29/02/2016

Devil's Conversion

Route 68's batch of LTs include LT666. Yay.

The Devil's Borismaster
London Central LT666 on Route 68, Waterloo Bridge (© Aubrey)

The LTs on the 68 is part of a large spate of recent LT conversions of South London which include the 68 and 3 now, with the 59 to convert soon. Along with the 159 going to Abellio, it is a huge amount of LTs recently being concentrated to the south of London.

68 to Herne Hill
London Central LT680 on Route 68, Waterloo (CC Aubrey)

The 68 is the second LT conversion of Camberwell Garage, so the 12 and 68 will start sharing buses sooner or later. The N68 is also partly converting to LT, very slowly with a few going out on some nights.

London Central WVL244 on Route 68, Camberwell Green
London Central WVL244 on Route 68, Camberwell Green (© Aubrey)

The buses that the LTs are replacing are mainly the Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Geminis that were ordered for the 68 back in 2006 when the route moved from Arriva to London Central. They are to be cascaded around the Go-Ahead London portfolio.

London Central LT679 on Route 68, Waterloo Bridge
London Central LT679 on Route 68, Waterloo Bridge (© Aubrey)

Notably with some N68 journeys going to LT, that means LTs at Old Coulsdon. That is practically very close to the border of Greater London. LTs are now fanning as far out as Hainault (N8) and now Old Coulsdon (N68). The N3 also brings LTs into Bromley North.

Go-Ahead London Central LT670 on Route 68, Aldwych
London Central LT670 on Route 68, Aldwych (© Anthony)

The normal new standard blinds are on the 68. The batch of LTs are 665-683, 685-686 for the 68/N68. The 68 conversion is still ongoing as of post release. They still don't have opening windows.
Notably, practically all the mayoral candidates don't want the LT to continue. So yeah...

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