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Motorbuses could run over much longer routes than horse buses. B-types began operating on services all over central London and the suburbs, and there were soon night bus services as well. The buses could cope with all weather conditions, although the level of comfort was not much better than a horse bus. There were canvas covers for top- deck passengers to use in wet weather, but no roof. The driver's cab was completely open, apart from a short canopy.
After the LGOC became part of the Underground Group in 1913, bus and rail services were more closely coordinated. At weekends, special services ran out to London's countryside from stations at the end of the line like Hounslow and Golders Green. Buses that carried people to work in the week now also took them on Sunday outings.
In the First World War, over 1000 B-type buses were commandeered for military service. Some were used as troop transport, often with their London drivers, on the Western Front in France and Belgium. Others were adapted for use as ambulances, lorries and even a mobile pigeon loft. Many of these buses never returned to the streets of London. Those that remained in London service with the LGOC soon had new female staff taking fares as conductors and servicing the buses at garages as cleaners and mechanics.