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SECTION 2: PART A 
 
SERVICE SPECIFICATION FOR ROUTE Nos. 73 & N73 
 
 
CONTENTS 
Page 
 
  1. 
Tenders Required 

  2. 
Proposed Changes 
2   
  3. 
Terminals 
3   
  4. 
Days of Operation 
4   
  5. 
Vehicle Type 

  6. 
Frequencies 

  7. 
Minimum Performance Standards 
14   
  8. 
Running Times 
15   
  9. 
Layovers 
16   
10. Timing 
Constraints 
16  
11. Control 
Strategy 
16 
12. Operational 
Considerations 
17  
13. Stopping 
Arrangements 
18 
14. 
Timing Points and Mileages 
18 
15. Vehicle 
Livery 
19  
 
Appendices 
 
  A. 
Route Record 
20 
  B. 
Public Timetables for Route Nos. 73, 476 & N73 
34 
  C. 
Sample Running Times 
37 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
_________________________________________________________________________ 
This document should be read in conjunction with the Corporation’s Guide for 
Tenderers (Part A: Explanatory Notes - Service Requirements).  Where appropriate, 
reference is made to the relevant section.
 

Service Specification for Route Nos. 73 & N73 - 02/05/03 
 
1. TENDERS 
REQUIRED 
 
This document describes the service for which the Corporation requires Tenders and 
Tenderers must submit a fully compliant bid.  In addition, Tenderers may wish to draw 
upon their local knowledge to submit alternative bids which offer improved value for 
money in meeting passenger needs.  These might incorporate, for example, different 
timings, frequencies, route structures and / or vehicles. The Corporation will welcome 
such bids and give them careful consideration.  
 
For more information, please refer to Section 2.1 of Part A of the Guide for Tenderers. 
 
2. PROPOSED 
CHANGES 
 
At this time, no changes are proposed to the existing service for introduction prior to the 
commencement of the new Route Agreement for Route Nos. 73 & N73.  
 
Tenderers should note that the following alterations (subject to consultation) are 
proposed as part of this Service Specification for introduction with the new Route 
Agreement: 
 
Two options are specified: 
 
Option 1:  
•  Double-deck, low-floor, dual door, one person operated, 80 capacity vehicles are 
specified.  
•  Mondays to Fridays AM peak frequencies are increased following the withdrawal 
of the short working journeys (See sub section Options 1 & 2). 
•  Mondays to Fridays interpeak frequencies are increased from every 5 minutes to 
every 4 minutes.  
•  Mondays to Fridays PM peak, ex Victoria, two additional journeys are specified 
during this period (in this direction only). 
• 
Additional tender bids based on crew operated Routemaster buses would be 
acceptable provided that the peak hourly capacities specified under Option 1 are 
maintained. In practice, this would require 2 additional trips from Stoke Newington to 
Victoria in the Monday to Friday AM peak (departing between 0730 and 0855), 
and 2 additional trips from Victoria to Stoke Newington in the Monday to Friday PM 
peak (departing between 1625 and 1815). 
 
 

Option 2: 
•  Single-deck, low-floor, three door, one person operated, cashless articulated vehicles 
are specified. 
•  Mondays to Fridays AM peak frequencies are specified at every 3½ minutes. Ex 
Stoke Newington, one additional journey is specified during this period (in this 
direction only). 
•  Mondays to Fridays PM peak frequencies are specified at every 4 minutes.  
 
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2. 
PROPOSED CHANGES - continued 
 
Options 1 & 2:  
• 
Route No. 73 is re-structured to operate between Stoke Newington and Victoria 
at all times. All short working journeys between Tottenham, Swan/Stoke 
Newington and Tottenham Court Road Station and Oxford Circus and Victoria are 
withdrawn. All projected journeys between Stoke Newington and Tottenham 
Green are also withdrawn.  
•  Route No. N73 currently runs in two legs between Walthamstow and Victoria and 
between Seven Sisters and Victoria during weekend nights. Each leg operates at a 
frequency of every 30 minutes. The service will be restructured to operate between 
Walthamstow and Victoria at all times. 
•  Weekend night frequencies on Route No. N73 are specified at every 15 minutes.  
•  A Boxing Day service on Route No. 73 is specified at a frequency of every 10 
minutes.  Tenderers must identify the cost of the Boxing Day element of this 
service separately. 

 
3. TERMINALS 
 
Under Options 1 & 2:  
 
Route No. 73 will operate between Stoke Newington and Victoria. 
 
Route No. N73 will operate between Walthamstow and Victoria. 
 
Full details of the route to be followed, the permitted terminal workings and the available 
stands are shown at Appendix A.  Tenderers should particularly note the information 
relating to the shared usage of stands, the taking of meal reliefs and the use of ferry 
vehicles. 
 
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4. 

DAYS OF OPERATION 
 
One timetable must be offered for Route Nos. 73 & N73 which will operate as follows: 
 
DAY OF OPERATION 
Option 1 
Option 2 
Mondays to Fridays 
Section 6.1 
Section 6.1 
Saturdays and Good Friday 
Section 6.2 
Section 6.2 
Sundays 
Section 6.3 
Section 6.3 
Christmas Day 
No service 
No service 
Boxing Day 
Section 6.4 
Section 6.4 
Other Public Holidays 
Sunday service 
Sunday service 
Sunday night/Monday morning to Thursday 
Section 6.5 
Section 6.5 
night/Friday morning 
Friday night/Saturday morning to Saturday 
Section 6.6 
Section 6.6 
night/Sunday morning 
New Year’s Eve night/New Year’s Day 
Nightly service 
Nightly service 
morning* 
Christmas Eve night/Christmas Day morning 
No service 
No service 
Christmas Day night/Boxing Day morning 
No service 
No service 
 
* The New Year’s Eve service level should be regarded as a minimum and any 
frequency increases and/or diversions will be discussed with the successful Tenderer 
on an annual basis. 
 
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5. VEHICLE 
TYPE 
 
Please refer to Section 2.5 of Part A of the Guide for Tenderers. 
 
Route Nos. 73 & N73 are currently approved for vehicles which are a maximum of 10.6 
metres long and 2.55 metres wide. A formal route test will be required for vehicles which 
exceed these dimensions. This will be arranged with the successful Tenderer.  
 
Option 1 
The service requirement set out in Section 6, assumes that dual door, double-deck 
buses with a minimum capacity of 80, of which at least 68 should be seated, will be 
used on Route Nos. 73 and N73. CCTV should be fitted throughout the interior of the 
vehicle. Additional tender bids based on crew operated Routemaster buses would also 
be acceptable. However, due to their lower capacity, additional Mondays to Fridays 
peak journeys will be required as shown in Section 6.1. Luggage space should also be 
provided. 
 
Option 2 
The service requirement set out in Section 6, assumes that three door, articulated 
buses with a minimum capacity of 140, of which at least 48 should be seated, will be 
used on Route No. 73. Articulated vehicles should not exceed 18 metres in length and 
be fitted with CCTV throughout the interior of the vehicle. Articulated vehicles must be 
fitted with a driver operated public address system.  Luggage space should also be 
provided. Double deck vehicles are acceptable for operation on Route No. N73. 
 
 Both 
Options 
Under both options, Tenderers must submit proposals based on new vehicles.  These 
must be of a low floor design and be accessible by wheelchairs by means of a powered 
ramp. On three door buses, these should be fitted to the centre door.  The Corporation 
will need to review compatibility with the infrastructure throughout the route and if there 
are serious practical problems with centre door ramps these will be discussed with the 
successful Tenderer. 
 
