28/04/2016

The World's End is Green

A green (environmentally friendly) bus, with green poles, on a route to Golders Green.

Tower Transit VH38117 on Route 328, Fortune Green
Tower Transit VH38117 on Route 328, Fortune Green (© Anthony)

Right next to a green, etc.
Yeah, it's the 328 getting new buses, the Volvo B5LH/Wright Gemini 3. Similar to the previous post showing ones on the 94, they even encounter each other at Notting Hill Gate. However, as shown, these buses have the new blind style, and this is highlighting that this bus is not going to the World's End pub, but rather Redcliffe Gardens (still in Chelsea).

Green Hybrids & Poles
Tower Transit VH38115 on Route 328, Westbourne Park (© Aubrey)

There are 25 buses (VH38112-38136) for the 328, and are currently found on its allocated route for nearly all of the time.

Tower Transit VH38115 on Route 328, Notting Hill Gate
Tower Transit VH38115 on Route 328, Notting Hill Gate (© Anthony)

Route 328, the child of routes 28 and 31, well known for being the corridor where Routemasters were replaced by minibuses, essentially, are now an all-double deck corridor run by Tower Transit from Westbourne Park Garage. The business unit itself is the descendant of Centrewest, which oversaw the single decking and re-double decking. The 328, formed from the northern bit of the 28 and the southern bit of the 31, is interestingly the route in this corridor to get a second batch of new double deckers.

Tower Transit VH38116 on Route 328, Fortune Green
Tower Transit VH38116 on Route 328, Fortune Green (© Aubrey)

There have been strays of these buses onto the N97, but they are blinded for most Tower Transit double decker routes.

Bus expansion
Tower Transit VH38113 blinded for Route 70, Westbourne Park (© Tommy Cooling)

Route 70, a single decker route, is also included in the double decker blinds. Could we see future B5LHs go on the 70, or the 70 gaining a double decker conversion? Hopefully, because the 70 does get quite busy. The photo shows what it could look like, blinded enroute back from being on display at Brooklands.

This set of B5LHs are, as you expect, are pretty just like the other lot that have been ordered for other companies across London. Compared to the other B5LHs that Tower Transit have, on the 212, these buses are just as good. Overall, they seem to be decent buses, and will hopefully serve well for the 328 and any other bus routes they end up on.

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