Tower Transit

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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 24 (September 2013)
Depots Atlas Road
Lea Interchange
Westbourne Park
Fleet AEC Routemaster
Alexander Dennis Enviro200
Alexander Dennis Enviro400
Dennis Dart SLF
Dennis Trident 2
VDL SB200
Volvo B7TL
Volvo B9TL
Wright Gemini 2 DL
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 FirstGroup's Atlas Road (Park Royal), Lea Interchange (Leyton) and Westbourne Park garages with 24 London bus routes and approximately 400 buses.[2][3][4][5]

Garages[edit]

Tower Transit operates three bus garages.

Atlas Road (AS)[edit]

This garage in Park Royal runs London bus routes 28, 31, 328, 24-hour route 266 and Night routes N28 and N31.

History[edit]

On 1 October 2011 this depot opened when part of Westbourne Park depot was closed to make way for Crossrail construction 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.

Bus types in use[edit]

Lea Interchange (LI)[edit]

This garage in Leyton runs London bus routes 26, 30, 58, 236, 308, 339, 425, RV1, W14, W15, 24-hour route 25 and Night routes N26, N550 and N551.

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.

On 6 July 2013, Tower Transit commenced operating route 425.[7] This had been won by First London prior to the sale and thus the 10 Alexander Dennis Enviro400s ordered were built to First London specifications and entered service with FirstGroup fleet numbers.

On 31 August 2013, Tower Transit commenced operating routes N550 and N551.[8][9]

Bus types in use[edit]

Westbourne Park (X)[edit]

This garage runs London bus routes 9 (Heritage), 70 and 24-hour routes 23 and 295.

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 depot 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 RM, 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.

Bus types in use[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 8536416 Tower Transit Operations Limited
  2. ^ "FirstGroup Announces Sale of Eight London Bus Depots". FirstGroup. 2013-04-09. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  3. ^ "Tower Transit announces First Group partial acquisition". Transit Systems. 2013-04-09. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  4. ^ "Date set for Aussie takeover of London bus routes". Australiasian Bus & Coach. 2013-06-14. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  5. ^ Hurst, Brian (2013-06-12). "Redland company takes wheel of London's big red buses". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  6. ^ http://www.lots.org.uk/pdf/FL%20Disposal-2.pdf
  7. ^ Bus tender results Route 425 Transport for London 25 October 2012
  8. ^ Bus tender results Route N550 Transport for London 25 October 2012
  9. ^ Bus tender results Route N551 Transport for London 25 October 2012
  10. ^ http://www.lots.org.uk/