For those of you who only want red buses, keep reading. But if you have broader tastes, or a keener sense of history, click here for the Greenway story began with London & Country.
London Buses dipped its toe into the water of Greenway conversions in late 1992 with two prototypes: one short, one long.
Apart from being longer, it was finished with dual-purpose seating, and had only a single doorway. This had twin swing doors, unlike the retained folding doors on the other GLS buses. The treatment was rather more angular than on the main batch of buses, with the edges not rounded off. The front display was unique too, having a single wide roller number blind on the nearside.
It went not to Red Arrow this time, but to the Uxbridge Express, where it joined the Centrewest Division's dedicated group of National 2s. The 607 was a limited stop service between Uxbridge and Shepherds Bush. In recognition of this GLS2 received a route-branded livery, with the route points enumerated along the roof sides. GLS2 soon received a registration number from an even more elderly Routemaster, becoming 292 CLT. In September 1994 it was privatised to Centrewest.
GLS2 was reregistered again in 1995, becoming WPC 316X, and was sold to Hyndburn Transport, whence it was taken over by Ribble (back where it started) and assumed Stagecoach white'n stripes.
The Red Arrow network continued to make use of them through the rest of the decade and beyond.
They became a familiar part of the London City scene.
Taken for granted.
They changed very little: a yellow stripe between red body and grey skirt,
new fleetnames, and a new style of Red Arrow logo.
Who noticed them? They did their job, shifting the crowds between the City and the Southern main stations. It was amazing how long they lasted, carrying their Gardner roar and emission levels through the City streets until June 2002. But on Golden Jubilee weekend they were replaced by new bendibuses, and went into store or to Blue Triangle. We shall probably keep seeing them as the West Coast Mainline Renewal brings disruption to rail services.
|501||Waterloo Stn - Aldwych - Holborn - St Pauls - Bank - London Bridge Stn|
|505||Waterloo Stn - Aldwych - Holborn - Old Street - Shoreditch Church|
|507||Waterloo Stn - Lambeth Bridge - Victoria Stn|
|521||Waterloo Stn - Aldwych - Holborn - St Pauls - Cannon Street - London Bridge Stn|
bus histories photo refs
Ian's Bus Stop LS Country Greenways