Tenderers should refer to the vehicle design (including accessibility) features contained 
in Schedule II to Annex B of the Framework Agreement. 
 
 
Tenderers should note that all bids based on new vehicles should meet or exceed 
the current legal emissions standards. Tenderers are encouraged to submit bids 
based on vehicles which meet more demanding emissions standards prior to these 
becoming mandatory. 
 
 
London Buses requires that all bids based on new vehicles should incorporate the 
cost of regenerative particulate traps. Tenderers should also separately identify the 
cost of this feature. 
 
Tenderers may also submit bids based on using existing vehicles.  London Buses is 
committed to the fitment of CCTV systems on all buses by 2005 and therefore any bids 
based on existing vehicles must include the costs of CCTV provision, where not already 
fitted to the vehicles concerned.  Costs of any measures to reduce emissions should 
also be included.  
 
 
It is expected that all buses will be powered by ultra low sulphur diesel (ULSD). If a 
Tenderer is not able to meet this requirement, this should be stated in their tender 
bid.  Bids based on buses using alternative fuels will be considered. 
 
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6. FREQUENCIES 
 
The level of service (e.g. every 15 minutes) required by the Corporation is described in 
terms of the interval between departures.  Whilst a completely regular service at the 
specified frequency should be possible at most times, occasionally a bus may be 
timetabled to depart up to five minutes earlier or later than the regular time. 
 
Tenderers should note that when the specified frequency changes (e.g. between the 
peak and midday periods), the scheduled interval between buses should never be 
greater than that provided by the lower of the two frequencies AT ANY POINT ON 
THE ROUTE. 
 
Tenderers should note that unless otherwise stated all journeys should operate 
between the terminal points defined in each direction. 
 
 
 
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6.1 
Mondays to Fridays 
 
Option 1 
1. 
Stoke Newington to Victoria 
 
 
0450 - 0600  Every 10 minutes 
 
 
0601 - 0630  Every  5 minutes 
 
 
0631 - 0700  Every  4 minutes 
 
 
0701 - 0855   Every  22/5 minutes (25 buses per hour)* 
 
 
0856 - 0915  Every  3 minutes 
 
 
0916 - 1500  Every  4 minutes 
 
 
1501 - 1740  Every  3 minutes 
 
 
1741 - 1810  Every  4 minutes 
 
 
1811 - 2000  Every  5 minutes 
 
 
2001 - 0010  Every  7½ minutes 
 
First departure from Stoke Newington no later than 0455. 
Last departure from Stoke Newington no earlier than 0005. 
 
Tenderers should ensure that buses are scheduled to be no more than 4 minutes 
apart at Oxford Circus between 0700 and 0735, no more than 22/5 minutes apart 
at Islington, Angel between 0715 and 0855, no more than 4 minutes apart at 
Oxford Circus between 1500 and 1550 and no more than 3 minutes apart at 
Oxford Circus between 1551 and 1630. 
Note* - 
For Tender bids based on crew operated Routemaster buses, 2 additional 
trips are required from Stoke Newington, Common to Victoria departing between 
0730 and 0855. 
 
2. 
Victoria to Stoke Newington 
0540 - 0650  Every 10 minutes 
0651 - 0720  Every  5 minutes  
0721 - 0750   Every  4 minutes 
4
0751 - 0900  Every  2 /13 minutes (26 buses per hour) 
0901 - 0940   Every  22/5 minutes (25 buses per hour) 
0941 - 1000  Every  3 minutes 
1001 - 1610  Every  4 minutes 
1611 - 1640   Every  3 minutes* 
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1641 - 1840  Every  2 /11 minutes (22 buses per hour)* 
1841 - 1900  Every  3 minutes 
1901 - 1930  Every  4 minutes 
1931 - 2110  Every  5 minutes 
2111 - 0100  Every  7½ minutes   
 
First departure from Victoria no later than 0545.  
Last departure from Victoria no earlier than 0055. 
 
Tenderers should ensure that buses are scheduled to be no more than 4 minutes 
4
apart at Islington, Angel between 0750 and 0830, no more than 2 /13 minutes apart 
between 0830 and 0940, no more than 4 minutes apart between 1500 and 1700, no 
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more than 3 minutes apart between 1701 and 1730 and no more than 2 /11 minutes 
between 1731 and 1925. 
Note* - For Tender bids based on crew operated Routemaster buses, 2 additional 
trips are required from Victoria to Stoke Newington, Common departing between 
1625 and 1815. 
 
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6.1 
Mondays to Fridays 
 
Option 2 
 
1. 
Stoke Newington to Victoria 
 
 
 
0450 - 0600  Every 10 minutes 
 
 
0601 - 0630  Every  5 minutes 
 
 
0631 - 0700  Every  4 minutes 
 
 
0701 - 0735  Every  3½ minutes (17 buses per hour) 
 
 
0736 - 0835   Every  31/3 minutes (18 buses per hour) 
 
 
0836 - 0915  Every  3½ minutes (17 buses per hour) 
 
 
0916 - 1500  Every  5 minutes 
 
 
1501 - 1810  Every  4 minutes 
 
 
1811 - 2000  Every  5 minutes 
 
 
2001 - 0010  Every  7½ minutes 
 
First departure from Stoke Newington no later than 0455. 
Last departure from Stoke Newington no earlier than 0005. 
 
Tenderers should ensure that buses are scheduled to be no more than 3½ 
minutes apart at Oxford Circus between 0735 and 0815, no more than 31/3 
minutes apart at Islington, Angel between 0750 and 0850, no more than 5 
minutes apart at Oxford Circus between 1500 and 1550 and no more than 4 
minutes apart between 1551 and 1630. 
 
2. 
Victoria to Stoke Newington 
 
0540 - 0650  Every 10 minutes 
0651 - 0720  Every  5 minutes 
0721 - 0750  Every  4 minutes  
0751 - 1000   Every  3½ minutes (17 buses per hour) 
1001 - 1610   Every  5 minutes 
1611 - 1910  Every  4 minutes  
1911 - 2110  Every  5 minutes 
2111 - 0100  Every  7½ minutes   
 
First departure from Victoria no later than 0545.  
Last departure from Victoria no earlier than 0055. 
 
Tenderers should ensure that buses are scheduled to be no more than 4 
minutes apart at Islington, Angel between 0750 and 0830, no more than 3½ 
minutes apart between 0831 and 0930 and no more than 5 minutes apart 
between 1500 and 1630.  
 
 
 
 
 

 
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6.2 
Saturdays & Good Friday 
 
Options 1 & 2 
 
1. 
Stoke Newington to Victoria 
 
 
 
0450 - 0550  Every 15 minutes 
 
 
0551 - 0710  Every 10 minutes 
 
 
0711 - 1810  Every  6 minutes  
 
 
1811 - 0010  Every  7½ minutes 
 
First departure from Stoke Newington no later than 0455. 
Last departure from Stoke Newington no earlier than 0005. 
 
Tenderers should ensure that buses are scheduled to be no more than 6 
minutes apart at Oxford Circus between 0930 and 1100. 
 
2. 
Victoria to Stoke Newington 
 
0540 - 0625  Every 15 minutes 
0626 - 0755  Every 10 minutes 
0756 - 1915  Every  6 minutes 
1916 - 0100  Every  7½ minutes 
 
First departure from Victoria no later than 0545.  
Last departure from Victoria no earlier than 0055. 
 
