Photo © Richard Delahoy. Please do not re-post without permission.
Perhaps the best known feature of Southendís open top operations was the low Pier bridge which required special operating rules. The height - 13' 3" signed - and restricted clearance are only too obvious in this shot of 311, PHJ950, about pass under, travelling west on September 1st 1978.
For a similar night time view click here.
The bridge itself was replaced during 2003 by a new structure with over 16' headroom, thus meaning that todayís more restricted open top service, run by Stephensons of Essex as a City Sightseeing franchise, no longer requires special rules and can even be operated by standard closed top deckers, as happened once during 2003's season.
Click here for more details from the Southend fleet list pages.
Photo taken by Richard Delahoy, Friday 1 September 1978, Southend Pier Bridge
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