|Service area||South London|
|Service type||Bus services|
|Fleet||Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart
Alexander Dennis Enviro400
Dennis Dart SLF
Dennis Trident 2
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Selkent began as an operating district of London Transport in the early 1980s. In March 1992 it was among the first of the London Buses subsidiaries to completely cease operation of AEC Routemasters when the Catford garage allocation on route 36B was converted to one man operated buses.
In December 1988 it was established as one of 12 operating subsidiaries of London Buses in preparation for privatisation. In 1994 it was sold to Stagecoach and 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 the Selkent name and logo. In October 2010 Stagecoach reacquired its old London operations with Selkent once again rebranded as Stagecoach London.
When privatised Selkent had a red livery with a grey skirt. This was replaced by 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 to conform with a contractual requirements for London buses to be 80% red. After the sale to Macquarie Bank, an all red livery was introduced.
Selkent operates three bus garages.
Bromley garage was opened by the London General Omnibus Company in April 1924. Built at a cost of £23,000, it was originally designed to house 60 buses, although the plan was to ultimately 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vehicles being the mainstay of the fleet until 1949, when the final petrol-engined STL-type double deckers were finally superseded.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, running alongside them. AEC Routemasters were not introduced to Bromley until 1975, being replaced in 1984 by Leyland Titans. With regards to single deckers, Bromley first housed RFs, arriving in 1952, which were gradually replaced by AEC Swifts between 1968 and 1971. FS type minibuses were operated from 1972 until the BS type replaced them in 1976. These were in turn replaced by BLs in 1978. In 1977 Leyland Nationals replaced the last of the SMSs, and ran alongside the BLs until 1985, when Bromley became the domain of Nationals and Titans.
In the early 1990s, Bromley became the home of Carlyle bodied Dennis Darts and Optare MetroRider bodied MCW Metrorider midibuses. After the takeover by Stagecoach, the fleet at Bromley was standardised on the Dennis Trident 2 and Dennis Dart SLF. In slightly more recent years, a plot of land on the opposite side of the side road (Lower Gravel Road) was developed into an open yard for storage of the larger number of generally longer, taller, wider vehicles required for today's operations.
Bus types in use
- Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 8.9m for routes R5, R7 and R10
- Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 10.2m for route 314
- Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 10.7m for route 246
- Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.2m for routes 61, 208 and 261
- Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.8m for route 61
- Dennis Dart SLF 10.2m / Plaxton Pointer 2 as a logistical spare
- Dennis Trident 2 10.5m / Alexander ALX400 for routes 269, 636, 637, 638 and 664 
- Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro 12.0m for route 227
Catford Garage was opened in 1914 by the London General Omnibus Company, but was requisitioned a year later and did not re-open until 1920 when Thomas Tilling's Lewisham operation moved there due to space constraints at his other garage. Originally 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 considerably better than most garages in numbers over the years, especially since de-regulation, having an allocation of 122 buses in 1994 rising to around 160 in the early 2000s.
On 21 July 2012, route 122 was temporarily transferred from Plumstead garage.
On 25 August 2012, route 354 was transferred.
Bus types in use
- Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 8.9m for routes 124, 273, 354 and 356
- Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.2m for routes 136 and 199
- Dennis Dart SLF 8.8m / Plaxton Pointer 2 as a logistical spare 
- Dennis Dart SLF 10.2m / Plaxton Pointer 2 for routes 178, 380 and P4
- Dennis Trident 2 9.9m & 10.5m / Alexander ALX400 for routes 47, 621, 660, N47 and N136
- Optare Tempo Hybrid 10.6m for route 178
- Volvo B5L 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 to be introduced on route 75 from 26 April 2014 and route 54 from 3 May 2014
Plumstead is well sited to serve the growing Thamesmead area, and 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 entirely made up of MCW Metropolitans, and by 1983 had changed entirely 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.
On 18 August 2012, route 122 was transferred back to after briefly being operated by Catford garage.
Bus types in use
- Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 9.4m for route 386
- Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 10.2m for route 469
- Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.2m for routes 51, 53 and 99 
- Alexander Dennis Enviro400H 10.2m to be introduced on routes 96 and 472 from 25 January 2014 and on route 122 from 8 February 2014 
- Dennis Dart SLF 9.4m / Plaxton Pointer 2 for route 291
- Dennis Trident 2 9.9m & 10.5m / Alexander ALX400 for routes 122, 472, 601, 602 and 672
- Scania OmniCity 10.6m for routes 51, 96 and 177
- Companies House extract company no 2328595 South East London & Kent Bus Company Limited
- Stagecoach re-enters London bus market BBC News 15 October 2010
- Tendering Results Stagecoach Bus
- Bus tender results Route 624 Transport for London 18 March 2011
- Bus tender results Route 658 Transport for London 18 March 2011
- Bus tender results Route 621 Transport for London 28 September 2011
- Bus tender results Route 625 Transport for London 18 March 2011
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