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Lots of buses now perform ancillary roles which mean they could be considered to be service vehicles. Recently this has included a number of double-deckers positioned at bus terminals for use as crew resting facilities. I haven't bothered listing these in the database as they are likely to only be short term. I also take the view that I don't need to cover any buses that are still listed by LOTS in their 'Bus and Tram Fleetbook' series. The latter condition also applies to a number of minibuses that have been used as crew ferries over the years. Malcolm photographed this Mercedes Sprinter minibus at Alexandra Palace on 19th March 2022 when it was being used to support a shuttle bus service between the exhibition venue and the stations at the bottom of the hill (Alexandra Palace and Wood Green). Numbered as MB2 and wearing a pale blue livery, it was one of about a dozen similar vehicles acquired a couple of years ago for an experimental 'demand responsive' bus service around Sutton. A similar scheme in Ealing was run by RATP. DRT (Demand Responsive Transit) became fashionable a few years ago, although many of the schemes did not last very long. The two in London were suspended when the first COVID-19 lockdown was introduced and it was decided that they would not be resumed. Most of the minibuses passed to other Go-Ahead operators, but two were retained, mainly to support the commercial fleet operating from the Luton outstation.
Photo ID: 7111
Photo date: 19/03/2022 Size: Extra Large. View regular size
Subject/s: Go-Ahead BL16GAO
Date added: 13/04/2022