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Ray Monk
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E 72 M53DLN

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Lewisham Bus Station

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Details: East Thames Buses received a further pair of Mercedes-Benz minibuses from sister company London Dial-a-Ride in 2006, to serve in the crew ferry role. These both had their DaR fleetnumbers ammended with an E prefix, E72 having been D72 (and originally 042) in the North East London DaR fleet. The lettering for its previous user can still be discerned on the bonnet. It was caught at Lewisham Bus Station on 24th August 2006, passing Metrobus Dennis Trident 426, one of a rapidly diminishing number of buses used on LT services that do not carry standard red livery.
Anyone unfamiliar with the London Dial-a-Ride operation may be surprised to learn that they run a fleet of around 300 red Mercedes-Benz minibuses, mostly of the 308D and 311 Sprinter models, but also including some larger 609/611/614 types. Originally organised on a borough basis, this was later changed to regional sub-fleets (eg West London DaR) and a London-wide numbering scheme was added in about 2003. Despite all London bus services now being wheelchair accesible, the DaR fleet continues, and has recently received some silver Mercedes-Benz Vito minibuses in the D5xx range. These carry the TfL roundel more prominently and can be mistaken for SVs!

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