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Ray Monk
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Details: The small bus operating base at Belvedere was originally run by Harris Bus, later East Thames Buses. It now comes under the Go-Ahead London group although it is curiously operated under the London General licence while nearby Bexleyheath is with London Central. The base is on a rather remote industrial estate, and runs just two routes. The 180 terminates nearby, but the 244 goes no closer than Abbey Wood Station and thus needs crew ferries. Crew changeovers are often performed at route termini, and this would certainly have been possible here. However, the route 244 changeovers are instead done at Watersmeet Place, close to Thamesmead ''town centre''. In Autumn 2014 I discovered that a former Metrobus vehicle (GY56DLJ) was being used but, before I could get a photograph of it, it was replaced by this brand new Ford. EK64CFY is a Ford Transit Connect Mk2 crew van, photographed in Thamesmead on 3rd December 2014. Although some earlier Ford Transit Connect service vehicles may have had the second row of seats, this is only the third seen with the extra side windows (after 5687F and electric EU61CRZ). To complete an already lengthy caption, I should remind viewers that the faces of people included in these photographs are blurred in cases where they would otherwise be easily recognisable.

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