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||4 miles (6 km)|
|Frequency||About every 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, United Kingdom. The service is currently contracted to Tower Transit. Prior to its launch, the service was promoted as Riverside Bus, and was intended to open up the south bank of riverside London, connecting visitor attractions such as the Tower of London, the Tate Modern, the South Bank arts complex, the London Eye and Covent Garden.
The route was inaugurated on 27 April 2002 and proved popular with both tourists and commuters, as it is the only route to serve many roads between Waterloo and London Bridge. 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 rigid (i.e. not articulated) Mercedes-Benz 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 will be in service by the end of 2011.
On 22 June 2013, the operation of route RV1 was transferred to Tower Transit.
- Covent Garden Catherine Street
- Waterloo Station
- National Theatre
- London Bridge Station
- Tower Gateway Station
- "Riverside bus". Cross River Partnership. Retrieved 22 June 2007.
- "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.