Selkent is a bus company operating in South London. It operates services under contract to Transport for London. Selkent shares its headquarters with sister company East London at West Ham. Selkent began as an operating district of London Transport in the early 1980s. On 1 April 1989, London Buses was divided into 11 separate business units, one of, Selkent. Selkent was the first London Buses subsidiary to cease operation of AEC Routemasters, in March 1992, when the Catford garage allocation on route 36B was converted to one-man-operated buses. In September 1994, Selkent was renamed Stagecoach Selkent. In November 2000, Stagecoach consolidated its London operations under the Stagecoach London brand. In August 2006, Stagecoach sold its London bus operations to Macquarie Bank; the new owner restored logo. In October 2010 Stagecoach reacquired its old London operations with Selkent once again rebranded as Stagecoach London. Between 1988 and 1994 Selkent, along with the other London Buses subsidiaries, used a red livery with a grey skirt.
Following privatisation, Selkent adopted an all-red livery. In November 2000, Stagecoach introduced a new standard livery of white with a dark blue skirt and orange and light blue swirls at the rear. For Selkent, the white was replaced by red, to conform with a contractual requirement for London buses to be 80% red. After the sale to Macquarie Bank, an all-red livery was reintroduced. Selkent operates three bus garages; as of December 2018, Bromley garage operates routes 61, 146, 208, 227, 314, 336, 354, 638, 664 and B14. Bromley garage was opened by the London General Omnibus Company in April 1924. Built at a cost of £23,000, it was designed to house 60 buses, although the plan was to enlarge it to take an additional 40 when operations required it. Under an agreement reached with Thomas Tilling, the garage was allocated to the latter's use, along with Croydon and Lewisham, resulting in Tilling-type vehicles being the mainstay of the fleet until 1949, when the final petrol-engined STL-type double deckers were superseded.
This was made possible by the hire of 17 AEC Regents from Leeds City Transport. Between 1972 and 1979, Daimler Fleetlines joined the AEC Regent III RTs. AEC Routemasters were not introduced to Bromley until 1975, being replaced in 1984 by Leyland Titans. With regards to single-deckers, Bromley first housed RF-class AEC Regal IVs, arriving in 1952, which were replaced by AEC Swifts between 1968 and 1971. FS-class Ford Transit minibuses were introduced in 1972 for local route B1, before these were replaced in 1976 by BS-class Bristol LHSs; these were in turn replaced by longer, BL-class Bristol LHs in 1978. In 1977 Leyland Nationals replaced the last of the SMSs, ran alongside the BLs until 1985, when Bromley became the domain of Nationals and Titans. In the early 1990s, the Nationals were replaced by Carlyle bodied Dennis Darts and MCW/Optare MetroRider midibuses. After the takeover by Stagecoach, some of the Titans were replaced by Volvo Olympians, before the fleet at Bromley began to be standardised on the Dennis Trident 2 and the Dennis Dart SLF.
In more recent years, a plot of land on the opposite side of the side road was developed into an open yard for storage of the larger number of longer, wider vehicles required for today's operations. As of January 2019, Catford garage operated routes 47, 54, 75, 124, 136, 199, 208, 273, 380, 621, N199 and P4. Catford Garage was opened in 1914 by the London General Omnibus Company, but was requisitioned a year and did not re-open until 1920 when Thomas Tilling's Lewisham operation moved there due to space constraints at his other garage. Coded L, for Lewisham, it was changed to TL in 1924 to avoid confusion with Loughton. Thomas Tilling gained an agreement in 1923 to double the size of Catford and to open a new garage in Bromley to cope with the new housing estates that were springing up around the area; the roof has had to be raised twice, first in 1930 to enable double deck buses to use the garage and again in 1948 to accommodate AEC Regent III RTs. By 1954 Catford was operating some 194 RTs, the last leaving in 1978.
