The London Bus in Colour: From the 1970s to the 1990s

Author(s): John Bishop 

ISBN: 9781781555484
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Three decades of London transport reproduced in stunning colour.
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  • Visit the confines of the Chiswick and Aldenham Works

  • Witness the effects of deregulation in 1986

  • London in the days of the famous Routemaster bus

The last four decades saw dramatic changes in the bus industry with deregulation of national services in provincial areas in 1986. Visually, London appeared the same with buses operating in their iconic red liveries. However, The London Bus in Colour: From the 1970s to the 1990s shows how vehicles moved from the traditional layout of rear platform and open half-cab to one-man buses with their front entrances.

The effect of deregulation is examined with the setting-up of local identities such as dynamic colour schemes, especially that of Bexleybus and the blue and cream colour scheme. Studied in detail are the capital’s first replica horse bus operated by Shilliber in the early nineteenth century and the celebration surrounding the 150th anniversary of the London bus in 1979.

This is followed by the celebrations of the fiftieth anniversary of the formation of London Transport in 1983, single-deck buses and the ‘forbidden territories’ of Chiswick and Aldenham when doors were opened to the public.

BOOK ISBN 9781781555484
FORMAT 235 x 165 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 96 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 December 2016
ILLUSTRATIONS 158 colour photographs



While not employed in the world of public transport, the subject has played a significant part of John Bishop’s life through the camera lens. From an early age, he has taken a general interest in transport from the mid-1950s through to the present day. Over a period of fifty-five years, he has recorded the history of buses, trolleybuses and trams in colour transparencies and cine film, progressing to video today.