London's Buses, 1979-1994

The Capital's Bus Network in Transition

Andrew Bartlett

In 1979, fresh from its general election victory, the Conservative government began formulating plans to deregulate bus services and privatize the companies operating them in England, Scotland and Wales.
Date Published :
January 2022
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
230 color illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526755469
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 11 X 8.4 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order
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$60.00

Overview
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In 1979, fresh from its general election victory, the Conservative government began formulating plans to deregulate bus services and privatize the companies operating them in England, Scotland and Wales. London was not to be excluded, so from the outset, London Buses was broken up into several areas and from 1985, a tendering system was introduced which permitted other operators to bid for the routes. Opposition from the Labour group at the Greater London Council had to be dealt with – eventually achieved by abolishing it in 1986. However, as each subsequent year passed, promises that deregulation was coming were not met. In late 1992, the privatization timetable was set, and was ultimately completed at the end of 1994. The issue of deregulation never resurfaced.

Copiously illustrated with over 270 photographs, virtually all of which are being published for the first time, this is the story of London Buses over those sixteen tumultuous years. To give greater context to the narrative, annual vehicle acquisition listings show how purchasing policy changed over the period; important route changes, tendering gains and losses and a fleet list for the entire period are also included.

About The Author
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Andrew Bartlett was born in Leicester in 1951\. His interest in public transport was cultivated at an early age. He worked for the Inland Revenue/HMRC for 38 years, latterly as a management consultant. Working in London and holidaying in Devon for many years has (he is pleased to say) given him more buses to write about than just those of Leicestershire. Early retirement beckoned in 2007, since when he has set crosswords for the Financial Times, and has become an avid amateur genealogist. He is a member of the Leicester Transport Heritage Trust, for whom he has undertaken various research projects, and is a regular contributor to its newsletter. Married to Debbie, he lives near Market Harborough.

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