Catford has done better than most garages in numbers over the years since de-regulation, having an allocation of 122 buses in 1994 rising to around 160 in the early 2000s. As at December 2018, Plumstead garage operated routes 53, 96, 122, 161, 177, 422, 472, 601, 602 and 672. Plumstead is well sited to serve the growing Thamesmead area, was built in 1981 to replace the existing Plumstead and Abbey Wood garages and was intended to be called Thamesmead. Built to hold 185 buses, when opened in 1981 it had an allocation made up of MCW Metropolitans, by 1983 had changed to Leyland Titans; the garage was home to 35 Mercedes-Benz Citaro articulated buses that worked on route 453 between March 2003 and April 2008. As at September 2014, East London had a peak vehicle requirement of 405 buses. Media related to East London Bus Group at Wikimedia Commons Media related to Stagecoach London at Wikimedia Commons Stagecoach London website
The RATP Group known as the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens, is a state-owned public transport operator and maintainer headquartered in Paris, France. Formed in 1949, it has its origins as the city's public transport operator, its logo represents, in a stylized version, the Seine's meandering through the Paris area as the face of a person looking up. Today, RATP is still responsible for most of the public transport in Paris, the rest of the Île-de-France region, including the Paris Métro and bus services and part of the Réseau Express Régional network. In the Île-de-France region, RATP carries about 3 billion passengers per year; the RATP's Paris operations are still a major part of the business, but its operations have now extended to include businesses around the globe. They include involvement in the operation of bus, rapid transit and inter-city rail services in Europe, Asia and the Americas. RATP Group is the world's fifth largest operator in the public transport sector; the RATP was created on 1 January 1949 by combining the assets of the Compagnie du chemin de fer métropolitain de Paris, which operated the Paris Métro, the Société des transports en commun de la région parisienne, which operated the city's bus system.
Earlier, the CMP had absorbed the Société du Chemin de Fer Électrique Nord-Sud de Paris in 1930 and the Ligne de Sceaux in 1937, which extended commuter rail to the suburbs. The STCRP had been created on 1 January 1921 by the merger of about half a dozen independent bus and streetcar operators in the Paris area. By the time the STCRP was merged into the RATP, all of its streetcars had been replaced by bus routes. In the early years of the 21st century, a partnership with the Transdev group resulted in RATP acquiring a minority shareholding in that group, with its many worldwide transport operations. However, in 2009, the Caisse des dépôts et consignations, the majority owner of the Transdev group, started negotiations with Veolia Environnement to merge Transdev with Veolia Transport; as part of the resulting agreement, made in May 2010, it was agreed that the RATP Group would take over ownership of some of Transdev's operations in lieu of cash payment for its holdings in Transdev. This had a considerable impact on RATP's international profile.
In 2009, RATP entered the United States by purchasing transit contractor McDonald Transit Associates. McDonald operated FWTA in Texas, Votran in Florida, Waco Transit System in Texas, among others. On 1 August 2011 the RATP Group purchased Stagecoach Metrolink's contract to operate the Metrolink light rail system in Greater Manchester, England until July 2017. Two years in 2013 RATP purchased the nearby long-established coach company, Selwyns Travel, a National Express operator; the last CEOs of the RATP were Pierre Mongin and Élisabeth Borne. The actual president of the RATP, Catherine Guillouard, was nominated on 2 August 2017. In Paris, RATP operates, under its own name, on behalf of the Île-de-France Mobilités, the Paris region transit authority. RATP's services constitute, in their own right, a multi-mode public transportation infrastructure, but contribute to a larger multi-mode system extending out into the surrounding Île-de-France communities. RATP's services in the Greater Paris area include: The Paris Métro system of underground rapid transit lines, which run throughout the city, with some lines extending somewhat beyond the city boundaries.
The Métro has 16 lines with 219 km of 302 stations. Two metro lines are automated and driverless: line 1 and line 14. Orlyval, the automated metro shuttle connecting Antony station and Orly Airport. Parts of the RER, the Paris regional express rail network that runs underground in the centre of Paris and overground in the rest of the region. RATP owns and operates line A and line B, both together representing 115 km and 66 stations; the rest of the RER network is operated by SNCF. Eight out of ten lines of the Paris tram system totalizing 101.9 km and 183 stops. The extensive Paris city bus system, including the night buses of the Noctilien network. Two BRT lines: the Trans-Val-de-Marne and line 393; the Montmartre funicular. Paris bus route 341 was RATP's first line equipped with 100% electric full-size buses. RATP Dev, a 100% subsidiary of the RATP Group created in 2002, provides operations and maintenance of passenger transport services outside of the "historical" RATP network in the Greater Paris area although it operates some specialised services within Paris.
