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Friern Barnet Photo Archive

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HV 254 sporting an illuminated bus side photographed in Oakleigh Road North on 22 November 2019
Picture added on 22 November 2019 at 12:27
A lot of interest in this picture to a bus enthusiast. This bus is new on route 34 as on the 9 November 2019 the contract changed from Metroline to Arriva bringing the route back to Palmers Green garage, a garage the route has had a long history with. The bus came from Tottenham and has not yet had its garage code changed, the small white AR just above the front wheel, the code for Palmers Green is AD. It moved along with 51 of the same type to Palmers Green to take over the contract for the 34 and at the same time convert the 102 to the hybrid powered bus type.
TFL bus route contracts are for 5-7 years and are regularly tendered resulting in both change of operator and bus type as the TFL contract requirements are regularly updated to latest best practice including air quality targets. Hence the growing use of hybrid buses and the start of using fully battery powered buses, as illustrated recently with the new buses on the 43 and 134.
Added by Tony on 04 December 2019
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