The London Bus Page In Exile

Wednesday 3 January 2007

The K5’s New Darts

Filed under: Companies, Service Changes, Vehicles — londonbuspageinexile @ 7:15 pm

London United Dennis Dart DPK 624 (SN06 JPV) at Kingston, 22/12/06 Been away for Christmas, as you can probably surmise from the lack of posts over the festive season.
Here’s something that happened last year that exemplifies the very small scale of vehicle orders during 2005 by comparison with those of earlier in the decade – with low-floor vehicles all in place, conversions are generally made up of like-for-like replacements. Just such an intake brought two new Darts to the K5 a couple of months after it was taken on by London United from the failing Centra, who had used Optare Solos. Until the new buses arrived, Tolworth had borrowed a Dart from Shepherd’s Bush and had enough of the MPD variety of their own spare for this circuitous service linking Ham and Morden. On 22nd December DPK 624 (SN06 JPV) as TV391 happens through Kingston on its way north; it will be noticed that the fleetnumbers duplicate existing DPSs, both also based at Tolworth! It wouldn’t be the first time London United have mucked up their own numbering system, and they’re far from the only company to have done it. Never mind – we know what they are, and it’s not unlikely that these will have been the last Darts to enter service with London United. Further points of note are the Transdev fleetname which replaced that of London United last year, and the addition of a white band to the grey skirt.

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