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bus-thiefUsually it would be fast cars or a motorbike but this guy preferred London bus.

Police are trying to find this man (above) who they believe stole a double decker, drove it around in South East London and then left it at a bus stop clearly realising it wasn't as much fun as he first thought.

The bus was taken from Farnborough Hill bus depot, Orpington, at about 9.15am on September 15.

Did you see him driving through London that morning? Road traveled included Croydon Road, Croydon, Glebe Way, Wickham Court Road, Wickham Road, Bridle Road and Broom Road.

The bus was finally left at a stop in Shrublands Avenue in Shirely, Croydon needing £500 worth of work after being scraped along a wall.

CCTV images have been released of the man they wish to speak to in connection with the investigation.

Anyone with any information can call 020 8284 8714 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Appearing in public for the first time and featuring advertisements from the pre-war era - including Camp coffee, Veno’s cough medicine and Wright’s coal tar soap, you can check this bus out in Covent Garden looking resplendent in its red and cream livery in the early summer sunshine.

Throughout the day yesterday the public were welcomed on board the bus to admire the decoration on the lower deck saloon with its wooden fretwork panels and the original cushioned moquette fabric seat covering design, recreated thanks to a fragment of material that was discovered during the restoration process.  After navigating the narrow staircase, it was hard not to imagine the challenges of travelling on board the upper deck with its exposure to the elements and signs warning passengers ‘keep your arm inside and do not lean over the side of the omnibus otherwise you may receive some hurt’.

There will be only a limited number of opportunities to admire the restored bus before its transformation into a war time ‘Battle Bus’ in September, after which it will embark on a tour to the battlefields of France and Belgium to commemorate the sacrifices made by so many, including bus drivers, mechanics and transport workers during the First World War.

One of only four surviving B-type London buses, bus No. B2737 was built at the AEC Works in Walthamstow in 1914 and served on route 9 out of Mortlake garage in south west London operating between Barnes and Liverpool Street. Single ordinary tickets cost 3½d.

The bus has cost around £250,000 to restore and was made possible with a grant of just over £750,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and further funding from the London Transport Museum Friends and public donations. Features include original and reproduced enamel advertisements and passenger information from the period including signs featuring instructions and warnings such as ‘No spitting’ and ‘Beware of pickpockets, male and female’. The remainder of the HLF grant covers a range of activities including an apprenticeship programme and collections support. It is also funding a programme of learning and participation which will ensure that communities across London will have the chance to see and learn about B2737, B-type buses and their role in the First World War through community exhibitions and a touring programme.

The lower deck saloon is decorated with wooden fretwork panels displaying a motif and is equipped with electric lighting which was first introduced on buses in 1912. The original cushioned moquette fabric seat covering design has been recreated thanks to a fragment of material that was discovered during the restoration process. It was woven by Holdsworth & Co, the same Yorkshire company that produced the original B-type moquette. The open top deck seats are fitted with wet-weather canvas lap covers and a sign warning passengers ‘… not to stand up while the omnibus is passing under railway bridges’.

The restoration project was led by London Transport Museum curator, Tim Shields working with independent restorer Richard Peskett. The team sourced and utilised a variety of original but decayed parts, including B-type bodies, chassis, gearboxes and an engine, in order to produce a moving memorial to the London bus drivers of 100 years ago. The restoration is  part of a wider five year programme of activities with volunteers and apprentices across the entire centenaries of the war until 2018 and made possible thanks to support of the HLF and London Transport Museum Friends.

Visitors to London Transport Museum are able to find out more about the role of B-type buses at home and abroad at a special exhibition to commemorate the First World War. Goodbye Piccadilly – from Home Front to Western Front commemorates the contribution of London’s motor buses and their drivers and mechanics to the First World War and the upheaval for Londoners on what became for the first time the ‘Home Front’.

This is surely a rather odd story - who would want to wee where they work? One bus driver on a W3 bus apparently.

The driver got in trouble after apparently urinating in a parked W3 in Crouch End. The bus, which runs between runs between Finsbury Park Station and Northumberland Park Station was stationary when the driver was caught on a passer bys camera phone.

The event was captured around 2 weeks ago and it has been confirmed that the bus driver will need to answer to London’s internal disciplinary policies and procedures.

Image: Harringey Independent

The days of paying for a bus journey in London with cash could soon be numbered if plans from Transport for London (TFL) are approved.

The number of people using cash, as opposed to an Oyster card, fell to less than 1% this year compared to 20% ten years ago.

TFL is also considering plans to let people borrow emergency money on an Oyster card even if they had run out of money.

A decision will be made once the public consultation ends on 11 October and if plans do go ahead cash payments would be axed completely in 2014.

Leon Daniels, Managing Director for TFL surface transport, said: "It costs £24m a year to accept cash on buses and with so few customers paying cash it makes sense for us to consider removing it.

"The savings made can then be invested into making further vital improvements to the capital's transport network."

Image: BBC

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Sounds all very futuristic doesn't it. On the 17th August The Vault opens it's doors and starts spinning those wheels again for anyone that wishes to alight.

 

The Vault London is a brand new mobile party hub, a bus in London that you're aloud to drink on and doesn't have air conditioning problems.

 

Party on the bus while it takes you around London's sights. Once done (as every bus has to terminate somewhere) you will be dropped off as a London bar with a few drink tokens to your name and free entry.

 

We can't vouch for the brilliance of the club after as it's one that has VIP entry, normally meaning it's a bit shit - but we could be wrong and after you've had a load of drinks on a moving party bus who really cares?

 

At least you can have a little bit of control with regards to the kind of place you end up in. You can choose to be dropped either in Shoreditch or the West End.

 

You need to book for The Vault but they cater to groups of any size, you could even hire the whole thing if you like?

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