East London (bus company)
|Service area||Central London
|Service type||Bus services|
Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart
Alexander Dennis Enviro400
Alexander Dennis Enviro400H
Dennis Trident 2
- 1 History
- 2 Livery
- 3 Garages
- 4 Former Garages
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
East London was established in December 1988 as one of 12 operating subsidiaries of London Buses in preparation for privatisation. In 1994 it was sold to Stagecoach and renamed Stagecoach East London. 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 East London name and Thames sailing barge logo. In October 2010 Stagecoach reacquired its old London operations with Selkent once again rebranded as Stagecoach London.
When privatised East London 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.
East London operates five bus garages.
Barking is remembered by many enthusiasts as being the last garage to operate AEC Regent III RTs on 7 April 1979. In 1992, it was intended to close this garage, along with those at North Street and Seven Kings, in favour of a new super-garage at Chadwell Heath. As it turned out, this super-garage was not built due to the land for it being contaminated, and only Seven Kings closed. Thus, by 1994, Barking found itself with a scheduled requirement for 109 buses, mainly Titans and Optare Deltas.
Bus types in use
- Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 10.2m for routes 62 and 366
- Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.2m for routes 15, 62, 101, 145, 169, 387, 687 and N15 
- Dennis Trident 2 9.9m & 10.5m / Alexander ALX400 for route 5
- Optare Versa 10.4m for routes 62 and 396
Opened as a tram depot by the north Metropolitan Tramways Company in 1908 on land once occupied by an asylum, it was converted to operate trolley buses in 1939. It was converted to motor bus operation in 1959 including the installation of large overground fuel tanks. Shortly after its conversion, it took up the allocation of the nearby Clay Hall garage when that closed.
The garage has had a long association with the AEC Routemaster, receiving its first examples in the early 1960s, some of which remained right up until August 2004 when the type was withdrawn from route 8. In December 2007, Bow took over the running of Heritage route 15 from the closed Waterden Road garage until this moved to West Ham in June 2009.
On 3 March 2012, the West Ham allocation for routes 5 and N15 was transferred.
On 31 August 2013, the night allocation for route 277 was transferred.
Bus types in use
- Alexander Dennis Enviro400H 10.2m for routes 5, 15 and N15, to be introduced on routes 205 and N205 from 30 August 2014 
- Dennis Trident 2 9.9m & 10.5m / Alexander ALX400 for routes 8, 277 and N8
- New Bus for London 11.3m (LT) to be introduced on route 8 and N8 from 28 June 2014 
- Scania OmniCity 10.8m for routes 205 and N205
Leyton garage was built in 1912 by the London General Omnibus Company to replace an existing garage acquired from London Metropolitan, and was in an ideal position to benefit from developing areas. During the Second World War the garage suffered bomb damage but was not rebuilt until a major renovation in 1955.
The garage was the first to receive post-war AEC Regent III RTs, 78 of which were allocated by 1947, with a further 30 added for the trolleybus conversion program in 1959. They remained in service at Leyton ended in 1972.
When the London Buses subsidiaries were established, Leyton was taken up by the London Forest subsidiary. In 1991, plans to close the garage were a contributing factor in strike action by all of the company's staff, which ultimately resulted in the winding-up of London Forest, with Leyton garage passing to East London.
On 3 March 2012, Stagecoach London commenced opertaing route 275.
Bus types in use
- Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.2m for routes 179 and 275
- Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.8m for route 55
- Dennis Trident 2 9.9m & 10.5m / Alexander ALX400 for routes 55, 69, 97 and N55 
- Scania OmniCity 10.8m for routes 48, 56 and 215
Romford garage is also called North Street (hence its NS code) as London Transport already had a 'country bus' garage: Romford (London Road). It was opened in 1953 to take the strain off nearby Hornchurch garage, and also to cope with the new Harold Hill estate. Built in the post-war style of an London Underground station, it was initially able to house 115 buses, although only 67 were allocated when opened. The allocation grew to 90 by 1958.
In 1992, along with Barking and Seven Kings (which did subsequently close although due to loss of routes by competitive tender), the garage was earmarked for closure in favour of a new super-garage at Chadwell Heath, which ultimately was never built. By 1994, Romford was allocated 84 buses, mainly Leyalnd Titans. In 2004 the allocation had dropped slightly to 76, although with a good year of tender wins in 2005 the garage is up to full capacity. The garage was home to East London Coaches private hire operation from 1990 to 2005 when the section moved to the now closed Waterden Road garage.