RATP Dev is present in 14 countries, namely Algeria, France, Italy, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States. Wholly and owned operations include the following: Agglobus, the urban bus network of Bourges in the Cher department Aléo, the urban bus network of Moulins in the Allier department Cars Jacquemard, a coach operator in the Eure department Cars Perrier, one of the operators of the Sqybus network serving the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines suburb near Paris The CTRL network of Lorient Agglomération in the Morbihan department Com'Bus and Val-d'Oise departments The Impulsyon urban bus netw
Stagecoach London is a bus operator in London. It is a subsidiary of Stagecoach and operates services under contract to Transport for London in east and south-east and in central London In 1994 Stagecoach purchased the East London and Selkent operations during the privatisation of London bus services. Both continued to trade under their existing names until November 2000 when Stagecoach consolidated its London operations under the Stagecoach London brand with both remaining as separate legal entities. In August 2006 Stagecoach sold its London bus operations to Macquarie Bank; the new owner restored the East Selkent trading name logos. In September 2008 Thameside was established to operate route 248. In October 2010 Stagecoach reacquired its old London operations with all operations once again rebranded as Stagecoach London. Stagecoach London operates services under contract to Transport for London; these are operated by the: East London Selkent Thameside legal entities but all under the Stagecoach London brand.
In 2000 Stagecoach's standard bus livery of a dark blue skirt and orange and light blue swirl at the rear with the standard white replaced by red was introduced. After the sale to Macquarie Bank, an all red livery was introduced. A coach operation traded under the brand East London Coaches ceasing in February 2007 and a Travelshop which closed in March 2009, based at the company's Ilford head office; the head office is now at the West Ham depot. List of bus operators of the United Kingdom Media related to Stagecoach London at Wikimedia Commons London Buses website
Blue Triangle is a bus company operating services in East London. It is a subsidiary of the Go-Ahead Group and operates most services under contract to Transport for London, it is the operator of the East London Transit service. In August 2002, Blue Triangle took over route 185 at short notice after London Easylink ceased trading. On 29 June 2007, Blue Triangle was purchased by the Go-Ahead Group; the sale included eight Transport for London and nine Essex County Council routes and 60 buses, but not the charter fleet which were retained by Roger Wright trading as The London Bus Company. In May 2016 a new garage opened in Barking, it opened with an allocation of 22 buses to operate route 147 but has a capacity for 155 buses. It was built on the site of a former Ford factory. In July 2016, all of the routes and buses from Rainham garage were transferred; as at March 2019, River Road, garage operated routes 5, 15, 101, 104, 115, 147, 193, 276, 300, 346, 364, 376, 396, 608, 646, 648, 649, 650, 651, 652, 656, 667, 674, 679, 686, EL1, EL2, EL3 and N15.
As at May 2015, Rainham garage operated routes 167, 193, 300, 347, 362, 364, 368, 376, 462, 498, 608, 646, 648, 649, 650, 651, 652, 656, 667, 674, 679, 686, EL1, EL2 and W19. On 27 June 2015, route 498 passed to Stagecoach London. In July 2016 the garage closed with all operations transferred to Barking. Route 372 was won on a temporary contract as part replacement for route 324 which ran between Romford Market and Bluewater Shopping Centre, Blue Triangle was awarded the temporary contract using four second hand Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Darts. In March 2004, Blue Triangle retained the contract for another five years; this route has since passed to Stagecoach London. In 2001 Blue Triangle commenced operating route 248. In September 2008, the passed to Stagecoach London. Route 375 was won on a temporary contract as a part replacement to Essex County Council route 500, withdrawn between Ongar and Romford, Transport for London stepped in with this replacement service using just one bus. On 4 July 2009 this passed to Arriva Southern Counties.
In September 2003 Blue Triangle commenced operating route 66. In September 2010 this passed to Arriva Southern Counties. On 3 November 2007 Blue Triangle commenced operating route 368. On 26 March 2011 this passed to First London but was re-acquired on 22 June 2013. In September 2001 Blue Triangle commenced operating route 648. On 3 September 2011 this route passed to First London but was re-acquired on 22 June 2013. In March 2012 Blue Triangle commenced operating route 20. Blue Triangle owned a number of special vehicles including an ex Green Line AEC Routemaster, ex London Routemasters and AEC Regent III RTs for use on charter duties; these vehicles were not included in the sale to Go-Ahead Group and remain in the ownership of Roger Wright's London Bus Company. As at May 2015, Blue Triangle's London services had a peak vehicle requirement of 131 buses. Media related to Blue Triangle at Wikimedia Commons Blue Triangle Website Go-Ahead Group Website
Abellio (London & Surrey)
Abellio London is a bus company operating services in Greater London. A subsidiary of Abellio, it operates services under contract to Transport for London; until September 2018, services were operated in Surrey under the Abellio Surrey brand. The origins of Abellio can be traced back to June 1998 when National Express commenced operating routes C1 and 211 under the Travel London brand. In August 2000, National Express sold the business to Limebourne, who in July 2001 sold out to Connex. In February 2004, National Express repurchased the business. Further expansion in 2005 saw the purchases of the London bus operations of Tellings-Golden Miller with a depot in Byfleet and various Surrey County Council contracts. Travel London operated contracts on behalf of Transport for London, Surrey County Council, Kingston University. Operations were split between three registered companies; the Surrey routes were rebranded as Travel Surrey in September 2007. In May 2009, National Express sold Travel London to Abellio.
