On Wednesday I visited the Capital for a typical tourist visit; picking up the likes of Marble Arch, Oxford Street, Hamley's, Picadilly Circus, Whitehall and Westminster. Along the way, I managed to photograph a few recent highlights and interesting thing going on in the bus scene.

The definite highlight of the day, bus-wise that is, was a ride on London General E1, Entirely bY accident so it happens after hastily jumping on a 507 at Lambeth Bridge Road heading for Waterloo rather than Victoria. A personal opinion: stunning. The bus, of which just two are in service in the UK (EL1 and EL2), is fully electric. According to the manufacturer, a single 14-16 hour charge overnight can provide between two hundred and two hundred and fifty kilometres of work. The journey we made on it was exceptional; an unbelievably smooth ride, sitting in traffic felt as through the engine was switched off and the noise let off is second to none. The vehicle has a full low floor, fitted with twenty six seats and a wheelchair bay - allowing a complete capacity of sixty. Compared to the Mercedes Benz Citaro travelled on straight afterwards to correct the mistake, the electric i2e is the way ahead in terms of single deck buses in London.

Metroline Boristmaster LT95 sporting the Actimel overall ad
Transport for London's policy of all red buses for its contractor was relaxed slightly over the past couple of years with the allowance of allover advert liveries for the New Bus For London. Some of the world's top known brands have advertised in this extremely eye catching way, a recent appearance is a livery promoting Spectre - the latest in the James Bond series of films. Photographed on Oxford Street approaching Marble Arch is Metroline LT95, this Borismaster sports one of the latest advert wraps for the 'Win £1000 for breakfast campaign' from Actimel. LT95 previously carried an advert livery for Pepe Jeans. Barclays, Adidas, Propercorn, YouTube, Coca Cola, Fender, Red Bull, Strongbow and UGG have all appeared on Boristmaster buses.

Other double deck vehicles in London have been authorised recently to advert liveries allover with the exception of the front end; a number of Alexander Dennis Enviro400, Wright Gemini 2s and Alexander ALX400 have appeared out of red.

First 37998 at Bulleid Way, opposite Victoria Coach Station
Following the arrival of two Geminis locally at Great Yarmouth, I thought this one would be very appropriate to share.

Seen at Bulleid Way, considered to be an extension to the enormous Victoria Coach Station and its adjacent separate arrivals terminal is First Wright Gemini 2 bodied B9TL 37998 BF63HDX on a working of the 702 to Legoland Windsor. Part of the Arriva owned Green Line network, the service is now among First's minute involvement in the London scene.  

A very enjoyable day indeed; more photographs and little snippets from the day are appearing in our Facebook group and on my personal flickr page. A further report is to come later in the week.
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About Kieran Smith

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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