Tenderers should ensure that buses are scheduled to be no more than 6 
minutes apart at Islington, Angel between 0930 and 1100. 
 
 
 
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6.3 Sundays 
 
Options 1 & 2 
 
1. 
Stoke Newington to Victoria 
 
 
 
0450 - 0605  Every 15 minutes 
 
 
0606 - 0755  Every 10 minutes 
 
 
0756 - 0010  Every  7½ minutes 
 
First departure from Stoke Newington no later than 0455. 
Last departure from Stoke Newington no earlier than 0005. 
 
Tenderers should ensure that buses are scheduled to be no more than 7½ 
minutes apart at Oxford Circus between 1030 and 1130. 
 
2. 
Victoria to Stoke Newington 
 
0540 - 0655  Every 15 minutes 
0656 - 0855   Every 10 minutes 
0856 - 0100  Every  7½ minutes 
 
First departure from Victoria no later than 0545.  
Last departure from Victoria no earlier than 0055. 
 
Tenderers should ensure that buses are scheduled to be no more than 7½ 
minutes apart at Islington, Angel between 1030 and 1130.  
 
 
 
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6.4 Boxing 
Day 
 
Options 1 & 2 
 
 1. 
Stoke Newington to Victoria  
 
0800 - 0010  Every 10 minutes 
 
First departure from Stoke Newington no later than 0805. 
Last departure from Stoke Newington no earlier than 0005. 
 
2. 
Victoria to Stoke Newington 
 
0810 - 0100  Every 10 minutes 
 
First departure from Victoria no later than 0815.  
Last departure from Victoria no earlier than 0055. 
 
Tenderers must indicate costs for this element of the service separately. 
 
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6.5 
Sunday nights/Monday mornings to Thursday nights/Fridays mornings 
 
Options 1 & 2 
 
 1. 
Walthamstow to Victoria  
 
2350 - 0430  Every 30 minutes 
 
First departure from Walthamstow no later than 2355. 
Last departure from Walthamstow no earlier than 0425. 
 
2. 
Victoria to Walthmstow 
 
0100 - 0540  Every 30 minutes 
 
First departure from Victoria no later than 0105.  
Last departure from Victoria no earlier than 0535. 
 
 
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6.6 
Friday nights/Saturday mornings to Saturday nights/Sunday mornings 
 
Options 1 & 2 
 
 1. 
Walthamstow to Victoria  
 
2350 - 0430  Every 15 minutes 
 
First departure from Walthamstow no later than 2355. 
Last departure from Walthamstow no earlier than 0425. 
 
2. 
Victoria to Walthmstow 
 
0100 - 0540  Every 15 minutes 
 
First departure from Victoria no later than 0105.  
Last departure from Victoria no earlier than 0535. 
 
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7. 
MINIMUM PERFORMANCE STANDARDS 
 
Please refer to Section 2.7 of Part A of the Guide for Tenderers. 
 
Tenderers should note that the objective of the Operator of Route Nos. 73 & N73 
shall be to operate all scheduled mileage and adhere fully  to the published 
timetable.  The Operator must use its best endeavours to achieve this. 
 
The minimum standards of acceptable performance for Route No. 73 (Options 1 & 
2) 
shall be: 
  
Average Excess Wait Time: 
 
 
No more than 1.90 minutes 
Minimum Operated Mileage: 
 
 
No less than 98.00% 
 
The minimum standards of acceptable performance for Route No. N73 shall be: 
 
 Departing 
on 
Time 
    No 
less 
than 
76.00% 
 
Minimum Operated Mileage 
 
 
No less than 99.00% 
 
or as notified by the Corporation from time to time.  The Operator will be required to 
achieve or better the standards. 
 
It is unlikely that the minimum number of QSI surveys for performance measurement 
will be conducted on Route No. N73 at present. However, this may change at a later 
date. 
 
QSI Thresholds  
 
The QSI threshold is the standard of performance to be achieved by the operator in 
order to qualify for an automatic contract extension (in accordance with Schedule IX of 
the Framework Agreement). 
 
Average Excess Wait Time Threshold (Options 1 & 2) = 1.70 minutes 
 
It is unlikely that the minimum number of QSI surveys for Threshold measurement will 
be conducted on Route No. N73 at present.  However, this may change at a later date 
when a Threshold figure may be published. 
 
Summary of proposed QSI coverage: Route Nos. 73 & N73 
 
Note: While London Buses undertakes to carry out QSI surveys at the times and 
locations specified below, it may prove impossible to rearrange a survey cancelled or 
nullified at short notice. 
Survey locations (Options 1 & 2) 
 
 
Towards Victoria 
Towards Stoke Newington  
Stoke Newington 
Victoria 
Islington Angel 
Oxford Circus 
Euston Euston 
Oxford Street 
Islington Angel 
 
 
Total scheduled manual QSI surveys per quarter = 128. 
 
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8. RUNNING 

TIMES 
 
The public timetables for the existing Route Nos. 73 & N73 are attached at Appendix B. 
 These give an indication of the time required to travel the routes. Attention is drawn to 
the variations in running times at different times of the day.  Please refer to Section 2.8 
of Part A of the Guide for Tenderers for further information. 
 
 
Where insufficient information is provided by the public timetable for some periods of 
operation, Tenderers should refer to Appendix C which provides a specimen of current 
running times. 
 
Tenderers should carefully check the existing running times to ensure that they are 
adequate in present traffic conditions.  Tenderers should particularly check the existing 
running times for: 
•  Mondays to Fridays evenings, and Saturday and Sunday shopping period. 
• 
Saturdays and Sundays AM between 0001 – 0230. 
 
When reviewing existing, and devising new, running times Tenderers should refer to: 
•  the minimum performance standards for Route Nos. 73 & N73 in Section 7 above; 
•  the historical performance data provided in section 1 part B of the introduction to this 
ITT. 
 
Under  Option 1, Tenderers submitting bids for operation with one person operated 
buses should assume that, for bidding purposes, cashless operation (boarding via 
the front door only) will be employed on Route Nos. 73 & N73. The Pay Before You 
Board Zone will apply between Euston Station Euston Road and Victoria Station ex 
Walthamstow Central Station/Stoke Newington Common, and between Victoria 
Station and Euston Station ex Victoria Station. Tenderers should allow for realistic 
increases in daily running times. As a guide, the Corporation estimates that running 
times should increase by approximately 9% for dual door, double deck buses with 
one person operation when compared to Routemaster operation. 
Under  Option 2, Tenderers submitting bids for operation with articulated buses, with 
cashless and open boarding operation, should allow for realistic daily running times.  
The Corporation expects to implement an open boarding system if articulated buses are 
awarded. Roadside ticket machines would be introduced which would obviate the need 
for cash tickets to be issued on bus, and for most types of passes to be checked by the 
driver. This would enable all doors to be used for boarding and alighting and, 
consequently, would have an impact upon dwell times at bus stops and running times. 
As a guide, the Corporation estimates that running times should increase by 
approximately 5% for three door, single-deck buses when compared to Routemaster 
operation.   
Under both Options 1 & 2, when devising changes to running times, especially in the 
context of a move to cashless and open boarding operation, Tenderers must 
demonstrate that their proposals are robust and operable in present traffic conditions 
at all stops and the terminal points on the route. 
 
In order to meet reliability targets, Tenderers may wish to consider the inclusion of a 
boarding time allowance for northbound buses on Route No. N73 at Tottenham Court 
Road as appropriate on all or some nights. 
 
