diesel. Transport for London confirmed to The Guardian that around eighty Borismasters have had to had their battery packs fixed or replaced by Wrightbus since they hit the road. A member of staff from radio station Leading Britain's Conversation, during tests for harmful nano particles, found that a Borismaster was outputting over 20,000 more ultrafine particles per cubic centremetre than an older conventional bus.

News was revealed on the Xelabus website yesterday that the service work of Brijan Tours has been taken on following an approach by the latter. Four services will be acquired, all to be renumbered to fit in with Xelabus' existing system, along with two school contracts. The operator was formed just five years ago, and has grown to build an extremely successful operation of twenty six services.

Sam Brown with his newly named bus (Keep Sam Smiling)
In Blackpool, the traffic commissioner has revoked licences for Classic Bus, Totally Transport and Oakwood Travel (Trading as Catch22). The decision comes after a "complex" series of hearing after it was suspected that the operators, owned by Phillip Higgs, were not running within the rules of the licences. Catch22's director and transport manager have both had their licences revoked also.

Now for one last but really sweet story. A young lad from Otley, six year old Sam Brown who was born with a rare growth disorder known as Morquio Syndrome, has been supported by Harrogate Bus with a bus being named after him. Sam and his family are currently fighting for treatment and support from the NHS after the Governments clinical watchdog NICE claimed it would not be cost effective. Morquio Syndrome affects growth and development and can lead to a number of issues including heart problems at a young age, a compressed spinal cord, dwarfism and flared ribs. Sam's mother won the parent of the year nomination, which would see the family's story on the back of a Harrogate bus, but nobody expected Sam to have his very own bus named after him.
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Norwich Buses Blog was founded in December 2013 by Sam Larke after he left another popular blog, Norwich Bus Page. Since it's launch, the site has grown dramatically, especially whilst written solely by Kieran Smith during 2015. The blog is now in it's third year and we look forward to more success and growth in the future. If you think you'd make a good writer for Norwich Buses Blog, please do get in touch via email: samuel.larke@gmail.com
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