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AFTER over 30 years of r lar service, London Trani is to withdraw its remai RT-type AEC Regent 14 III double-deck buses passenger services on Apr The RT, which first ent service in 1939, provided backbone of LT's bus f until the end of the 19505 survived on several ro through the Sixties Seventies to become the o type of psv in widespreac in Britain.
The majority of RTs, indeed all of these still in vice, were built between and 1954 and are powere AEC 9.6-litre engines. In i tion to the AEC-pow buses, over 2,000 simil bodied vehicles were sup on Leyland chassis, althi these were withdrawn a 10 years ago.
By the end of 1978 only Barking route was operated by RT and only a 200 remain in the LT f many now on training staff bus duties.
The withdrawal of the unlikely to remove from don Transport the distirn of being the country's lai operator of old vehicles, ' the comparative failure o Havering ticket experir and the scrapping of plan extending one-person Of tion into central Lon coupled with low reliat standards of newer Dai Fleetline buses, the fr engined AEC Routemaste delivered between 1959 1968 is now expecte( remain in service for at another 10 years.
With LT finding it r economic to withdraw F lines rather than rectify t and the new generatio Leyland Titans and IV Metrobuses already behind delivery scheduk will be hard-pressed to rei the 2,653 Fleetlines at the rent rates of delivery.