Tower Transit winners in latest TfL tender round

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The latest round of London bus tender results have been announced, with Tower Transit gaining three services.

Tower Transit won three services in the latest TfL tender round. MIKE SHEATHER

The operator will take control of the 228 from Metroline West on January 19, with a Peak Vehicle Requirement (PVR) of nine.

It will utilise new Euro VI single-deckers, along with three vehicles built in 2017.

Tower Transit also gained the 262 (PVR 11) and 473 (PVR nine) from Stagecoach East London.

Both will use double-deckers (details unconfirmed) and commence on March 30, 2019.

Also recommencing on March 30 are the 372, which remains with Stagecoach East London (PVR seven, 2014 Euro VI hybrid double-deckers) and the 396, which changes hands from Stagecoach East London to Blue Triangle (PVR four, 2011 Euro V single-deckers).

Metroline’s retention of future electric double-decker routes was confirmed in the tender results (see page 6).

These 24-hour services, the 43 and 134, have a PVR of 32 and 27 respectively, with each contract renewing on February 2.

This date falls before the expected delivery date of the electric double-deckers, which will in future form the entire fleet operating both services.

A TfL spokesman confirmed to CBW that both services will continue to utilise their current vehicles until the electric buses arrive.

Stagecoach Selkent retained four services. Renewing on February 9, 2019 is the 122, with a PVR of 17, utilising 2014 Euro VI hybrid double-deckers.

The remaining three services are the 24-hour 472 (PVR 16, 2014 Euro VI hybrid double-deckers), the 601 (PVR seven, 2012 Euro V double-deckers) and the 602 (PVR two, 2012 Euro V double-deckers). Each of these renews on January 26.

London Central retained the 486, which has a PVR of 14, will use 2011 Euro V double-deckers, and renews on February 23.