Tenderers may consider if school summer holiday schedules, incorporating running 
time reductions, are desirable for this route. In this event, schedules and costs must be 
submitted separately. 
 
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9. LAYOVERS 
 
Under normal circumstances, layover time on stands and at bus stations should be 
restricted to that required to provide a reliable service.  Longer layovers for any other 
purpose may only be taken with the permission of the Corporation. 
 
10. TIMING 

CONSTRAINTS 
 
Route No. 73 should interwork with Route No. N73 to form a seamless 24 hour service 
between Newington Green and Victoria Station. 
 
Route No. 73 should interwork with Route No. 476 between Stoke Newington Common 
and Euston Station during early mornings on Saturdays and Sundays. 
 
Route No. N73 should interwork with Route No. 476 to form a seamless 24 hour service 
between Seven Sisters Station and Euston Station. 
 
11. CONTROL 
STRATEGY 
 
Route Nos. 73 & N73 can suffer from the effects of traffic congestion, making some 
form of route control essential in order to achieve or better the minimum performance 
standards for this route. 
 
Tenderers should submit proposals on the control strategy they intend to adopt and 
the type of control they would intend to use by completing the form provided in 
Section 3: Part 7 of this ITT.  The cost of this control should be included within the 
main Tender price. 
 
Tenderers should also indicate how they intend to facilitate driver changeovers and 
meal reliefs for this route. 
 
Further information is provided in Section 2.11 of Part A of the Guide for Tenderers. 
 
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12. OPERATIONAL 
CONSIDERATIONS 
 
Tenderers should note the following operational considerations affecting Route Nos. 73 
& N73: 
 
•  Congestion charging in Central London was introduced within the Inner Ring Road 
area from 17th February 2003.  
•  In Summer 2003, part of the West End will be a Pay Before you Board Zone which 
will obviate the need for cash tickets to be issued on bus, and for passes to be 
checked by the driver (See Section 8 for details).  
•  This route can suffer from major disruption in the Tottenham area during home 
matches of Tottenham Football Club. 
•  This route can suffer from unpredictable traffic delays throughout the route at all 
times, particularly during peak periods. 
•  The re-building of Victoria Bus Station has commenced. This will affect the 
capacity and layout of the bus station and will affect standing arrangements 
throughout the Victoria area. 
 
Tenderers should also note the following factors/events which may have an impact on 
Route Nos. 73 & N73 in the foreseeable future: 
 
•  The redevelopment of St Pancras Station in connection with LUL, Channel Tunnel 
Rail Link and several development sites will affect traffic arrangements in the King’s 
Cross area, particularly in Pancras Road and Goods Way where severe delays are 
expected until at least 2007. 
•  Traffic flows and bus movements may be altered around the King’s Cross railway 
lands redevelopment site, upon completion. 
•  The construction of the proposed Cross River Transit, which is due to run via King’s 
Cross Station, could commence during the lifetime of this contract, having a further 
impact on Route No. 73 & N73. 
• 
Proposals exist for the re-development of Tottenham Court Road Station. This is 
likely to involve temporary road closures and possible disruption to bus services in 
the surrounding area (Andrew Borde Street will be closed and bus stands will be 
relocated to St. Giles High Street. Irrespective of which option is successful, this will 
constrain the amount of stand space available at this location). 
• 
Walthamstow Bus Station will be re-built and works will commence in May 2003 
and will be completed in May 2004 which will coincide with the commencement of 
the new route agreement. If works on the bus station are not completed, alternative 
standing arrangements will need to be sought.  
•  A proposal exists for the development of the theatre at the Islington Green/Essex 
Road junction. The effects of construction work could cause possible disruption to 
Route Nos. 73 and N73 and other bus services in the surrounding area. 
 
The above represents the information currently available to the Corporation.  Tenderers 
should make their own enquiries about events which may impact upon the route and 
should form their own views about their likely effect upon it. 
 
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13. STOPPING 

ARRANGEMENTS 
 
Buses operating on Route Nos. 73 & N73 must serve all stops on the line of route 
designated for the route.  There are two types of bus stop: 
 
•  Compulsory (white stop flag):   where all buses must stop. 
•  Request (red stop flag):    
where buses are only required to stop if a   
 
 
 
 
passenger rings the bell or an intending passenger  
 
    signals 
to 
the 
driver. 
 
 
On all night routes (with N prefix), all bus stops are regarded as request stops 
regardless of their type. 
 
14. 
TIMING POINTS & MILEAGES 
 
Timing Points    
 
Route No. 73 
 
Buses should be timed at the following points: 
Stoke Newington Common 
Victoria Station 
Newington Green 
Marble Arch 
Essex Road Station 
Oxford Circus 
Islington Angel 
Tottenham Court Road Station 
King’s Cross Station 
Euston Station 
Euston Station Euston Road 
King’s Cross Station 
Tottenham Court Road Station 
Islington Angel 
Oxford Circus 
Essex Road Station 
Marble Arch 
Newington Green 
Victoria Station 
Stoke Newington High Street 
 
Stoke Newington Common 
 
 

Route No. N73 
 
 
Buses should be timed at the following points. 
Walthamstow Central Station 
Victoria Station Bus Station 
Walthamstow Bell 
Marble Arch 
Blackhorse Road Station 
Oxford Circus Oxford Street 
Tottenham Hale Broad Lane 
Tottenham Court Road Station 
Seven Sisters Station 
Euston Station 
Stamford Hill Broadway 
King’s Cross Station 
Stoke Newington Brooke Road 
Islington Angel 
Newington Green 
Essex Road Station 
Essex Road Station 
Newington Green 
Islington Angel Stoke 
Newington 
High Street 
King’s Cross Station 
Stamford Hill Broadway 
Euston Station Euston Road 
Seven Sisters Station 
Tottenham Court Road Station 
Tottenham Hale Station 
Oxford Circus 
Blackhorse Road Station 
Marble Arch 
Walthamstow Bell 
Victoria Station Bus Station 
Walthamstow Central Station 
 
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14. 

TIMING POINTS & MILEAGES - continued 
 
Mileages for Route No. 73 
 
Stoke Newington to Victoria  
 
8.42 miles 
Victoria to Stoke Newington  
 
8.49 miles 
 
Mileages for No. N73 
 
Walthamstow 
to 
Victoria 
   13.36 
miles 
Victoria to Walthamstow  
 
 
  
13.02 miles 
 
Tenderers should note that: 
•  these measurements are believed to be accurate to within 0.1 miles, but no warranty 
or representation as to accuracy is given; 
•  out of service stand workings have not been measured and are not included within 
the above measurements; 
•  if alternative or additional measurements are used by the Tenderer, these must be 
stated in the tender submission; 
•  point to point measurements pertaining to recognised curtailment points or alternative 
terminals will be agreed with the successful Tenderer once the contract has been 
awarded. 
 
15. VEHICLE 

LIVERY 
 
Vehicles used on Route Nos. 73 & N73 must appear in Corporation red.  Buses must 
be seen to be at least 80% Corporation red on the visible painted areas of their front, 
side and rear elevations when viewed from street level.  The glass area of doors and 
windows are naturally excluded from any calculation, as are advertising panels where 
they are used.  
 
