An NSL Services Optare Versa in Shepherd's Bush
|Founded||12 November 2005|
|Defunct||13 November 2009|
|Service area||Greater London|
|Hubs||Park Royal and Twickenham|
NSL Buses (previously known as NCP Challenger) was an operator of London Buses. It was founded by Matt Larkin on 12 November 2005.
The company started operating TfL bus routes as NCP Challenger on 12 November 2005. They had obtained the contracts for routes 33 and 419, both were previously contracted to London United. A depot was established at Twickenham Trading Estate (off Rugby Road), and a number of London United staff filled the management positions.
A second depot was opened at Park Royal in North West London after winning the contracts to run routes 272, 440 and E11. Both 272 and 440 were transferred from London United (now Transdev London), and the E11 was transferred from First London. NCP Challenger started operation of all three routes on 26 May 2007.
In April 2009, NCP Challenger was rebranded NSL Buses, due to NCP Services Group being rebranded as NSL Services Group.
During the introduction of the new name, NSL was rebranding their bus fleet to replace the old NCP-Challenger logo with the new NSL ones.
NSL Buses operated 7 routes on contract to TfL, and all were operated by single-decker buses.
NSL Buses operated from two garages.
Bus types in use
- Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 10.2m (ADL) for route 272 and 440
- Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 8.9m (ADS) for route E11
- Optare Versa 10.4m (OVL) for route 283
Their Twickenham Garage (NC) was the company's first garage, opened on 12 November 2005, to operate routes 33 and 419, and later the 493.
Bus types in use
- Dennis Dart SLF 10.2m / Plaxton Pointer 2 (NCP) for routes 33/419
- Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 10.2m (ADL) for route 493