There can’t be many 18 years buses old left in London can there?
As there’s one I see driving about usually on the B16 and B11 routes that’s so much older than others it’s a wonder it keeps going.
Here it is in the shadow of new Kidbrooke towers.
When this bus was new, thousands of people were still living on the Ferrier estate.
Disability legislation killed off many older buses alongside pollution and emission rules. While replacing an engine can be done so older bus could carry on, buses that aren’t low floor have long gone – and that’s condemned many from before the Millennium to scrap.
Which means those from around 2001 are pretty much the oldest that can run. Even then, most buses in London are 10 years old or newer. This one still soldiers on around south east London on a 2001 plate having put in 18 years of service. Those seats have seen the bums of half the planet.
In recent months more bus routes are getting USB charging points – though SE London is noticeable for its lack of those so far. It also has very few new Routemasters – which some may see as a blessing. As an aside, the company that makes them – Wright bus – could be going into administration next week.