In July 1992 107 was in the national news for losing its top under Finsbury Park railway bridge. It was deemed young enough to repair, and emerged at the beginning of 1993 as a bus, in Grey-Green bus livery, It was sent to Dagenham, where it worked on the 179.
108 continued on the Medway towns commuter link, operating for a while from the Strood depot, then at the end of 1994 was also converted to bus format, repainted in bus livery, and sent to Barking for bus work.
Both buses were withdrawn in March 1997. 108 was quickly sold off for non-psv operations, and was enlisted in the Jesus Army. 107 was reinstated in July 1997 for the 66, and Arriva subsequently sent it north in November 1999 to Fox County at Loughborough, where it was used on a school run and training. It later moved on to PC Coaches in Lincoln.
They went into service at Barking, the first two onto the 125. There they joined a Scania demonstrator,
E200WHS, which was loaned for three weeks and operated the 125 in the blue and white livery of A1 Service,
where it went after the loan. The other four arrived in March,
and the six worked mainly on the 125 and the 173, displacing Fleetlines onto the 298 and 313 (routes taken over from LCNE).
|125||Winchmore Hill - Finchley Central|
|173||Stratford - Becontree Heath|
They seem to have been little photographed, either in their time at the Grey-Green garage at Barking, or after their move in November 1996 to the Grey-Green depot at Stamford Hill. They did acquire the later Grey-Green livery.
After almost three years at Stamford Hill they were transferred away to Arriva's subsidiary at Stevenson's Uttoxeter in August 1999.
Three Scania N113s with Northern Counties Palatine bodies were bought in May 1994, another three in February 1995 and a final three in March 1996. They enabled the original Volvos on the route to spread their wings and do other things. The Route 24 Scanias formally came into the Arriva London North-East fold in January 1998, and began to acquire the Arriva cow-horns livery. They continued to work from the Rookwood Road garage in Stamford Hill until it closed in March 2000, when they were all moved to Tottenham garage. This occasioned an official change of ownership to Arriva London North, and the addition of S prefixes to the fleetmumbers.
They were all dispatched north to Arriva in Northumberland in December 2002 or March 2003,
following the loss of route 24 to Metroline in November 2002.
Bus Stop Kentish Bush bus histories photo refs BTS