The paint should be matched accurately to the colour as defined by either of the 
following manufacturers’ specifications: 
 
Masons Paint W0398 
PPG 3239 x 5763 
 
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APPENDIX A: ROUTE RECORD 
 
ROUTE No. 73: STOKE NEWINGTON - VICTORIA 
 
STREETS TRAVERSED 
 
Towards Victoria: Stoke Newington Common, Rectory Road, Brooke Road, 
Stoke Newington High Street, Stoke Newington Church Street, Albion Road, 
Newington Green (north, east and south sides), Newington Green Road, Essex 
Road, Islington Green (east Side), Upper Street, Islington High Street, 
Pentonville Road, King's Cross Bridge, Gray's Inn Road, Euston Road, Gower 
Street, Bedford Square (east side), Bloomsbury Street, New Oxford Street, St 
Giles Circus, Oxford Street, Oxford Circus, Oxford Street, Park Lane, Hyde 
Park Corner, Duke Of Wellington Place, Grosvenor Place, Lower Grosvenor 
Place, Buckingham Palace Road, Terminus Place, Victoria Bus Station. 
 
Towards Stoke Newington: Victoria Bus Station, Wilton Road, Victoria Street, 
Grosvenor Gardens, Grosvenor Place, Hyde Park Corner, Park Lane, 
Cumberland Gate, Tyburn Way, Marble Arch, Oxford Street, Oxford Circus, 
Oxford Street, Tottenham Court Road, Euston Road, Euston Grove, Euston 
Bus Station, Grafton Place, Churchway, Euston Road, Pentonville Road, Baron 
Street, White Lion Street, Islington High Street, Upper Street, Islington Green 
(east Side), Essex Road, Newington Green Road, Newington Green (west 
side), Albion Road, Stoke Newington Church Street, Stoke Newington High 
Street, Northwold Road, Stoke Newington Common. 
 
 
STANDS AND TURNING POINTS 
 
Note-Terminal and intermediate Stands (for curtailment purposes) will be 
reviewed should Option 2 (articulated vehicles) be awarded. 

 
Tenderers should note that under normal circumstances, the specific restrictions 
relating to each stand will apply to the whole stand at all times. Any variation to such 
standing arrangements must be agreed by the Corporation.  In addition, Tenderers 
should note the following general requirements: 
 
1) 
Drivers MUST switch off engines during layover periods at bus stations or on 
stands. 
2) 
No meal reliefs may be taken on any stand (on or off line of route) without the 
permission of the Corporation. 
3) 
No crew ferry vehicles may enter any stand (on or off line of route) without the 
permission of the Corporation. 
4) 
Destination blind displays to be used are shown under each stand description. 
Tenderers may suggest, within their bids, alternative blind displays.  
 
For further information, please refer to Annex C of the Framework Agreement: General 
Conditions relating to the use of London Buses’ Bus Stations and Stands. 
 
 
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STOKE NEWINGTON COMMON 
 
For Articulated vehicles, exact standing arrangements at Stoke Newington 
Common may be subject to change as the practicalities of an articulated 
operation are considered further. 
 
Public stand on south side of Stoke Newington Common, commencing 21 
metres east of the centre of Rectory Road and extending 64 metres east to the 
eastern abutment of the railway bridge. 
Buses proceed from Stoke Newington Common direct to stand, departing to 
Stoke Newington Common. Set down on stand and pick up on stand. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   No more than 5 (Option 1) and 4 (Option 2) 
vehicles on Route No. 73 should be scheduled to 
stand at any time.  
MEAL RELIEFS:  
 
 
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
OTHER INFORMATION:  
LBSL toilet facilities available 24 hours a day. 
BLIND DISPLAY: 
Display ‘Stoke Newington’. 
 
STOKE NEWINGTON COMMON [NORTH] 
 
Public stand (offside) on north side of Stoke Newington Common, commencing 
at lamp standard No 4 and extending 40 metres east. 
 
Buses proceed from Stoke Newington Common via Rectory Road, Brooke 
Road, Stoke Newington High Street, Northwold Road and Stoke Newington 
Common to stand, departing to Stoke Newington Common.  Set down in Stoke 
Newington Common and pick up in Stoke Newington Common. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
 
 
At any time. 
   
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   Overflow stand. The stand must only be used if 
the stand in Stoke Newington Common is full. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
 
 
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
OTHER INFORMATION:  
LBSL toilet facilities available 24 hours a day. 
Not tested for articulated vehicles. Stand not 
to be used as a set down and pick up point. 
BLIND DISPLAY: 
Display ‘Stoke Newington’. 
 
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Service Specification for Route Nos. 73 & N73 - 02/05/03 
 
NEWINGTON GREEN 
 
Public stand on south side of Newington Green, commencing 29 metres east of 
the centre of Newington Green Road and extending 27 metres east. 
 
From Stoke Newington 
Buses proceed from Newington Green (north side) via Newington Green (east 
and south sides) to stand, departing via Newington Green (south side) to 
Newington Green (west side). Set down in Newington Green (east side) and 
pick up in Newington Green (west side). 
 
From Victoria 
Buses proceed from Newington Green (west side) via Newington Green (north, 
east and south sides) to stand, departing via Newington Green (south side) to 
Newington Green Road.  Set down in Newington Green (west side) and pick up 
in Newington Green Road. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   To be used for unscheduled curtailments 
only. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
OTHER INFORMATION: 
Drivers may experience problems accessing 
this stand due to parked cars. 
BLIND DISPLAY: 
Display as stand description above. 
 
ISLINGTON, ANGEL (from Victoria) 
 
Public stand on north east side of Goswell Road, commencing 15 metres 
northwest of Wakley Street and extending 21 metres southeast. 
Buses proceed from Islington High Street via City Road, Wakley Street and 
Goswell Road to stand, departing via Goswell Road and City Road to Islington 
High Street.  Set down in City Road and pick up in Upper Street. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   To be used for unscheduled curtailments 
only. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
OTHER INFORMATION: 
Not tested for articulated vehicles. 
BLIND DISPLAY: 
Display ‘Islington Angel’. 
 
ANGEL, BARON STREET (from Stoke Newington) 
 
Public stand on east side of Baron Street commencing 38 metres north of 
Pentonville Road and extending 12 metres north. 
Buses proceed from Pentonville Road via Baron Street to stand, departing to 
Baron Street. Set down in Pentonville Road and pick up on stand. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   To be used for unscheduled curtailments 
only. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
OTHER INFORMATION: 
Not tested for articulated vehicles. 
BLIND 
DISPLAY: 
  Display ‘Islington, Angel’. 
 
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KING’S CROSS, YORK WAY 
 
Public stand on west side of York Way, commencing at the lamp standard 
opposite No 52 and extending 112 metres to the south building line of 
Caledonia Street. 
 
From Stoke Newington 
Buses proceed from Gray's Inn Road via York Way to stand, departing via York 
Way, Wharfdale Road and Caledonian Road to Pentonville Road.  Set down in 
York Way and pick up in Pentonville Road. 
 
From Victoria 
Buses proceed from Euston Road via York Way to stand, departing via York 
Way, Wharfdale Road, Caledonian Road, King’s Cross Bridge, Grays Inn Road 
to Euston Road. Set down in York Way and pick up in Gray’s Inn Road. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   To be used for unscheduled curtailments 
only. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
OTHER INFORMATION:  
Not tested for articulated vehicles. 
BLIND DISPLAY: 
Display ‘King’s Cross Station’. 
 
EUSTON STATION 
 
Private stand in Euston Bus Station. 
 
From Stoke Newington 
Buses proceed from Euston Road via Churchway, Grafton Place and bus 
station to stand, departing via bus station, Grafton Place and Churchway to 
Euston Road. Set down on stand and pick up in Euston Road. 
 
