Arriva sees best results in large London tender wave

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Arriva gained two TfL contracts while retaining a further 10. MIKE SHEATHER

A large round of London bus tender results has been announced, with gains for Arriva London North and Abellio, while Stagecoach East London offset two contract losses with one contract win.

Arriva London North gained the 103 and 175 from Stagecoach. Both routes will use existing Euro 5 double-deckers with a Peak Vehicle Requirement (PVR) of 14 for the 103 and 12 for the 175. Both contracts start on October 14.

Abellio won the 130 from Metrobus, and will utilise new Euro 6 single-deckers (PVR 11), commencing on August 26.

London General gave up the 257 to Stagecoach East London. The new operator will use existing 2012 Euro 5 double-deckers and seven new Euro 6 hybrids (PVR 16) from October 14.

Arriva retained a number of contracts along with its two wins. In the north of the capital, it maintained the 66 (2009 Euro 5 double-decks, PVR 13, from September 2), 150 (2010 Euro 5 double-decks, PVR 15, October 14), the 24-hour 341 (new Euro 6 hybrid double-decks, PVR 22, from September 2) and 370 (2010 Euro 5 double-decks, PVR 11, from November 4).

In South London, Arriva also retained the 50 (2010 Euro 5 hybrid double-decks, PVR 15), 194 (2010 Euro 5 double-decks, PVR 14), the 24-hour 250 (2010 Euro 5 double-decks, PVR 24), 255 (2012 Euro 5 single-decks, PVR nine) and 410 (2012 Euro 5 single-decks, PVR 19), all with contracts renewing on August 26. It also kept control of the 289, which will utilise 2011 Euro 5 single-decks, with a PVR of 12, and recommence from September 2. Three vehicles allocated to the 289 and eight on the 410 will be new Euro 6 buses.

Stagecoach Selkent retained four contracts. The 314 (PVR 12) and 621 (PVR one) will both use existing 2012 Euro 5 vehicles, with the 314 using single-deckers and the 621 a double-decker. The both renew on October 14. Meanwhile, the 638 (2008 Euro 4 double-decks, PVR six) and 664 (2012 Euro 5 double-decks, PVR two) both begin on September 2.

Finally, London General retained control of the 280 service, which will utilise existing 2012 Euro 5 double-decker hybrids (PVR 14) and renew on July 22.