List of bus garages in London

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Every garage operating services that form part of the London bus network has a one or two letter garage code. Such codes are not only for garages operating Transport for London contracts, but also to those operating commercial bus services under London bus agreements. There is also a code for Tramlink. The codes are used internally by London Buses, for administrative purposes.

History[edit]

Many of the codes are long-established, going back to London Buses Limited (LBL) (and in many cases earlier) days, and are well known among staff and enthusiasts. There is usually some sort of logic to the code allocated. In the early part of the 20th century, the London General Omnibus Company allocated its garages codes by going through the alphabet — initially A, B, C, etc.; and then AA, AB, AC, etc. Codes allocated since often reflect the geographical name of the garage (e.g. Fulwell, Alperton), New Cross (NX).) although some have since been renamed (HT, Holloway, was called Highgate).[1][2]

Since the start of tendering in 1985, some codes have also reflected the name of the owning company, examples being AH (Armchair, Brentford), EL (Eastern National, Chelmsford), WI (Wings, Uxbridge), BE (Blue Triangle, Rainham). Such company names may not still be in use today: DX (Arriva London North East, Barking) originates from Dix Travel, which was absorbed into Grey-Green, becoming its Dagenham operation, and subsequently relocated to Barking, and now absorbed by Arriva London. Similarly BT (Sovereign, Edgware) comes from BTS, which was subsequently bought out by Sovereign, and Hounslow Heath code WK originates from Westlink. The official code FR for Metrobus's Crayford base is especially obscure, referring to the original owner, one Chris Freeman of Freeman's Coaches, which was absorbed into Crystals, which subsequently sold out to Tellings-Golden Miller in 2003, who then sold it on to Metrobus in 2005.[3]

In several cases (TB/TC/TL and QB) the code reflects both the location (Bromley/Croydon/Lewisham (Catford), Battersea) and the original owning company (Tilling, Q-Drive). For example TB is Tilling Bromley, QB is Q-Drive Battersea.[3]

Some garage codes have been used for more than one garage over the years, sometimes when an entire garage has moved such as at Peckham (PM), and sometimes when a code has been dormant for some years and then been reused. Some premises have had different codes at different times in their life. Three garages (Ash Grove, Edgware and Fulwell) have two codes, one for each operator.[2][3]

During the period of operation by London Transport and its predecessors, indeed back to the earliest motor buses in the early 20th century, the garage code was clearly carried on both sides of the vehicle. The code was usually in the form of a metal (later plastic) stencil plate carried in a holder beside the running duty number plate. Latterly, the garage codes took the form of painted stencils or adhesive characters. In the post London Transport/ London Buses period, the display of garage codes is no longer universal and many vehicles carry no visible identification.[3]

There are a number of historical anomalies with the allocation of codes. When Ash Grove garage opened in 1981, it was coded AG by London Transport. As an operational garage that has opened and closed several times over the years, it now carries the code AE, formerly the code of the long closed Hendon garage and the AG code is currently unused.[citation needed]

Current codes[edit]

A[edit]

Code Garage Operator London Buses Code Opened Closed Picture Reference
A Sutton London General A 1924 A garage.jpg
AC Willesden Metroline AC 1912 Willesden - Bus garage seen from Pound Lane.jpg
AD Palmers Green Arriva London AD 1912
AE Ash Grove Kentish Bus (1994-98)

East Thames Buses (2000-05)

HCT Group (from 2001)

Arriva London (from 2005)

AE 1981 Arriva London North buses LT180 (LTZ 1180) & LT181 (LTZ 1181), Ash Grove garage, 12 April 2014 (1).jpg [4]
AF Putney London General AF 1888 (horsebus)

1912 (motorbus)

AF garage.jpg
AH Brentford Armchair (1999-2006)

Metroline (from 2006)

AH 1999
AL Merton London General AL 1913 Merton bus garage - geograph.org.uk - 1904372.jpg
AR Tottenham Arriva London AR 1913 A picture of the entrance to Tottenham bus garage
AV Hounslow London United AV 1913 Hounslow Garage - geograph.org.uk - 2765760.jpg
AW Walthamstow Avenue HCT Group AW 2016 [5]

B[edit]