From Victoria 
Buses proceed from bus station direct to stand, departing via bus station, 
Grafton Place and Churchway to Euston Road. Set down on stand and pick up 
in bus station. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   To be used for unscheduled curtailments 
only. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
OTHER INFORMATION: 
Not tested for articulated vehicles. 
BLIND DISPLAY: 
Display as stand description above. 
 
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TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD STATION, ANDREW BORDE STREET  
 
Public stand on the south side of Andrew Borde Street, commencing at a point 
2 metres east of Charing Cross Road and extending 19 metres east. 
 
From Stoke Newington  
Buses proceed from New Oxford Street via St. Giles Circus, Charing Cross 
Road (Contraflow Bus Lane) and Andrew Borde Street to stand, departing via 
Andrew Borde Street, New Oxford Street, St. Giles Circus to Tottenham Court 
Road.  Set down in New Oxford Street and pick up in Tottenham Court Road. 
 
From Victoria 
Buses proceed from Oxford Street via St. Giles Circus, Charing Cross Road 
(Contraflow Bus Lane) and Andrew Borde Street to stand, departing via 
Andrew Borde Street, New Oxford Street, St. Giles Circus to Oxford Street. Set 
down in Oxford Street and pick up in Oxford Street. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   To be used for unscheduled curtailments 
only. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
BLIND DISPLAY: 
Display as ‘Tottenham Court Road Station’. 
 
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OXFORD CIRCUS, HOLLES STREET (from Stoke Newington) 
 
Public stand on west side of Holles Street, commencing 12 metres south of the 
northern building line of John Lewis and extending 76 metres south to lamp 
standard No 212. 
Buses proceed from Oxford Street via Holles Street to stand, departing via 
Holles Street, Cavendish Square (south side), Henrietta Place and Vere Street 
to Oxford Street. Set down in Oxford Street and pick up in Oxford Street. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   To be used for unscheduled curtailments 
only. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
 BLIND 
DISPLAY: 
  Display ‘Oxford Circus’. 
 
OXFORD CIRCUS, JOHN PRINCE’S ST. (from Victoria) 
 
Public stand on east side of John Prince's Street, commencing at the party wall 
of Nos 2/3 and extending 28 metres north. 
Buses proceed from Oxford Street via Oxford Circus, Regent Street, Margaret 
Street and John Prince's Street to stand, departing via John Prince's Street to 
Oxford Street.  Set down in Oxford Street and pick up in Oxford Street.  
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   To be used for unscheduled curtailments 
only. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
BLIND DISPLAY: 
Display ‘Oxford Circus’. 
 
MARBLE ARCH, TYBURN WAY 
 
Public stand on west side of Tyburn Way, commencing 1 metre south of lamp 
standard No 20512 and extending 33 metres south. 
 
From Stoke Newington 
Buses proceed from Oxford Street via Park Lane, Cumberland Gate and 
Tyburn Way to stand, departing via Tyburn Way and Marble Arch to Oxford 
Street.  Set down in Oxford Street and pick up in Oxford Street. 
 
From Victoria 
Buses proceed from Tyburn Way direct to stand, departing via Tyburn Way, 
Marble Arch and Oxford Street to Park Lane.  Set down in Park Lane and pick 
up in Park Lane. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   To be used for unscheduled curtailments 
only. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
 BLIND 
DISPLAY: 
  Display ‘Marble Arch’. 
 
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HYDE PARK CORNER, ACHILLES WAY (from Stoke Newington) 
 
Public stand on north side of Achilles Way, commencing 18 metres west of the 
southbound carriageway of Park Lane and extending 12 metres west. 
Buses proceed from Park Lane via Achilles Way to stand, departing via 
Achilles Way and Park Lane (Southbound) to Park Lane.  Set down in Park 
Lane and pick up in Park Lane. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   To be used for unscheduled curtailments 
only. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
OTHER INFORMATION: 
Not tested for articulated vehicles. 
BLIND 
DISPLAY: 
  Display ‘Park Lane, Hilton Hotel’. 
 
VICTORIA BUS STATION 
 
For Articulated vehicles, exact standing arrangements at Victoria Bus Station 
may be subject to change as the practicalities of an articulated operation are 
considered further. 
 
Private stand in bus station on forecourt of Victoria Station. 
Buses proceed direct to stand, departing via bus station to Wilton Road. Set 
down on stand, at bay 3 and pick up on stand, at bay 3. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPER ATING RESTRICTIONS:   No more than 4 (Option 1) and 2 (Option 2) 
vehicles on Route No. 73 should be scheduled to 
stand at any time. Drivers must move buses 
forward as preceding buses depart. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
OTHER INFORMATION:  
LBSL toilet facilities available 24 hours a day. 
BLIND DISPLAY: 
Display 'Victoria Station'.   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LBSL/SG/Route No. 73 
02/05/03. Tranche 173 
 
 
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APPENDIX A: ROUTE RECORD 
 
ROUTE No. N73:Walthamstow Central - Victoria 
 
STREETS TRAVERSED 
 
Towards Victoria: Walthamstow Central Bus Station, Selborne Road, Hoe 
Street, Forest Road, Ferry Lane, Broad Lane, Tottenham High Road, Stamford 
Hill, Northwold Road, Rectory Road, Brooke Road, Stoke Newington High 
Street, Stoke Newington Church Street, Albion Road, Newington Green (north, 
east and south sides), Newington Green Road, Essex Road, Islington Green 
(east side), Upper Street, Islington High Street, Pentonville Road, King's Cross 
Bridge, Gray's Inn Road, Euston Road, Gower Street, Bedford Square (east 
side), Bloomsbury Street, New Oxford Street, St Giles Circus, Oxford Street, 
Oxford Circus, Oxford Street, Park Lane, Hyde Park Corner, Duke Of 
Wellington Place, Grosvenor Place, Lower Grosvenor Place, Buckingham 
Palace Road, Terminus Place, Victoria Bus Station. 
 
Towards Walthamstow: Victoria Bus Station, Wilton Road, Victoria Street, 
Grosvenor Gardens, Grosvenor Place, Hyde Park Corner, Park Lane, 
Cumberland Gate, Tyburn Way, Marble Arch, Oxford Street, Oxford Circus, 
Oxford Street, Tottenham Court Road, Euston Road, Euston Grove, Euston 
Bus Station, Grafton Place, Churchway, Euston Road, Pentonville Road, Baron 
Street, White Lion Street, Islington High Street, Upper Street, Islington Green 
(east Side), Essex Road, Newington Green Road, Newington Green (west 
side), Albion Road, Stoke Newington Church Street, Stoke Newington High 
Street, Stamford Hill, Tottenham High Road, Monument Way, Hale Road, 
Tottenham Hale Bus Station, Watermead Way, Ferry Lane, Forest Road, Hoe 
Street, Selborne Road, Walthamstow Central Bus Station. 
 
 
STANDS AND TURNING POINTS 
 
Note-Terminal and intermediate Stands (for curtailment purposes) will be 
reviewed should Option 2 (articulated vehicles) be awarded. 

 
Tenderers should note that under normal circumstances, the specific restrictions 
relating to each stand will apply to the whole stand at all times. Any variation to such 
standing arrangements must be agreed by the Corporation.  In addition, Tenderers 
should note the following general requirements: 
 
1)  Drivers MUST switch off engines during layover periods at bus stations or on 
stands. 
2)  No meal reliefs may be taken on any stand (on or off line of route) without the 
permission of the Corporation. 
3)  No crew ferry vehicles may enter any stand (on or off line of route) without the 
permission of the Corporation. 
4)  Destination blind displays to be used are shown under each stand description. 
Tenderers may suggest, within their bids, alternative blind displays.  
 
