North of the Thames

A few weeks ago, I completed a proofread for Pen & Sword Books about buses over a period of time that frequented the so-called ‘border towns’ to the south of London, these towns being where the ‘country’ area of the former London Transport and London Country organisations ended and those more local companies began. My latest completed project was the corresponding book covering those border towns to the east and north of London, starting in Essex, ‘travelling’ through Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, and ending in Buckinghamshire. The author for both books was Malcolm Batten. Mr Batten has assembled a remarkable cross-section of pictures, starting in 1969 and ending in 2022, a mixture of the old, classic buses and their newer successors. The informative text backs up the illustrations, the end result being a good overview of the changes that have occurred during this period of time, most notably the formation of London Country in 1970 and deregulation in the 1980s. A useful addition to the bookshelf of both bus enthusiasts and transport historians.

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