London Buses route RV1
|Garage||Lea Interchange (LI)|
|Vehicle||VDL SB200 / Wright Pulsar 2 Hydrogen-powered Vanhool fuel cell bus Hydrogen-powered|
|Peak vehicle requirement||6|
|Began service||27 April 2002|
|Ended service||14 June 2019|
Royal Festival Hall
|End||Tower Gateway station|
|Length||6 miles (9.7 km)|
London Buses route RV1 was a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Covent Garden and Tower Gateway station, it was operated by Tower Transit until 14 June 2019, when it was permanently withdrawn.
Route RV1 commenced operating on 27 April 2002 between Covent Garden and Tower Gateway station. The service carried Riverside branding and was intended to open up the South Bank, connecting visitor attractions including the National Theatre, London Eye, Royal Festival Hall and Tate Modern. It serves many streets that had not been served by buses.
It was one of the first routes in London to use off-bus ticketing only, leading to quicker boarding and journey times, and unusually operated at the same frequency on Sundays as on other days of the week.
The route used to be operated by diesel fuelled Mercedes-Benz Citaros. Between September 2004 and January 2007, three trial fuel cell powered Mercedes-Benz Citaros were used on this route to compare their efficiency with their diesel equivalents. The fuel cell buses only operated in the mornings and early afternoon due to a lack of fuel capacity.
In November 2010, it was announced that the route would again be operated with hydrogen-powered vehicles. One new bus came into service in December 2010, and seven more were in service by the end of 2011.
On 22 June 2013, route RV1 was included in the sale of First London's Lea Interchange garage to Tower Transit. In August 2014, WiFi technology was introduced on one bus on route RV1. New passenger information screens were also introduced on one bus on the route.
Following declining usage and a frequency cut in February 2018, it was proposed by Transport for London that the route be withdrawn. Although Southwark Council and local residents protested against the withdrawal of the route the route was withdrawn at the close of service on 14 June 2019.
Route RV1 operated via these primary locations:
- Covent Garden Catherine Street
- Waterloo Bridge
- Waterloo station
- Royal Festival Hall
- Oxo Tower
- Southwark Street
- London Bridge station
- City Hall/Tower Bridge
- Tower of London
- Tower Gateway station
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- Edwards, Rhiannon (29 April 2014). "Tube strike? See more of London by bus". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
- Aldridge, John (June 2002). "RV1, the honeypot route via Tate Modern". Buses. Ian Allan Publishing (567): 14.
- "RV1 emission-free bus trial "a great success"". London SE1 Community Website. Retrieved 22 June 2007.
- "RV1 bus route to be converted to hydrogen power". London SE1 Community Website. Retrieved 9 November 2010.
- Barley, Shanta (10 December 2010). "Hydrogen bus launched on London tourist route". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 December 2010.
- Mayor of London unveils hydrogen bus fleet for the Capital Transport for London 10 December 2010
- First quits London bus business Archived 7 June 2014 at the Wayback Machine Bus & Coach Professional 9 April 2013
- Date set for Aussie takeover of London bus routes Australasian Bus & Coach 14 June 2013
- Curtis, Sophie (6 August 2014). "Transport for London trials free WiFi on buses". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
- "Free WiFi trialled on London buses". BBC News. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
- De Peyer, Robin (6 August 2014). "Free WiFi trialled on two London bus routes". Evening Standard. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
- Hopping, Clare (7 August 2014). "TfL to trial WiFi on Number 12 and RV1 London buses". Recombu. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
- Worth, Dan (6 August 2014). "TfL will trial bus WiFi and digital seat data displays". V3. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
- "WiFi trial on RV1 bus route". London SE1. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
- Van Hool: Two fuel cell buses for London Bus & Coach Buyer 7 January 2016
- Fuel-cells and electric demo into service Buses issue 756 March 2018 page 22
- "Route RV1 Review of Usage and Service Planning September 2018" (PDF). Retrieved 28 September 2018.
- "Central London Bus Services Review" (PDF). Retrieved 12 April 2019.
- TfL withdraws RV1 and announces further route changes Coach & Bus Week issue 1389 16 April 2019 page 7
- Permanent Bus Changes 12 April 2019 to 30 June 2019 Transport for London
- Route RV1 Map Transport for London
Media related to London Buses route RV1 at Wikimedia Commons