The London Bus in Colour

From the 1970s to the 1990s

John Bishop

The last decades of the 20th century saw dramatic changes in buses with deregulation in 1986. This book shows how the industry moved from traditional layout of rear platform and open half cab to one man buses with front entrance.
Date Published :
January 2017
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
140 color photographs
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ISBN : 9781781555484
Pages : 96
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.5 inches
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The last three decades of the twentieth century saw dramatic changes in the bus industry with deregulation of bus services nationally in October 1986 in the provincial areas. Visually London seemed to stay the same with the buses still operating in the customary red liveries which all cherished from childhood. This book sets out to show how the vehicles moved forward from the traditional layout of rear platform and open half cab to the introduction of one man buses with their front entrances. The effects of deregulation are shown with dynamic color schemes especially with the Bexleybus blue and cream color scheme. With the passing of years we progress to the now familiar single deck buses, and also cover various other transport experiments.

About The Author

Whilst not being employed in the world of public transport, the subject has played a significant part of John Bishop’s life through the ‘eyes of the camera’. From an early age in the mid-1950s through to the present day he has sought to record the history of buses, trolleybuses and trams in both color and cine film progressing to video today. Much of his knowledge has been expanded into seventeen published books.

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