Passengers may curse them, but bus rail replacement services in London are carefully planned, operated and reviewed to make them work as well as possible, as SIMON THOMAS explains

Rail replacement is at its most intense during weekday strikes. This was the scene at Stratford in August 2015 as commuters gathered around an Alexander Dennis Enviro400 of Sheernessbased Travelmasters, one of the operators subcontracted by Ensignbus to provide additional buses on key routes. This was helping supplement the service on route 25.
TA211 (SN51 SYO), an Alexander ALX400-bodied Dennis Trident in RATP’s United Motorcoaches commercial fleet, providing a London Underground replacement service to Kensington Olympia last May.

Few passengers are happy to arrive at their local railway station on a Sunday morning to find buses replacing trains.


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