London Buses route RV1
|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|
Royal Festival Hall
|End||Tower Gateway station|
|Length||6 miles (9.7 km)|
|Journey time||24–33 minutes|
|Operates||06:00 until 01:00|
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. It serves many streets that previously were not served by buses.
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.
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.
In November 2010, it was announced that the route will again be operated with hydrogen-powered vehicles. One new bus came into service in December 2010, and seven more were in service by the end of 2011.
- Covent Garden Catherine Street
- Waterloo station
- National Theatre
- London Bridge station
- Tower Gateway station
- "Riverside bus". Cross River Partnership. Retrieved 22 June 2007.
- Edwards, Rhiannon (29 April 2014). "Tube strike? See more of London by bus". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
- "Best of 2002 part 1: The RV1". London Bus Page. Retrieved 22 June 2007.
- Aldridge, John (June 2002). "RV1, the honeypot route via Tate Modern". Buses (Ian Allan Publishing) (567): 14.
- "RV1 emission-free bus trial "a great success"". London SE1 Community Website. Retrieved 22 June 2007.
- "RV1 bus route to be converted to hydrogen power". London SE1 Community Website. Retrieved 9 November 2010.
- Barley, Shanta (10 December 2010). "Hydrogen bus launched on London tourist route". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 December 2010.
- First quits London bus business Bus & Coach Professional 9 April 2013
- Date set for Aussie takeover of London bus routes Australasian Bus & Coach 14 June 2013