|There are several points of interest about this photo of Bedford Astra van 3476B at Lewisham Bus Station on 8th July 1989. Most notably, the van seems to be missing its front number plate. It is also lacking the smart wheeltrims that were fitted to most of LT's inspector's Astras (both cars and vans). It has the roof mounted roundel but this is mounted in a red frame (others were grey or unpainted metal), this feature also being seen on similar 3477B which was also based locally. The cabside lettering has been all but obliterated, and the fleetnumber looks more like 34763! While most of the 1986/1987 Astras were withdrawn when less than 3 years old, 3476B was one of several to soldier on for another year and was one of the last pair when it was returned off lease in June 1990.
The environs of Lewisham Bus Station have undergone two major transformations since this photo was taken. In 1999 an extension of the Docklands Light Railway to Lewisham was opened, the construction of the station involving the demolition of the houses seen in the background and the moving of the bus station (which became a bus stand only). More recently the area was further cleared to enable the construction of several high-rise residential blocks, with the bus stand now moved again to the other side of the train station. This area features junctions of both railway lines and rivers (the Ravensbourne and the Quaggy). The railways are elevated, while the rivers run in man-made channels, that for the Ravensbourne being visible beyond the van.
|Note added Fri 26/08/2022 by Paul Nicholls|
I think the reg plate is fitted but the glare of the sun is making the plate look blank.