24/07/2015

Tube Strike 2015 Part 1 08/07/15

More photos can be seen here - https://www.flickr.com/photos/wltmauc/sets/72157655705460038

Tube Strike Extras - Dan Sullivan's Bus 
The first northbound Tube Strike extra on Route 29:
London Bus Company RML900 at Trafalgar Square (© Aubrey)

Another Tube Strike means another lot of extras, whether it be boat or, in this case, bus.

Ensignbus RT4421 on Route 15, Charing Cross
Ensignbus RT4421 on Route 15, Charing Cross (© Aubrey)

Ensignbus were contracted to do 8, 15, 25, 29, 205, 257 extras.

Tube Strike Extras - Alex's Bus (2)
London Bus Company RML897 on Route 29, Warren Street (© Aubrey)

But obviously, Ensignbus doesn't have so many buses, so other buses were subcontracted, like this one with London Bus Company.

Havering LX04 FXK on Route 205, Warren Street
Havering LX04 FXK on Route 205, Warren Street (© Aubrey)

This bus was ironically on the 205 on its second to last day in London service as 18222 of Stagecoach London.

Southern Transit TA1 on Route 205, Euston Square
Southern Transit TA1 on Route 205, Euston Square (CC Aubrey)

This was also used on the Tube Strike extras on Route 205 in 2014, coincidentally.

Imperial RTL1256 on Route 8, Liverpool Street
Imperial RTL1256 on Route 8, Liverpool Street (© Aubrey)

A variety of old and new were used on the Ensign contracts, except the 257 (seen in Part 2)

Ensignbus RMA50 on Route 25, Aldgate
Ensignbus RMA50 on Route 25, Aldgate (© Aubrey)

It's NOT deroofed!
Regal Busways 1404 for Route 8, Aldgate (© Aubrey)

Route 8 became a dumping ground for Essex operators, Regal Busways showing a complete double decker! Many ex-London vehicles were used.

Panther Travel BIG7758 on Route 25, Aldgate
Panther Travel BIG7758 on Route 25, Aldgate (© Aubrey)
Unlike this bus, which isn't ex-London.

Trustybus TP425 on Route 8, Shoreditch
Trustybus TP425 on Route 8, Shoreditch (© Aubrey)

Galleon Travel didn't even bother with banditry displays on the 8!

Ensignbus 115 on Route 205, Old Street
Ensignbus 115 on Route 205, Old Street (CC Aubrey)

Route 205 had a large variety of operators, and variety of buses.

Wessex Connect 40605, BX62FUU at Old Street on route 205 to Warren Street
Wessex Connect 40605 on Route 205, Old Street (© Jacek)

Traditional Travel RML2380 on Route 205, Old Street
Traditional Travel RML2380 on Route 205, Old Street (CC Aubrey)

With varying quality of displays, as usually seen.

Ex-London Transport RML2613, NML613E at Old Street on route 205 to Warren Street
Blueline Travel RML2613 on Route 205, Old Street (© Jacek)

Ensignbus RT3232 on Route 25, Aldgate
Ensignbus RT3232 on Route 25, Aldgate (© Aubrey)

Apparently, even the chairman of Ensignbus got into the act, driving this extra.

And oddly, I'll end this post with a boat:

Thames Clipper "Typhoon Clipper" on Route RB1, London Bridge Pier
Thames Clipper "Typhoon Clipper" on Route RB1, London Bridge Pier (© Aubrey)

River boats were used as alternative transport, and extra peak services ran to/from Putney during the strike. A normal riverboat service is shown here, but it is filled with more people than usual.

The first day was only an evening, so the next post will be even longer, at this rate!

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