Code Garage Operator London Buses Code Opened Closed Picture Reference
BC Beddington Cross Abellio London BC 1999 Entrance to Beddington bus garage - geograph.org.uk - 2872991.jpg [6]
BE Rainham Blue Triangle B 2016 [7][8]
BK Barking East London BK 1924 Barking Bus Garage - geograph.org.uk - 2993121.jpg
BN Brixton Arriva London BN Bus leaving Brixton Garage - geograph.org.uk - 2699846.jpg
BT Edgware London Sovereign BT London Sovereign VLP19, Edgware Garage (15293625800).jpg
BW Bow East London BW Bow Bus Garage (3354028501).jpg
BX Bexleyheath London Central BX Bexleyheath Bus Garage - geograph.org.uk - 148959.jpg

C[edit]

Code Garage Operator London Buses Code Opened Closed Picture Reference
C Croydon Metrobus C 2005
CT Clapton Arriva London CT Clapton garage (15295336484).jpg

D[edit]

Code Garage Operator London Buses Code Opened Closed Picture Reference
DT Dartford Arriva London DT 1933 (original)

19 January 1986

18 January 1986 (original) Arriva bus depot, Dartford - geograph.org.uk - 2277983.jpg [9]
DS Henley Road Docklands Buses DS 2021 [10]
DX Ripple Road, Barking Grey-Green (1991-98)

Arriva London (from 1998)

DX 1991 Barking Bus Garage - geograph.org.uk - 998308.jpg [11]

E[edit]

Code Garage Operator London Buses Code Opened Closed Picture Reference
E Enfield Arriva London E
EB Epsom Quality Line EB 1986 2 July 2021 [12]
EC Edmonton Arriva London EC Edmonton strike day (16245620396).jpg
EW Edgware Metroline EW Metroline - TE716 (ex-N98), TE838 (ex-N5), TE878 (ex-N98), Edgware Garage (15477995631).jpg

F[edit]

Code Garage Operator London Buses Code Opened Closed Picture Reference
FW Fulwell London United FW 1904 (tram)

1931 (trolleybus)

1962 (bus)

Fulwell garage.jpg [13]

G[edit]

Code Garage Operator London Buses Code Opened Closed Picture Reference
G Greenford First London (1997-2013)

Ealing Community Transport (2003-09)

Metroline (from 2013)

G 1993
GW Southall Abellio London GW

H[edit]

Code Garage Operator London Buses Code Opened Closed Picture Reference
H Waterden Road, Hackney First London

East London

H 2004 2007 East London Bus garage, Waterden Lane - geograph.org.uk - 336019.jpg [14]
HD Harrow Weald Metroline HD Harrow Weald garage.jpg
HH Hounslow Heath London United WK
HK Ash Grove HCT Group HK Arriva London North buses LT180 (LTZ 1180) & LT181 (LTZ 1181), Ash Grove garage, 12 April 2014 (1).jpg
HT Holloway Metroline HT Holloway Bus Garage - geograph.org.uk - 548062.jpg
HZ Hayes Metroline HZ

K[edit]

Code Garage Operator London Buses Code Opened Closed Picture Reference
KC King's Cross Metroline KC

L[edit]

Code Garage Operator London Buses Code Opened Closed Picture Reference
LI Lea Interchange East London HO 2007 FirstBus garage at Lea Interchange 2009.jpg

M[edit]

Code Garage Operator London Buses Code Opened Closed Picture Reference
MG Morden Wharf London Central MG

N[edit]

Code Garage Operator London Buses Code Opened Closed Picture Reference
N Norwood Arriva London N 1909 Outside Norwood bus garage - geograph.org.uk - 2518840.jpg
NP Northumberland Park Capital Citybus (1991-7)

First London (1997-2012)

London General (from 2012)

NP 1991
NS Romford East London NS Stagecoach London 36266 (LX11 AVW), 36262 (LX11 AVR), North Street (Romford) Garage (15512762272).jpg
NX New Cross London Central NX New Cross bus garage - geograph.org.uk - 1839122.jpg

O[edit]

Code Garage Operator London Buses Code Opened Closed Picture Reference
ON Alperton First London (1997-2013)

Metroline (from 2013)

ON 1939 11 September 2021 Alperton bus garage - geograph.org.uk - 795448.jpg [15]

P[edit]