The sale included 66 routes, 36 Transport for London tendered services and 30 Surrey County Council and Kingston University routes. All vehicles and staff were included. On 30 October 2009 the businesses were rebranded as Abellio Surrey. In November 2014 an Abellio bus caught fire with one of its rear wheels exploding. A casualty was treated by London Ambulance service. Abellio operates six garages in Surrey. Beddington Cross and Walworth are operated by Abellio London Limited and Fulwell and Southall by Abellio West London Limited; as of August 2017, Beddington garage operated routes 109, 130, 201, 367, 407, 433, 464, N109 and S4. As at August 2017, Battersea garage operated routes 49, 156, 159, 211, 344, 345, 414, 452, C2, C3; this garage was established by Q-Drive in the late 1990s, hence the QB code. Travel London's original bus garage was situated further north towards Stewarts Lane railway depot, the home of the Gatwick Express, a rail franchise operated by its parent National Express. Connex moved into these premises after purchasing the Limebourne business in July 2001.
In December 2015, Battersea garage started operating route 159. As at August 2017, Walworth garage operated routes 3, 45, 68, 196, 381, 415, 484, C10, P13, N3, N68 and N381. On 30 April 2016, routes 40 passed to London Central. After being closed by London Regional Transport in the 1980s, Walworth garage was reopened by Travel London in 2005, who needed more garage space after some contract wins. Fulwell bus garage operates London bus routes 290, 350, 481, 490, H20, H25, H26, H28, K1, R68 and R70; the garage is split into two sections, with northern half used by London United and the southern half used by Abellio. A part of Abellio's section is used by London United as the terminus for its route 33; until September 2009, Fulwell was responsible for the Kingston University shuttle services. These are now run by Quality Line. On 28 May 2016, Fulwell took over the running of route H28 which moved from Hayes to make space for routes E5, E7 and E9. On 25 March 2017, Fulwell took over the running of route 350 which moved from Hayes to make space for route 427.
Hayes garage operates London bus routes 195, 427, U5, U7 and U9. On 28 May 2016, Abellio London started operating routes E7 and E9 from Hayes. Southall garage operates London bus routes E1, E5, E7 and E9. On 29 July 2017, routes E5, E7 and E9 were transferred to this new garage from Hayes; this garage held 50 buses and was the base for several Surrey County Council tendered routes as well as some commercial services. This garage was operated by Tellings-Golden Miller and was sold to National Express in June 2005, it was rebranded as Travel Surrey in September 2007 and ran buses in a livery of white with a red skirt. Renamed Travel London, in September 2007 it was rebranded as Travel Surrey. In October 2009 it was rebranded Abellio Surrey. In September 2017, all 17 of its Surrey County Council tendered routes passed to other operators; as at July 2017, the remaining routes were commercially operated services 441 and 461. Route 441 was taken over by White Bus in March 2018 and route 461 by Falcon Coaches in September 2018.
As at March 2016, the fleet consisted of 769 buses. Media related to Travel Surrey at Wikimedia Commons Abellio London website
HCT Group is a social enterprise providing transport services and community services in Bristol, Jersey and Yorkshire. It was founded in 1982 as Hackney Community Transport in the London Borough of Hackney to provide transport services for local voluntary organisations and community groups. HCT Group is registered as a company limited by guarantee; the company is a registered charity. The HCT Group was founded in 1982 and in 2014 had a fleet of 500 vehicles and a turnover of £43.7m and employs over 700 people. In June 2011 it reinvested 37% of annual profits into local community services, its best performance to date, its chief executive, Dai Powell, joined the social enterprise as a bus cleaner. CT Plus was founded as a wholly owned trading arm of HCT in 2001, became a community interest company in 2007; the company competes for contracts in the marketplace, its profits are used by HCT to support community transport or other objectives such as training for the long-term unemployed. Ash Grove bus garage was CT Plus' first London garage and as at March 2017, operated routes 26, 309, 388, 394, N26, D6, W5 and W13.
