Tower Transit

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Tower Transit 28 at Kensington.jpg
Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TL on
route 28 in September 2013
Parent Transit Systems
Founded 22 June 2013
Headquarters Paddington
Service area Greater London
Service type Bus operator
Routes 23 (September 2014)
Depots 3
Fleet 407 (September 2014)
Chief executive Adam Leishman
Website www.towertransit.co.uk

Tower Transit[1] is a Transport for London bus operator. It is a subsidiary of Transit Systems.

History[edit]

Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL on route 266 in October 2013

In June 2013, Transit Systems purchased First London's Atlas Road (Park Royal), Lea Interchange (Leyton) and Westbourne Park garages with 24 London bus routes and 412 buses.[2][3][4][5] Also included were contracts to operate three routes (425, N550 and N551) that had yet to commence.[6][7][8]

In October 2014, Tower Transit purchased the Impact Group[9] which operates 130 small buses for local authorities and schools out of depots in Ealing and Croydon.[10]

Garages[edit]

Tower Transit operates three bus garages.

Atlas Road (AS)[edit]

As at September 2014, Park Royal garage operated routes 28, 31, 266, 328, N28 and N31.[11]

History[edit]

On 1 October 2011 this garage opened when part of Westbourne Park garage was closed to make way for Crossrail construction works, with operation of routes 28, 31, 328, N28 and N31 transferred. Atlas Road operates as an outstation for Westbourne Park, so buses are seen on Atlas Road routes and vice versa.

Lea Interchange (LI)[edit]

As at September 2014, Leyton garage operated routes 25, 26, 30, 58, 236, 308, 339, 425, N26, N550, N551, RV1, W14, W15.[12]

History[edit]

The garage opened in 2007 to replace the Waterden Road, Stratford garage that closed as part of the development of the Olympic Park for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Waterden Road was opened in 1996 after a number tender wins.

Lea Interchange will commence operating route 488 on 28 February 2015, followed by routes 212 and 444 on 7 March 2015.[13][14][15]

Westbourne Park (X)[edit]

As at September 2014, Westbourne Park garage operated routes 23, 70 and 295.[16]

History[edit]

Westbourne Park Garage was part of the re-construction programme undertaken by London Transport in the early 1980s. As was common practice at the time, the new garage replaced two older garages - the small and inadequate Middle Row (X), and the larger former trolley bus garage at Stonebridge (SE). The new garage, which opened in 1981 in Great Western Road, and is of unusual design in that it is built beneath the elevated A40 Westway, the roof of the garage being profiled to match the concrete flyover. Originally, the garage allocation consisted of AEC Routemasters, and a small number of DM to B20 "quiet" specification for Route 18. These were supplemented in 1983 by a number of Leyland Titan of T class for comparative trials. A new 180m bus parking area is to be built on a raised platform over railway lines as part of the Crossrail project.[17]

Edmonton[edit]

In August 2014, Tower Transit lodged a development application to build a new garage in Edmonton with capacity for 107 buses.[18][19]

Fleet[edit]

As at September 2014, the fleet consisted of 407 buses.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 8536416 Tower Transit Operations Limited
  2. ^ "FirstGroup Announces Sale of Eight London Bus Depots". FirstGroup. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Tower Transit announces First Group partial acquisition". Transit Systems. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Date set for Aussie takeover of London bus routes". Australiasian Bus & Coach. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Hurst, Brian (12 June 2013). "Redland company takes wheel of London's big red buses". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Bus tender results Route 425 Transport for London 25 October 2012
  7. ^ Bus tender results Route N550 Transport for London 25 October 2012
  8. ^ Bus tender results Route N551 Transport for London 25 October 2012
  9. ^ Companies House extract company no 4464220 Impact Group Limited
  10. ^ Tower Transit expands with Impact Bus & Coach Professional 31 October 2014
  11. ^ Carr, Ken (September 2014). The London Bus Guide (4 ed.). Boreham: Visions International Entertainment. p. 113. ISBN 978-0-9570058-6-0. 
  12. ^ Carr, Ken (September 2014). The London Bus Guide (4 ed.). Boreham: Visions International Entertainment. p. 116. ISBN 978-0-9570058-6-0. 
  13. ^ "CT Plus and Arriva lose out to Tower Transit" Buses issue 713 August 2014 page 20
  14. ^ Tender News Bus Talk (Go-Ahead London) issue 29 August 2014
  15. ^ Carr, Ken (September 2014). The London Bus Guide (4 ed.). Boreham: Visions International Entertainment. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-9570058-6-0. 
  16. ^ Carr, Ken (September 2014). The London Bus Guide (4 ed.). Boreham: Visions International Entertainment. p. 121. ISBN 978-0-9570058-6-0. 
  17. ^ MacLennan, Peter. "Crossrail Awards Padington New Yard Contract". Crossrail UK. Crossrail UK. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  18. ^ 41 Pickett's Lock Lane, Edmonton Greater London Authority 6 August 2014
  19. ^ "Tower Transit" Buses issue 714 September 2014 page 21
  20. ^ Carr, Ken (September 2014). The London Bus Guide (4 ed.). Boreham: Visions International Entertainment. p. 42. ISBN 978-0-9570058-6-0.