Code Garage Operator London Buses Code Opened Closed Picture Reference
PA Perivale West Metroline PA Metroline bus LT98 (LTZ 1098), Perivale CELF, 23 August 2014.jpg
PB Potters Bar Metroline PB 1930 Potters Bar Bus Garage - geograph.org.uk - 1744081.jpg [16]
PD Plumstead Selkent PD 1981 Plumstead Bus Garage - geograph.org.uk - 1848493.jpg [17]
PK Park Royal London United PK
PL Waterside Way London General PL 2003 [18]
PM Peckham London Central PM 1905 Peckham Bus Garage (3074825153).jpg [19]
PV Perivale East Metroline PV [20]

Q[edit]

Code Garage Operator London Buses Code Opened Closed Picture Reference
Q Camberwell London Central Camberwell Bus Garage (3380218698).jpg
QB Battersea Abellio London

R[edit]

Code Garage Operator London Buses Code Opened Closed Picture Reference
RA Waterloo London General RA 1951 Waterloo Bus Garage Red Arrows.jpg [21]
RM Rainham Thameside RM
RR River Road, Barking Blue Triangle RR 2016 [22][23]

S[edit]

Code Garage Operator London Buses Code Opened Closed Picture Reference
S Shepherd's Bush London United S Shepherd's Bush Bus Garage - geograph.org.uk - 2464193.jpg
SF Stamford Hill Arriva London SF 1907 2020 Route 318, Stamford Hill Garage, N16 - Flickr - sludgegulper.jpg [24]
SI Silvertown Docklands Buses SI
SM South Mimms Sullivan Buses SN 1998 Sullivan Buses buses ELV2 to ELV10 & AE1, 2014 open day.jpg
SO Harrow London Sovereign SO 1994 114 Destination Line Up (15479518732).jpg
SW Stockwell London General SW 1952 Stockwell Bus Garage 1, London, UK - Diliff.jpg

T[edit]

Code Garage Operator London Buses Code Opened Closed Picture Reference
T Leyton East London T Leyton bus garage, interior - geograph.org.uk - 3143821.jpg
TB Bromley Selkent TB 208 leaving Bromley Garage - geograph.org.uk - 351159.jpg
TC South Croydon Arriva London TC South Croydon Bus Garage - geograph.org.uk - 1410993.jpg
TF Twickenham Abellio London TF Routemaster Heritage Trust open day, Twickenham bus garage, 1993.jpg
TH Thornton Heath Arriva London TH Thornton Heath Bus Garage (3380241490).jpg
TK Tramlink Tramlink TK Entrance to Tramlink depot at Beddington (geograph 4935419).jpg
TL Catford Selkent TL Buses at the rear of Catford bus garage, Bromley Road, SE6 - geograph.org.uk - 2254608.jpg
TP Thorpe Park Sullivan Buses TP
TV Tolworth London United TV Tired of Life^ - geograph.org.uk - 304883.jpg

U[edit]

Code Garage Operator London Buses Code Opened Closed Picture Reference
UX Uxbridge Metroline UX 1929 (original)

1983

1983 (original)

V[edit]

Code Garage Operator London Buses Code Opened Closed Picture Reference
V Stamford Brook London United V 1980 London United bus LT156 (LTZ 1156), Stamford Brook garage, 23 October 2014.jpg

W[edit]

Code Garage Operator London Buses Code Opened Closed Picture Reference
W Cricklewood Metroline W Cricklewood Bus Garage - geograph.org.uk - 1958372.jpg
WD Wandsworth Tootbus London WD Wandsworth bus garage (11033145644).jpg
WH West Ham East London WH Early morning, West Ham bus garage, London E16 - Flickr - sludgegulper.jpg
WJ Willesden Junction Metroline WJ
WL Walworth Abellio London WL Au Morandarte Flickr IMG 9140 (14760861885).jpg
WN Wood Green Arriva London WN Wood Green bus garage, 15 July 2011.jpg
WS Hayes Abellio London WS

X[edit]

Code Garage Operator London Buses Code Opened Closed Picture Reference
X Westbourne Park First London (1997-2013)

Tower Transit (2013-2021

RATP Dev Transit London (2021-)

X 1981 Westbourne Park Bus Garage - geograph.org.uk - 362479.jpg

Country Area[edit]

Code Garage Operator London Buses Code Opened Closed Picture Reference
BF Byfleet Travel Surrey (2006-9)

Abellio Surrey (2009-18)

Falcon Coaches (from 2018)

