Author(s): John Bishop
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.
|235 x 165 mm
|15 December 2016
|158 colour photographs