During the closure, our volunteer engineers and restorers in the workshop, following the anti-virus protocols, took the opportunity to continue the preservation work on several vehicles, notably the 1925 4-ton D142, AEC’s NS174 and T448 from 1936.
The news that the Museum could be open for four days per week was met with mixed feelings as many volunteers were happy enough to resume the seven days a week formula, but even the shortened week required a great deal of preparation with the cleaning of buses collecting dust unhindered for four months and the repositioning of vehicles to accommodate an enhanced one-way system for visitors. Maintenance checks on vehicles had also been regularly carried out in anticipation of a reopening.
The well-being of visitors as well as volunteers necessitated in a number issues that had to be addressed, such as the use of sanitising units, the installation of a safety screen at the Museum reception desk and signage advising the public of social distancing.
The Museum prides itself in allowing access to some vehicles in the static display but social distancing has required us to temporarily close off all buses and the fully restored Bedford Canteen Unit. Sadly we have had to withdraw some interactive displays and children’s activities, whilst others are available but are regularly sanitised.
But the good news is that we are able to operate our popular bus rides, four times a day from Thursday to Sunday, observing all the necessary protocols and the twenty minute trips are proving to be as popular as ever. The interior of the vintage bus is sanitised by the bus crew at the end of every trip.
A visit to the London Bus Museum remains a popular destination and there is enough to interest people of all ages but please do check with Museum beforehand that we are running bus trips as although we have two other vehicles on standby should the lead bus develop a fault, sometimes our volunteer crews develop other faults!
The Museum is open from 11.00 to 17.00, Thursday to Sunday for the time being with pre-booking through Brooklands Museum required. Brooklands itself opens at 10.00.
For further information and more details on our Covid precautions, phone 01932 837994
We look forwarded to welcoming you to a slightly different London Bus Museum, but the welcome is as warm as it ever was.