London Buses route RV1

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RV1
London bus route RV1 (1).jpg
Overview
Operator Tower Transit
Garage Lea Interchange (LI)
Vehicle Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 10.2m
VDL SB200 11.9m / Wright Pulsar 2 Hydrogen powered
Peak vehicle requirement 8
Night-time No night service
Route
Start Covent Garden
Via Waterloo
National Theatre
London Eye
Royal Festival Hall
Oxo Tower
Tate Modern
London Bridge
Tower Bridge
End Tower Gateway station
Length 6 miles (9.7 km)
Service
Level Daily
Frequency 10 minutes
Journey time 24–33 minutes
Operates 06:00 until 01:00

London Buses route RV1 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Covent Garden and Tower Gateway station, it is operated by Tower Transit.

History[edit]

Route RV1 commenced operating on 27 April 2002 between Covent Garden and Tower Gateway station. The service was initially carried Riverside branding and was intended to open up the South Bank, connecting visitor attractions including the National Theatre, London Eye, Royal Festival Hall and Tate Modern.[1] It serves many streets that previously were not served by buses.

The service was jointly promoted by Transport for London and the South Bank Employers' Group.[1] The Daily Telegraph called the route one of the "best routes for sightseeing on a shoestring".[2][3]

It was one of the first routes in London to use off-bus ticketing only, leading to quicker boarding and journey times, and unusually operated at the same frequency on Sundays as on other days of the week.[4]

The route was previously operated by diesel fuelled Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaros. Between September 2004 and January 2007, three trial fuel cell powered (Mercedes-Benz Citaros) were used on this route to compare their efficiency with their diesel equivalents. The fuel cell buses only operated in the mornings and early afternoon due to a lack of fuel capacity.[5]

In November 2010, it was announced that the route will again be operated with hydrogen-powered vehicles.[6] One new bus came into service in December 2010, and seven more were in service by the end of 2011.[7]

On 22 June 2013, route RV1 was included in the sale of First London's Lea Interchange garage to Tower Transit.[8][9]

Current route[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Riverside bus". Cross River Partnership. Retrieved 22 June 2007. 
  2. ^ Edwards, Rhiannon (29 April 2014). "Tube strike? See more of London by bus". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Best of 2002 part 1: The RV1". London Bus Page. Retrieved 22 June 2007. 
  4. ^ Aldridge, John (June 2002). "RV1, the honeypot route via Tate Modern". Buses (Ian Allan Publishing) (567): 14. 
  5. ^ "RV1 emission-free bus trial "a great success"". London SE1 Community Website. Retrieved 22 June 2007. 
  6. ^ "RV1 bus route to be converted to hydrogen power". London SE1 Community Website. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  7. ^ Barley, Shanta (10 December 2010). "Hydrogen bus launched on London tourist route". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  8. ^ First quits London bus business Bus & Coach Professional 9 April 2013
  9. ^ Date set for Aussie takeover of London bus routes Australasian Bus & Coach 14 June 2013

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