The depot is shared with Arriva London. In November 2016, CT Plus opened a second garage in Walthamstow; as of March 2019, routes 20, 385, 397, W11, W12, W16 and W19 were operated from this depot. In 2001, CT Plus began operating its Transport for London contracted service, route 153. In 2003, it began operating routes 388 and 394. Special Educational Needs Transport, coach and bus hire, in Waltham Forest Social services transport in Kensington & Chelsea Day Centre & Special Educational Needs Transport in Lambeth Special Educational Needs Transport in Southwark Impact Group, purchased from Tower Transit August 2018 As at March 2017, the Transport for London fleet consisted of 120 buses. HCT operate a number of community and mainstream bus services outside London. Services include: CT plus operate from depots in Wakefield and Leeds, with a fleet of around 110 vehicles; the services in Yorkshire consist of West Yorkshire Metro tendered services: AccessBus, a demand responsive transport service providing local transport for those unable to use regular transport.
A few public routes are operated, around Wakefield and South Elmsall. In addition, some private contracts are operated, including two shuttle services for the NHS. Manchester Community Transport Powells Bus, South Yorkshire, acquired July 2018 Routes 505, 506, 511 and 512, branded Bristol Community Transport, under contract to Bristol City Council, from 2017. Since January 2019 Bristol Community Transport operate route m1 of Bristol Metrobus, using 21 biogas-powered buses. Guernsey public bus operations Jersey public bus services, branded as LibertyBus Park and ride bus service in Hull, 2010 to 2014 HCT operates: accessible minibuses for community and voluntary groups'Capital Call' a door-to-door service provided by Private hire vehicles for users with mobility difficulties'ScootAbility' mobility scooter home delivery service'PlusBus' bus service for those who have difficulty accessing mainstream transport'Door 2 Door' transport service provided by volunteers for Hackney residents'Integrated Transport Solutions' transport contract management service'YourCar' a door-to-door service for registered users with mobility difficulties in the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark HCT provides education services supported by the Learning and Skills Council and the London Development Agency.
The courses include bus driver training for women. The British government has promoted the delivery of public services by not for profit organisations. British prime minister David Cameron has stated that he wants more social enterprises running public services as part of his "Big Society". Charitable legal website Get Legal described HCT's corporate structure as allowing HCT Group to "separate the risks associated with its business in different limited liability vehicles; the social mission of each of those vehicles is protected which sends a clear message to the public that the organisation is a social enterprise. HCT says it aims to "demonstrate and promote the social enterprise business model as a effective and responsible mechanism", that it maintains environmental and safety and social policies, measures its performance against these. Profit is seen by company CEO Dai Powell as enabling its social goals: "You have to be an enterprise first, because if you don’t make a profit, you can’t fulfil that social mission.".
HCTs commercial services allowed it to invest 18 per cent of its annual profits into non-commercial community transport in 2007/08. Its mission was to increase this to 30 per cent in the subsequent five years. HCT only competes for contracts that have high levels of accessibility and quality in the specification. "HCT sees the provision of high-quality public services as a goal in itself...and seeks user input into the design and delivery of all its services". The CEO claims "we don’t provide poor services for poor people – the quality has to be there”. HCT recruits volunteers to train people with learning difficulties and physical disabilities to use public transport independently. West Yorkshire Metro noted that a community transport provider "...spends its surpluses on transport services in the community which are not commissioned from public bodies" but that "Commissioning from the sector can however carry risks...organisations can lack capability and professionalism and be over reliant on individuals leading to instability".
HCT Group is no more immune to labour relation
Metroline is a bus company operating services in north and west London. It operates services under contract to Transport for London. Operations are split between two registered companies, Metroline Travel Limited and Metroline West Limited. On 1 April 1989, London Buses was divided into 11 separate business units, one of, Metroline; as part of the privatisation of London bus services, Metroline was sold in October 1994 to a management buyout. In July 1998, it in March 2000 was sold to ComfortDelGro. In August 2004 ComfortDelGro purchased Thorpes and in November 2004 Armchair Passenger Transport with seven routes and 86 buses; the coach business of Armchair was absorbed into ComfortDelGro-owned Westbus UK in 2006. Thropes and Armchair retained their existing names before being rebranded to Metroline in January 2007; when privatised, Metroline adopted a livery of red with a dark blue skirt. This was changed to light blue in the mid 2000s before the dark blue was reinstated. In June 2009, Metroline adopted an all red scheme to comply with Transport for London requirements.