On 15 April 2013, Stagecoach London commenced operating temporary school contract for route 256.
Bus types in use
- Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 10.2m for route 296
- Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.2m for routes 103, 365, 496 and N86 
- Dennis Trident 2 9.9m & 10.5m / Alexander ALX400 for routes 86, 103, 175, 247 and 294
West Ham (WH)
The present West Ham garage was opened in February 2008 as the replacement for Stratford garage. Whilst construction work was underway, all major engineering work on its buses was carried out at Rainham. The garage became fully operational in November 2009 taking over its own maintenance. The new garage is able to hold over 300 buses. It is the biggest Bus garage in the United Kingdom and is the new location for Stagecoach London's head office and training centre.
On 3 March 2012, part of route 97's allocation was transferred.
Bus types in use
- AEC Routemaster for route 15H
- Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 10.2m for routes 323, 488 and D3
- Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 10.7m as logistical spares
- Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.2m for routes 104, 158 and 238, to be introduced on route 262 from 29 March 2014 
- Dennis Trident 2 9.9m & 10.5m / Alexander ALX400 for routes 69, 86, 97, 104, 115, 147, 158, 241, 262, 330 and 473
- Scania OmniCity 10.8m to be introduced on routes 262 and 473 from 29 March 2014 
Stratford garage opened in 1992. It was a large yard on an old industrial estate by the River Lea, opposite the Hackney garage which was owned by First London. It was originally called Bow Midibus Base on account of the fact that it housed midibuses which had been previously based at Bow and West Ham. It also operated buses with rooftop flashing beacons for the London City Airport contract.
One vehicle from this garage was destroyed in the London bombings of 7 July 2005. Thirteen passengers were killed, but the driver of the bus, George Psaradakis, escaped serious injury and was able to return to work a few weeks later. The bus was replaced in October 2005 by the first Alexander Dennis Enviro400 off the production line, which was named "Spirit of London" and it is now at West Ham.
Waterden Road (WA)
Waterden Road garage closed in December 2007 to allow the site to be redeveloped for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Waterden Road opened early in 2004 with an allocation for approximately 100 buses, mainly articulated Mercedes-Benz Citaros for route 25. By 2005, East London had relocated both its training centre and its private hire fleet to this garage. The private hire fleet was disbanded in 2007.
The garage had been open for less than four years when Olympics work forced its closure, the training centre moving to West Ham.
Upton Park (U)
Prior to West Ham being built it was the largest garage in the east end of London, Upton Park was opened by the LRCC in 1907 but was requisitioned for the war effort in 1915 and was not returned to use until 1919. In 1931 it was totally revamped and enlarged to create a capacity of just over 200 buses. In 1988 the garage operated the X15 Beckton Express using ex-Green Line AEC Routemaster RMCs. The service was a trial, and even sold newspapers to commuters on board.
On 16 September 2011 Upton Park garage closed. There was no driver redundancies as a result of the garage closure as they were moved with the routes to other locations.
- Companies House extract company no 2328402 East London Bus & Coach Company Limited
- Stagecoach re-enters London bus market BBC News 15 October 2010
- Wharmby, Matthew, The London Titan (Ian Allan Publishing, 2008) ISBN 978-0-7110-3299-6
- "London Omnibus Traction Society". Lots.org.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
- Companies House extract company no 2328491 London Forest Travel Limited
- Bus tender results Route 230 Transport for London 7 October 2005
- Bus tender results Route 230 Transport for London 19 July 2012
- Bus tender results Route 179 Transport for London 31 January 2013
- Tendering Results Stagecoach Bus
- Bus tender results Route 647 Transport for London 8 September 2006
- Bus tender results Route 647 Transport for London 21 July 2011
- Bus tender results Route 256 Transport for London 31 January 2013
- Bus tender results Route 678 Transport for London 8 September 2006
- Bus tender results Route 678 Transport for London 21 July 2011
- Bus tender results Route 257 Transport for London 31 January 2005
- Bus tender results Route 257 Transport for London 21 December 2011
- Bus tender results Route 106 Transport for London 1 November 2007
- Bus tender results Route 106 Transport for London 19 July 2012
- Bus tender results Route N550 Transport for London 20 December 2007
- Bus tender results Route N550 Transport for London 25 October 2012
- Upton Park Garage to Close Stagecoach Bus
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