London Sovereign

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London Sovereign RATP Group
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London Sovereign YX68 UNS on route H12 at the Hatch End Telephone Exchange in June 2022.jpg
A London Sovereign bus is seen at Hatch End on route H12 in June 2022.
ParentRATP Dev Transit London
HeadquartersEdgware
Service areaNorth West London
Routes22 (September 2021)
Depots3
Fleet152 (May 2015)
Fuel typeDiesel, Hybrid & Electric
Websitewww.ratpdevlondon.co.uk/aboutus.html

London Sovereign is a bus company in North London. It is a subsidiary of RATP Dev Transit London and operates buses under contract to Transport for London.

Company history[edit]

Original London Sovereign logo

London Sovereign can trace its roots back to independent Borehamwood Travel Services which ran a fleet that included ex-Kelvin Central MCW Metrobuses and Northern Counties Palatines bodied Leyland Olympians and a collection of other vehicles. In 1993 it won its biggest London Buses contract, to operate route 13 with leased AEC Routemasters in its orange livery. In August 1994, Borehamwood Travel Services was sold to the Blazefield Group's Sovereign subsidiary, with the two operations merged as Sovereign London. On 3 November 2002, the business was sold to Transdev, and renamed Transdev London Sovereign.[1][2]

After London United was transferred to RATP Group as a result of the wider Transdev group's merger with Veolia Transport in March 2011, London Sovereign became Transdev's only London bus company. In March 2014, London Sovereign was sold to RATP and resumed trading as London Sovereign.[3] In December 2021, RATP's London bus operations including London Sovereign were transferred to a RATP joint venture with Australia's Kelsian Group (parent company of Tower Transit) known as RATP Dev Transit London.[4]

Garages[edit]

London Sovereign operate two bus garages.

Edgware (BT)[edit]

AEC Routemaster on route 13 in March 2005

As of September 2021, Edgware garage operated routes 79, 125, 142, 251, 288, 326, H12, 642,[5]

History[edit]

Edgware garage was first opened by the London General Omnibus Company in 1925 with space for 24 buses, but there was plenty of room adjacent to the Underground station which had recently been built. In 1939 a new building was built next to the original building which was to become the new bus station, while the remaining open parking area was used to store vehicles for the trolleybus replacement program. In 1984 a new 100 bus garage was built on the site of the long closed Edgware railway station at a cost of £4.5 million. In 1992 plans were made to close Edgware garage as Cricklewood garage was to become a fully functioning garage with new facilities. The outdoor parking area and the bus station then became a midibus base in 1993, with a new bus wash and light maintenance facilities provided in the yard.[citation needed]

In 1999, London Sovereign, having won some tenders for bus services in North-West London, took a 10-year lease on half of Edgware garage and invested in a new maintenance facility which was to replace its former base at Borehamwood. In late 2000, Metroline moved back into the other half of the garage, making it one of the few garages to be shared by two operators.[citation needed] On 25 July 2015 London Sovereign commenced operating route 326.

RATP Dev will start operating electric buses for route 125 in March 2022

Harrow (SO)[edit]

As of September 2021, Harrow garage operated routes 183, 395, 398, H9, H10, H14, H18, H19, N5 and X140[6]

History[edit]

Harrow garage opened in 1994. It is RATP Dev's smallest London garage holding just 42 buses. The low roof beam across the middle of the depot building was raised to allow double deckers. The garage has a plot of land next to it, owned by London Sovereign, which is now used to park most of the single decker's due to the 183 allocation, which started on 24 July 2015. The 183 is split between Harrow and Edgware with the majority of buses at Harrow. Route 183 is now fully allocated to Harrow, with routes 398 & H17 transferred to Park Royal (RP) to make room. As of 7 September 2019, route H13 has moved to Uxbridge garage, which is owned by Metroline. In 2020, H9 and H10 was transferred from Parr Road to here and London Sovereign started operating routes 398 and H17. In December 2021, RATP Dev started operating their first electric buses on the garages for routes H9 and H10. They were later introduced into routes 183, 398 and X140.

Parr Road (CP)[edit]

As of March 2021, Parr Road garage operated routes 125, 288, 303, H11, 698 and X140[5]

History[edit]

Former Garages[edit]

North Wembley (NW)[edit]

North Wembley garage operated routes H9 and H10.

History[edit]

On 26 January 2019, part of the allocations of routes H9 and H10 were temporarily transferred from Harrow (SO) garage to this garage.

On 5 September 2020, North Wembley (NW) was announced closed. Routes H9 and H10 was transferred to Parr Road (CP) garage at the same time.

Fleet[edit]

As at May 2015, the fleet consisted of 152 buses.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ About Us Transdev London Sovereign
  2. ^ Transdev turnover grows by over 64% TransportXtra issue 317 10 August 2007
  3. ^ Transdev exits London with RATP Dev UK sale Archived 6 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine Routeone 2 April 2014
  4. ^ "Joint Venture Completion - RATP Dev Transit London Ltd". 13 December 2021. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Our services - RATP Dev London".
  6. ^ Carr, Ken (May 2015). The London Bus Guide (5 ed.). Boreham: Visions International Entertainment. p. 119. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0.
  7. ^ Carr, Ken (May 2015). The London Bus Guide (5 ed.). Boreham: Visions International Entertainment. p. 118. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0.

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