TG Travel Surrey Byfleet depot.JPG [25]
CY Crawley Metrobus MY
GF Guildford Arriva Guildford & West Surrey 1931 17 December 2021 Arriva Guildford & West Surrey Guildford depot 2.JPG [26]
GR Garston Arriva Shires & Essex 1952 1 September 2018 [27][28]
GY Grays Arriva Southern Counties 1935 (original)

1993

1993 (original)
HF Hatfield Uno UB 2003
HH Hemel Hempstead Arriva Shires & Essex 1935 (original)

1995

1995 (original) Hemel Bus Metrorider E991 DNK.jpg
HW High Wycombe Arriva Shires & Essex 1929 (original) 1977 (original) Arriva The Shires High Wycombe depot.JPG
MB Orpington Metrobus MB Green Street Green Bus Garage - geograph.org.uk - 1607442.jpg
TW Tunbridge Wells Arriva Southern Counties TS 1937 (original)

27 May 2018

2018 (original) Demolition Diary Tunbridge Wells Bus Garage.jpg [29][30]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joyce, James (1988). London Transport Bus Garages Since 1948. Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 0711018022.
  2. ^ a b London Bus Garages and Allocations. Crecy Publishing. 2014. pp. 3/4. ISBN 978-1908347220.
  3. ^ a b c d Carr, Ken (September 2014). The London Bus Guide (4 ed.). Boreham: Visions International Entertainment. p. 111. ISBN 978-0-9570058-6-0.
  4. ^ Lyons, Mark (2019). "Ash Grove". London Bus (BUSES). Key Publishing.
  5. ^ "CT Plus opens new Walthamstow garage". Coach & Bus Week. 2 December 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  6. ^ "Beddington Cross Garage [BC]". The Circle of London. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2021.
  7. ^ "Go Ahead's 7m new Barking garage". Buses. Key Publishing. July 2016. p. 25.
  8. ^ "Short Hops". Buses. Key Publishing. August 2016. p. 27.
  9. ^ "Last bus garage open day - Dartford". Transport for London. 21 August 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  10. ^ "Henley Road garage opens". Buses. 9 June 2021. Retrieved 21 January 2022.
  11. ^ Cooke, Phoebe (18 October 2016). "Barking bus driver shortlisted for UK Bus Awards". Barking & Dagenham Post. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  12. ^ "RATP Dev to close its Quality Line subsidiary". Coach & Bus Week. 12 January 2021. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  13. ^ Woodriff, Bryan (2003). Fulwell: Home to Trams, Trolleys and Buses. Middleton Press. ISBN 1-904474-11-X.
  14. ^ "LTSV - Location details".
  15. ^ "Farewell Alperton Garage". Metroline. Retrieved 14 November 2021.
  16. ^ "Welcome to Potters Bar garage". Bus & Coach Buyer. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2021.
  17. ^ "Plumstead bus garage open day is just the ticket for cancer charity". 853 London. 18 September 2021. Retrieved 14 November 2021.
  18. ^ "Waterside Way Bus Garage (PL)". LS Photography. 19 February 2021. Retrieved 14 November 2021.
  19. ^ "Bull Yard and Peckham Bus Garage". The Peckham Society. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2021.
  20. ^ "Grand Opening Night at Perivale (PV)". London Connected. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2021.
  21. ^ Dalrymple, Will (8 May 2018). "London's low-carbon electric bus garage". Transport Engineer. Retrieved 14 November 2021.
  22. ^ "Go Ahead's 7m new Barking garage". Buses. Key Publishing. July 2016. p. 25.
  23. ^ "Short Hops". Buses. Key Publishing. August 2016. p. 27.
  24. ^ Historic London bus garage to close Coach & Bus Week 17 September 2020
  25. ^ "Goodbye to Abellio Surrey, hello to Falcon Flagship". Hants & Surrey Bus Blog. 16 September 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  26. ^ "Arriva proposes closure of Guildford depot". Route One. 11 October 2021. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  27. ^ "Garston bus garage to close next year, Arriva confirms". Watford Observer. 17 August 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  28. ^ "Garston Garage, No More". London Buses On The Go. 22 September 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  29. ^ "Arriva's Tunbridge Wells garage closes its doors". Coach & Bus Week. 24 October 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2021.
  30. ^ "Opening date confirmed for Arriva's new Tunbridge Wells bus hub". Tunbridge Wells Times. 14 February 2018. Archived from the original on 14 November 2021. Retrieved 14 November 2021.

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