Five routes change hands in TfL tender round

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London Sovereign gained two services in the tender round. MIKE SHEATHER

The latest Transport for London (TfL) bus tender results have seen five routes change hands, with commitments made to upgrade all Euro 4 and 5 vehicles to Euro 6 emissions standards.

On October 13, 2018, Metroline West will lose two of its services. The 223 will move to London Sovereign and the 224 will be taken up by London United. Both will use new Euro 6 single-deckers, with a Peak Vehicle Requirement (PVR) to be confirmed.

Arriva London South’s 403 service will be taken over by Metrobus on October 27. The service will use 2011 Euro 5 double-deckers (PVR seven). The 79 will transfer from Metroline to London Sovereign on November 24 (PVR 11, new Euro 6 hybrid double-deckers).

December 1 will see the 452 transfer from Abellio London to Tower Transit (PVR 21, 2011 Euro 5 double-deckers). Quality Line’s S1 contract will renew on the same date, utilising 2014 Euro 6 single-deckers (PVR 11).

Several more route retentions were also announced. The 24-hour route 12 stays with London Central (PVR 33, 2015 Euro 6 New Routemaster, renewing November 3), the 318 remains with Arriva London North (PVR seven, 2008 Euro 4 single-deckers, November 10), the 24-hour 453 stays with London Central (PVR 36, 2015 Euro 6 New Routemaster, November 17) and Abellio West London keeps control of the H25 (PVR nine, 2013 Euro 5 single-deckers, November 17).