London Sovereign

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Parent RATP Group
Headquarters Fulwell
Service area North London
Service type Bus services
Routes 18 (August 2016)
Depots 2
Fleet 152 (May 2015)
Website www.londonsovereign.co.uk

London Sovereign is a bus company in North London. It is a subsidiary of RATP Group 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 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]

Garages[edit]

London Sovereign operate two bus garages.

Edgware (BT)[edit]

AEC Routemaster on route 13 in March 2005

As at August 2015, Edgware garage operated routes 13, [[London Buses route 183|183]], 251, 292, 326, 605, 618, 619 and N13.[4] On 24 October 2015, route 324 passed to Metroline.[5] On 3 September 2016, route 114 passed to Metroline.[6]

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-East 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.

Harrow (SO)[edit]

As at May 2015, Harrow garage operated routes 183, 398, H9, H10, H11, H13, H14 and H17.[7]

History[edit]

Harrow garage opened in 1994. It is RATP Group's smallest London garage holding just 42 buses. The low roof beam across the middle of the depot building was raised to allow double decker's. 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.[citation needed]

Fleet[edit]

As at May 2015, the fleet consisted of 152 buses.[8]

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 Routeone 2 April 2014
  4. ^ Carr, Ken (May 2015). The London Bus Guide (5 ed.). Boreham: Visions International Entertainment. p. 114. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0. 
  5. ^ Carr, Ken (May 2015). The London Bus Guide (5 ed.). Boreham: Visions International Entertainment. p. 122. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0. 
  6. ^ Bus Service Changes 5 August to 24 September inclusive Transport for London 27 August 2016
  7. ^ Carr, Ken (May 2015). The London Bus Guide (5 ed.). Boreham: Visions International Entertainment. p. 119. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0. 
  8. ^ 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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