Gains for Docklands Buses in TfL tender round

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Go-Ahead subsidiary Docklands Buses gained two routes, including the new 304 service. The company was acquired through Go-Ahead’s London General Subsidiary in 2006, when it ran four TfL contracts. Seen here is an MCV Evolution-bodied ADL Enviro200 operating under the Docklands Buses name on the 300, which has since transferred to Blue Triangle, another Go-Ahead subsidiary. Blue Triangle has retained this service in the latest tender round. MIKE SHEATHER

Go-Ahead subsidiary Docklands Buses has made gains in the latest round of Transport for London (TfL) bus tenders.

The operator gained the 104 from Stagecoach East London. With a Peak Vehicle Requirement (PVR) of 12, the service will use 2011 Euro V double-deckers, and commence on December 8, 2017.

Docklands Buses also successfully bid for the 304, which is a new route. Beginning on the same date, it has a PVR of nine and will use similar vehicles.

The last of the routes commencing on December 8 is the 300, which Blue Triangle retained. With a PVR of 10, it will use 2011 Euro V single-deckers.

Abellio retained control of the 3/N3 (PVR 19, 2016 Euro VI New Routemasters) which recommences on February 9, 2019, while London General kept the 492 (PVR 16, 2012 Euro V single-deckers) which renews on March 30, 2019.

All of the Euro V buses mentioned above are to be upgraded to meet Euro VI emission standards.