For further information, please refer to Annex C of the Framework Agreement: General 
Conditions relating to the use of London Buses’ Bus Stations and Stands. 
 
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WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STATION 
 
For Articulated, exact standing arrangements at Walthamstow Central Station 
may be subject to change as the practicalities of an articulated operation are 
considered further. 
 
Private stand in bus station on north side of Selborne Road, opposite 
Walthamstow Central Station. 
Buses proceed from Selborne Road direct to stand, departing to Selborne 
Road. Set down on stand, at alighting point at stop A and pick up at stop D. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   No more than 1 vehicle (both options) on 
Route No. N73 should be scheduled to stand 
at any one time. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
OTHER INFORMATION:  
Council toilet facilities available 24 hours a 
day. 
BLIND DISPLAY: 
Display as stand description above. 
 
TOTTENHAM HALE STATION (from Victoria) 
 
Private stand on forecourt of Tottenham Hale Station. 
Buses proceed from Hale Road direct to stand, departing via station forecourt, 
Watermead Way and Ferry Lane to Broad Lane. Set down on stand and pick 
up in Broad Lane. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   To be used for unscheduled curtailments 
only. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
BLIND DISPLAY: 
Display ‘Tottenham Hale Station’. 
 
STAMFORD HILL, ROOKWOOD ROAD 
 
Public stand on east side of Rookwood Road outside Stamford Hill Bus 
Garage. 
 
Buses proceed from Stamford Hill via Egerton Road and Rookwood Road to 
stand, departing via Rookwood Road, Castlewood Road and Clapton Common 
to Stamford Hill.  Set down in Stamford Hill and pick up in Stamford Hill. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   To be used for unscheduled curtailments 
only. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
OTHER INFORMATION: 
Not tested for articulated vehicles. 
BLIND DISPLAY: 
 
 
Display ‘Stamford Hill’. 
 
 
 
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STOKE NEWINGTON COMMON 
 
Public stand on south side of Stoke Newington Common, commencing 21 
metres east of the centre of Rectory Road and extending 64 metres east to the 
eastern abutment of the railway bridge. 
 
From Walthamstow 
Buses proceed from Northwold Road via Stoke Newington Common direct to 
stand, departing via Stoke Newington Common, Rectory Road and Brooke 
Road to Stoke Newington High Street. Set down on stand, at 'Alighting Point 
Only' stop and pick up in Stoke Newington High Street. 
 
From Victoria 
Buses proceed from Stoke Newington High Street via Northwold Road and 
Stoke Newington Common direct to stand, departing via Stoke Newington 
Common, Rectory Road, Brooke Road, Stoke Newington High Street to Stoke 
Newington Church Street.  Set down on stand, at 'Alighting Point Only' stop 
and pick up on stand, at the stop at the head of the nearside stand. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   To be used for unscheduled curtailments 
only. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
BLIND DISPLAY: 
Display ‘Stoke Newington’. 
 
NEWINGTON GREEN 
 
Public stand on south side of Newington Green, commencing 29 metres east of 
the centre of Newington Green Road and extending 27 metres east. 
 
From Walthamstow 
Buses proceed from Newington Green (north side) via Newington Green (east 
and south sides) to stand, departing via Newington Green (south side) to 
Newington Green (west side). Set down in Newington Green (east side) and 
pick up in Newington Green (west side). 
 
From Victoria 
Buses proceed from Newington Green (west side) via Newington Green (north, 
east and south sides) to stand, departing via Newington Green (south side) to 
Newington Green Road.  Set down in Newington Green (west side) and pick up 
in Newington Green Road. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   To be used for unscheduled curtailments 
only. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
OTHER INFORMATION: 
Drivers may experience problems accessing 
this stand due to parked cars. 
BLIND DISPLAY: 
Display as stand description above. 
 
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ISLINGTON, ANGEL (from Walthamstow) 
 
Public stand on north east side of Goswell Road, commencing 15 metres 
northwest of Wakley Street and extending 21 metres southeast. 
Buses proceed from Islington High Street via City Road, Wakley Street and 
Goswell Road to stand, departing via Goswell Road and City Road to Islington 
High Street.  Set down in City Road and pick up in Upper Street. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   To be used for unscheduled curtailments 
only. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
OTHER INFORMATION: 
Not tested for articulated vehicles. 
BLIND DISPLAY: 
Display as Islington, Angel. 
 
KING’S CROSS, YORK WAY 
 
Public stand on west side of York Way, commencing at the lamp standard 
opposite No 52 and extending 112 metres to the south building line of 
Caledonia Street. 
 
From Walthamstow 
Buses proceed from Gray's Inn Road via York Way to stand, departing via York 
Way, Wharfdale Road and Caledonian Road to Pentonville Road.  Set down in 
York Way and pick up in Pentonville Road. 
 
From Victoria 
Buses proceed from Euston Road via York Way to stand, departing via York 
Way, Wharfdale Road, Caledonian Road, King’s Cross Bridge, Grays Inn Road 
to Euston Road. Set down in York Way and pick up in Gray’s Inn Road. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   To be used for unscheduled curtailments 
only. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
OTHER INFORMATION:  
Not tested for articulated vehicles. 
BLIND DISPLAY: 
Display ‘King’s Cross Station’. 
 
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EUSTON STATION 
 
Private stand in Euston Bus Station. 
 
From Walthamstow 
Buses proceed from Euston Road via Churchway, Grafton Place and bus 
station to stand, departing via bus station, Grafton Place and Churchway to 
Euston Road. Set down on stand and pick up in Euston Road. 
 
From Victoria 
Buses proceed from bus station direct to stand, departing via bus station, 
Grafton Place and Churchway to Euston Road. Set down on stand and pick up 
in bus station. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   To be used for unscheduled curtailments 
only. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
OTHER INFORMATION: 
Not tested for articulated vehicles. 
BLIND DISPLAY: 
Display as stand description above. 
 
TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD STATION, ANDREW BORDE STREET  
 
Public stand on the south side of Andrew Borde Street, commencing at a point 
2 metres east of Charing Cross Road and extending 19 metres east. 
 
From Walthamstow 
Buses proceed from New Oxford Street via St. Giles Circus, Charing Cross 
Road (Contraflow Bus Lane) and Andrew Borde Street to stand, departing via 
Andrew Borde Street, New Oxford Street, St. Giles Circus to Tottenham Court 
Road.  Set down in New Oxford Street and pick up in Tottenham Court Road. 
 
From Victoria 
Buses proceed from Oxford Street via St. Giles Circus, Charing Cross Road 
(Contraflow Bus Lane) and Andrew Borde Street to stand, departing via 
Andrew Borde Street, New Oxford Street, St. Giles Circus to Oxford Street. Set 
down in Oxford Street and pick up in Oxford Street. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   To be used for unscheduled curtailments 
only. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
BLIND DISPLAY: 
Display as ‘Tottenham Court Road Station’. 
 
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OXFORD CIRCUS, HOLLES STREET (from Walthamstow) 
 
Public stand on west side of Holles Street, commencing 12 metres south of the 
northern building line of John Lewis and extending 76 metres south to lamp 
standard No 212. 
Buses proceed from Oxford Street via Holles Street to stand, departing via 
Holles Street, Cavendish Square (south side), Henrietta Place and Vere Street 
to Oxford Street. Set down in Oxford Street and pick up in Oxford Street. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   To be used for unscheduled curtailments 
only. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
 BLIND 
DISPLAY: 
  Display ‘Oxford Circus’. 
 