In 2014, a blue and red livery was introduced on buses dedicated to non-Transport for London services. On 22 June 2013, Metroline purchased First London's Alperton, Hayes and Willesden Junction depots with 494 buses. Metroline Travel Limited operates nine bus garages as of August 2018: Cricklewood Edgware Harrow Weald Holloway King's Cross Perivale East Perivale West Potters Bar Willesden Metroline West Limited operates five bus garages purchased from First London in June 2013; as of February 2017, Alperton garage operated routes 83, 223, 224, 483, 487 and N83. One of three garages built by the London Passenger Transport Board, the only one to survive, Alperton Garage opened in June 1939, adjacent to the Piccadilly line tube station of the same name; when it opened it had an allocation of STLs which were reshuffled from Cricklewood, Harrow Weald and Willesden garages. As Alperton was a new garage and had plenty of headroom it was one of the few garages able to take utility Guy Arabs, at one stage these made up its complete allocation and lasted until 1954 when they were replaced by STLs.
By 1972 with the arrival of numerous AEC Merlin and AEC Swift class single deck buses to operate the numerous one man operated services, the further allocation of Daimler Fleetlines, parking space was becoming a problem. It therefore became necessary to park a dozen or so buses on nearby Glacier Metals' car park overnight; the garage was enlarged between 1976 and 1978, which encompassed the adjacent former Underground substation, the LT Lifts and Escalators department which had to move out to new premises. During the reconstruction works, 18 vehicles were outstationed at Stonebridge; the last AEC Regent III RT buses were transferred out in 1975, until the beginning of the 1980s, Alperton had an AEC Routemaster and Daimler Fleetline allocation. The first MCW Metrobuses arrived in 1981, replaced the Daimler Fleetlines on all the one man operated routes, would become the mainstay of the fleet for many years. Following the September 1982 service reductions, all the remaining Routemasters were transferred to other garages, route 83 and 187 being one manned at the same time.
Replacement Metrobuses were allocated to make up the allocation (mainly used vehicles from Edgware and Fulwell, making the garage all Metrobus. By 1995, Alperton was doing most of the maintenance for the CentreWest operation and had become the home of the training fleet. On 6 August 2016, route 245 was transferred from this garage to Perivale East garage. From 10 September 2016, Route 483 will operate from Alperton garage; as of February 2017, Greenford garage operated routes 92, 95, 207, 282, 482 and E6. On 27 May 2017, routes E5 E9 passed to Abellio London. Greenford bus depot was first used in 1993 as a midibus base; the opening of Greenford garage led to the closure of Hanwell, in 1995 the garage was operating 110 midibuses. The standard fare of vehicles in the late 1990s were Wright bodied Renault midibuses, Marshall minibuses but both types had a bad reputation and did not last long. From late 2003 until 14 March 2009 Ealing Community Transport operated route 195 from the Greenford depot using garage code EY.
The garage was first opened on Springfield Road in Hayes before moving to a larger depot at Rigby Lane in early 2016. On 11 June 2016, route 195 was transferred from this garage to Greenford garage. On 20 August 2016, routes U5 was transferred to this garage from Uxbridge garage; the garage has no operational routes and is in use for vehicle storage only. The original Uxbridge garage was around half a mile out of town on the Oxford Road and was built by the London General Omnibus Company in 1921, but passed to Thames Valley a year before reverting in 1929 to work its new local routes which were operated by single deckers. An extension was added in the late 1940s and a new garage was planned, although work didn't begin until the 1980s; the new garage opened in late 1983 next to the underground station occupying the lower ground floor of a multi use building. In 1989 the garage began operating the U-Line network of local routes using 16 seater Alexander bodied Mercedes-Benz midibuses in an initiative by London Transport.
The growth of use of the U-Line services over the years since 1989 has meant that larger buses have been put into service on these routes. The garage operated the busy 207. In 1994, the garage was allocated some of London's first low-floor single deckers, Wright bo