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Yellow “G” Plates

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YELLOW PLATES

There have been almost no enamelled items produced for bus stops with yellow colouring on them. However, the colour became more popular with the introduction of vinyl stickers, being used for the GOLD ARROW services, and to denote the Pay-Before-You-Board area in the central zone.

12 - 53 route 15 Monday to Friday 18 28 GOLDEN ARROW route 52

This is quite an unusual plate as it was brightly-coloured instead of the more common red and white ones. The Shop-Linker service ran only from April until September 1979 and used a fleet of sixteen Routermaster buses (RMs 59, 2139, 2146, 2151, 2154, 2159, 2162, 2163, 2167, 2171, 2712, 2174, 2187-2189 and 2207) painted in a special yellow and red livery. The route started at Marble Arch and ran as a circular service in both directions, linking Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly, Knightsbridge, Kensington, Notting Hill Gate and Bayswater Road. The route had a flat-fare of 30p and carried no route number. Although popular, financial pressures caused the service to be withdrawn, having lasted just under six months.

RM 59 [VLT 59], the lowest-numbered bus painted in Shop-Linker colours, is seen at Marble Arche on the first day of the ill-fated service. Just visible behind it is RM 2189 [CUV189C].
G. Rixon photo; BPRM

Shop-Linker route map. 

The original Superbus service ran in Stevenage between the town centre and Chells, replacing the old route 809 which had been operated by crewed RT vehicles. The new Superbus route used SM class flat-fare single-deckers which were painted in a bright yellow and blue livery, and the new service was not only cheaper than the 809, but was also made to run much more frequently. Superbus was such a success that a second route was started, Superbus 2, following on from that policy. It would have been one of the last services to use London Transport style “G” plates, as London Country Bus Services quickly changed over to NBC-style bus stop flags and ceased using traditional enamel signs on their bus stops.

Route 809

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