OXFORD CIRCUS, JOHN PRINCE’S ST. (from Victoria) 
 
Public stand on east side of John Prince's Street, commencing at the party wall 
of Nos 2/3 and extending 28 metres north. 
Buses proceed from Oxford Street via Oxford Circus, Regent Street, Margaret 
Street and John Prince's Street to stand, departing via John Prince's Street to 
Oxford Street.  Set down in Oxford Street and pick up in Oxford Street. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   To be used for unscheduled curtailments 
only. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
BLIND DISPLAY: 
Display ‘Oxford Circus’. 
 
MARBLE ARCH, TYBURN WAY 
 
Public stand on west side of Tyburn Way, commencing 1 metre south of lamp 
standard No 20512 and extending 33 metres south. 
 
From Walthamstow 
Buses proceed from Oxford Street via Park Lane, Cumberland Gate and 
Tyburn Way to stand, departing via Tyburn Way and Marble Arch to Oxford 
Street.  Set down in Oxford Street and pick up in Oxford Street. 
 
From Victoria 
Buses proceed from Tyburn Way direct to stand, departing via Tyburn Way, 
Marble Arch and Oxford Street to Park Lane.  Set down in Park Lane and pick 
up in Park Lane. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   To be used for unscheduled curtailments 
only. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
 BLIND 
DISPLAY: 
  Display ‘Marble Arch’. 
 
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HYDE PARK CORNER, ACHILLES WAY (from Walthamstow) 
 
Public stand on north side of Achilles Way, commencing 18 metres west of the 
southbound carriageway of Park Lane and extending 12 metres west. 
Buses proceed from Park Lane via Achilles Way to stand, departing via 
Achilles Way and Park Lane (Southbound) to Park Lane.  Set down in Park 
Lane and pick up in Park Lane. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   To be used for unscheduled curtailments 
only. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
OTHER INFORMATION: 
Not tested for articulated vehicles. 
BLIND 
DISPLAY: 
  Display ‘Park Lane, Hilton Hotel’. 
 
VICTORIA BUS STATION 
 
For Articulated vehicles only, exact standing arrangements at Victoria Bus 
Station may be subject to change as the practicalities of an articulated 
operation are considered further. 
 
Private stand in bus station on forecourt of Victoria Station. 
Buses proceed direct to stand, departing via bus station to Wilton Road. Set 
down on stand, at bay 3 and pick up on stand, at bay 3. 
 
AVAILABILITY:  
At any time. 
OPERATING RESTRICTIONS:   No more than 1 vehicle (both options) on 
Route No. N73 should be scheduled to stand 
at any one time. Drivers must move buses 
forward as preceding buses depart. 
MEAL RELIEFS:  
No meal relief vehicles to stand at any time. 
FERRY VEHICLES:  
No ferry vehicles to park on stand at any 
time. 
OTHER INFORMATION:  
LBSL toilet facilities available 24 hours a day. 
BLIND DISPLAY: 
Display 'Victoria Station'.   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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APPENDIX B 
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APPENDIX C: SAMPLE RUNNING TIMES 
(based on current schedule) 
 
 
MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS 
 
1. Stoke Newington to Victoria Station 
 
Longest 
Typical 
Longest 
Typical 
morning 
interpeak 
afternoon
Evening 
peak 
 
peak 
 
TPO 
TPO 
TPO 
TPO 
Stoke Newington Common 
0820 1245 1736 2113 
Islington Angel 
0830 1255 1746 2120 
King’s Cross Station 
0840   
1305 
1756 
2128 
Euston Station Euston Road 
0853 1318 1809 2136 
Tottenham Court Road Station 
0901 
1326 
1817 
2142 
Oxford Circus 
0906 
1333 
1824 
2146 
Marble Arch 
0913 
1343 
1834 
2150 
Victoria Station 
0922 
 1352 
 1843 
 2158 
 
 62 
67 
67 
45 
minutes 
minutes 
minutes 
minutes 
 
2. Victoria Station to Stoke Newington 
 
Longest 
Typical 
Longest 
Typical 
morning 
interpeak 
afternoon
Evening 
peak 
 
peak 
 
TPO 
TPO 
TPO 
TPO 
Victoria Station 
0817 1230 1656 
2102 
Marble Arch 
0827 1240 1706 
2109 
Oxford Circus 
0833 1249 1715 
2114 
Tottenham Court Road Station 
0837 1256 1722 
2119 
Euston Station 
0845 
1306 
1732 
2125 
King’s Cross Station 
 
 
 
 
Islington Angel 
0855 1318 1746 
2135 
Newington Green 
0905 
1331 
1759 
2144 
Stoke Newington High Street 
0913 1340 1808 
2151 
 56 
70 
72 
49 
minutes 
minutes 
minutes 
minutes 
 
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SATURDAYS 
 
1. Stoke Newington to Victoria Station 
 Typical 
Shopping 
Period 
TPO 
Stoke Newington Common 
1237 
Islington Angel 
1247 
King’s Cross Station 
1257   
Euston Station Euston Road 
1310 
Tottenham Court Road Station 
1318 
Oxford Circus 
1325 
Marble Arch 
1335 
Victoria Station 
1344 
 
 67 
minutes 
 
2. Victoria Station to Stoke Newington 
 Typical 
Shopping 
Period 
TPO 
Victoria Station 
1248 
Marble Arch 
1258 
Oxford Circus 
1307 
Tottenham Court Road Station 
1313 
Euston Station 
1322 
King’s Cross Station 
 
Islington Angel 
1333 
Newington Green 
1345   
Stoke Newington High Street 
1354 
 66 
minutes 
 
 
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SUNDAYS 
 
1. Stoke Newington to Victoria Station 
 Typical 
Typical 
Typical 
Morning 
Shopping 
Evening 
Period 
Period 
Period 
OPO 
OPO 
OPO 
Stoke Newington Common 
0819 1304 2111 
Islington Angel 
0826 1314 2119 
King’s Cross Station 
0833   
1325 
2128 
Euston Station Euston Road 
0841 1335 2136 
Tottenham Court Road Station 
0847 
1343 
2142 
Oxford Circus 
0851 
1349 
2146 
Marble Arch 
0856 
1358 
2151 
Victoria Station 
0903 
 1406 
 2158 
 
 44 
62 
47 
minutes 
minutes 
minutes 
 
 
2. Victoria Station to Stoke Newington 
 Longest 
Typical 
Typical 
Morning 
Shopping 
Evening 
Period 
Period 
Period 
OPO 
OPO 
OPO 
Victoria Station 
0800 1248 2100 
Marble Arch 
0806 1256 2107 
Oxford Circus 
0810 1305 2112 
Tottenham Court Road Station 
0814 1311 2117 
Euston Station 
0819 
1320 
2123 
King’s Cross Station 
 
 
 
Islington Angel 
0828 1331 2134 
Newington Green 
0836 
1343 
2143 
Stoke Newington High Street 
0842 1353 2150 
 42 
65 
50 
minutes 
minutes 
minutes 
 
Key to Appendix C 
 
OPO
 - one person operated 
TPO - two persons operated 
 
The above tables have been included to assist Tenderers and represents the information 
currently available to the Corporation.  Tenderers should form their own views about what is 
appropriate in terms of running times.  (See Section 8.) 
 
 
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