London bus tendering latest

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Metroline are the big winners, gaining two routes from Arriva London South and London Sovereign

Transport for London has announced the latest round of London bus tendering.

From tranche 487, route 116 was re-awarded to London United with double-decker bus type to be confirmed (the service was tendered as single-decker). The Peak Vehicle Requirement (PVR) is seven and start date is August 29, 2015. A10 was re-awarded to Metroline West with existing diesel single deckers and a PVR of five.

Tranche 489 saw the 119 (24 hour) re-awarded to Metrobus from August 29, with double-deckers (type to be confirmed) and PVR of 16, with the 17th AM peak bus linked to route 202. The 202 itself was re-awarded to Metrobus, again with double decker type to be confirmed at a PVR 15.

The 246 was awarded to Metrobus (currently Stagecoach Selkent) with existing fleet diesel single deck buses from route 202, PVR four. The start date is September 12, 2015. Metrobus also retained the 352 with new flywheel hybrid single deckers, PVR 6, from the same date.

The 354 was re-awarded to Stagecoach Selkent with existing fleet diesel single deck, PVR 5, with a Sunday service added from September 12. The 358 was re-awarded to Metrobus with new flywheel hybrid single deckers, PVR 17.

Tranche 490 saw Arriva London South retain the 198 with existing fleet double deck buses currently on route 135. The operator also kept the 264 (24 hour) with existing fleet double deck vehicles released from New Routemaster conversions, PVR 15. Both start on August 29.

Arriva also was successful in being re-awarded the 312 with new and existing electric single-deckers, PVR 7, starting from September 5. The 405 was re-awarded to Metrobus with double-deckers of type to be confirmed, with PVR of 10.

Tranche 492 saw Arriva London South lose the 168 to Metroline with double deckers of type to be confirmed, at PVR 21. The changeover date is September 26. The 226 was re-awarded to Metroline West with existing diesel single-deckers.

Metroline also won the 324, currently London Sovereign, with existing fleet single decks currently on route 326, with PVR of six. The service changes hands on October 24.

Finally, tranche 494 saw the 674 re-awarded to Blue Triangle, with an existing double decker (PVR one). The 675 was awarded to London General (currently CT Plus) with an existing fleet double decker. Both services start on October 17, 2015

The 692/699 will transfer to Sullivan Buses (currently London General) with existing diesel double deckers, PVR three. The date for this is November 21, 2015.