During very late 1987 London Buses leased twenty-eight Northern Counties bodied Leyland Olympians as fleet numbers 1-28 (E908-28 KYR). In a blue and cream livery they were assigned to the then new low-cost Bexleybus operation based on Bexleyheath (BX) Garage. Their lasted until April 1990 when returned off-lease. Of the 28, what was number 8 had become L271 before return but was later acquired by Sunderland Busways in May 1981 to become their number 681. However, by September 1993 that operation had been acquired by Stagecoach and illustrated here still in Busways livery on the outskirts of Sunderland shortly after it gained city status