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London General Volvo B7TL 10m/Wright Eclipse Gemini.

SloganThe Best Seats in Town
Parent companyGo-Ahead Group
Founded1988
Service areaGreater London
Service typeBus
Routes63
OperatorGo-Ahead London

London General is a bus company operating services in Greater London. It is a subsidiary of the Go-Ahead Group and operates most buses under contract to Transport for London.


HistoryEdit

The modern-day London General was established in late 1988 as one of 12 operating subsidiaries of London Buses Limited, its original logo being an omnibus in reflection of the name's history. With the privatisation of LBL in 1994, the company was originally subject to a management buy-out, before being acquired by the Go-Ahead Group in May 1996.

The company has recently moved its offices to an address in Merton, adjacent to the Merton bus garage. Prior to this they were in Mitcham.

In August 2008, Go-Ahead's London bus operations took up the new trading name of Go-Ahead London.

On 29 July 2009, Transport for London announced that East Thames Buses would be sold to London General, part of Go-Ahead London. The sale of East Thames Buses was for around £5m, which includes all assets. Although it is normal practice in London to tender for additional routes, London General will also begin a new five year contract for all East Thames Buses routes without the tendering process. The sale was completed on 3 October 2009. They operate a contract with Coulsdon College in south London to provide a school-bus service between West Croydon and the college.

GaragesEdit

The company has nine bus garages in Merton, Putney, Stockwell, Sutton, Waterloo, Waterside Way, Mandela Way, Croydon, Orpingdon and Belvedere (BV).

Belvedere (BV) Edit

Belvedere garage operates London bus routes 180, 244, Night route N1 and school route 669

History Edit

On 22 January 2011, route 244 was transferred to this garage from London Central's Bexleyheath (BX) garage.

Bus types in use Edit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m (SE) for route 244
  • Volvo B7TL 10.6m / Wright Eclipse Gemini (VWL) for routes 180, 669 and N1
  • Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 (WVL) to be introduced on route 180 from 1 October 2016

Croydon (C) Edit

Croydon garage operates London bus routes 127, 130202293355, 359, 405434 and 24-hour route 119.

History Edit

On 19 March 2016, route 367 passed to Abellio London.

On 27 August 2016, route 64 passed to Arriva London.

On 27 August 2016, route 355 was transferred to this garage from London Central's Camberwell (Q) garage.

Bus types in useEdit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 8.9m for route 434
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.2m (E) for route 127
  • Dennis Dart SLF 10.2m & 10.8m / Plaxton Pointer 2 (LDP) for routes 130 and 355
  • MAN 14.240 10.8m / Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart as logistical spares
  • MAN 14.240 10.8m / MCV Evolution for routes 130 and 359
  • Scania OmniCity double-deck 10.8m for route 293
  • Scania OmniCity single-deck 12.0m for route 293
  • Scania OmniDekka 10.6m for route 405
  • Volvo B5LH 10.5m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 (WHV) for routes 119, 202 and 405
  • Volvo B5TL 10.5m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 (WVL) for routes 119, 202 and 405
  • Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Wright Eclipse Gemini (WVL) for route 127
  • Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 (WVL) for route 127

Mandela Way (MW) Edit

Mandela Way, Bermondsey's garage operates London bus routes 1, 100, 507521, 24-hour route 453 and Night route N1.

History Edit

On 13 October 2012, route 42 was transferred to this garage from sister Go-Ahead London company London Central's Camberwell (Q) Garage.

On 1 September 2014, routes 624 and 658 were transferred from this garage to London Central's Camberwell (Q) Garage .

On 13 September 2014, route 42 was transferred from this garage to London Central's Camberwell (Q) Garage. 

On 20 September 2014, London General commenced operating route 100. 

Bus types in use Edit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 9.3m & 9.6m (SE) for route 100
  • BYD K9E 12.0m / Enviro 200 Electric (SEe) for routes 507 and 521
  • Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro 12.0m (MEC) for routes 507 and 521
  • New Routemaster 11.3m (LT) for route 453
  • Volvo B5LH 10.5m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 (WHV) to be introduced on routes 1 and N1 from 1 October 2016
  • Volvo B7TL 10.6m / Wright Eclipse Gemini (VWL) for routes 1 and N1
  • Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 (WVL) for routes 1 and N1

Merton (AL) Edit

Merton garage operates London bus routes 22 (Sundays only), 44118155, 163164 (Monday to Saturday), 93 (AM peak), 200219270280, 485, 24-hour route 57, Night route N155 and school route 655.

History Edit

On 31 March 2012, London General commenced operating route 249. On 1 June 2013, this was transferred from this garage to Stockwell (SW) garage.

On 4 October 2014, route 201 passed to Abellio London.

On 2 May 2015, route 485 was transferred to this garage from Waterside Way (PL) garage.

On 2 July 2016, London General commenced operating route 57. 

On 2 July 2016, route 77 was transferred from this garage to Stockwell (SW) garage.

Bus types in use Edit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m (SE) for route 200
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.8m (SE) for route 164
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m / Optare Esteem (SOE) for route 163
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.1m (E) for routes 44, 57, 118, 270 and 280
  • Dennis Dart SLF 8.8m / Plaxton Pointer 2 (LDP) as a logistical spare
  • Dennis Dart SLF 10.2m / Alexander Dennis Pointer (LDP) for route 485
  • VDL DB300 10.4m / Wright Gemini 2 (WDL) as a logistical spare
  • Volvo B5LH 10.6m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 (WHV) for routes 93, 155 and N155 
  • Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Plaxton President (PVL) for routes 163, 200, 270, 280 and 655
  • Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Wright Eclipse Gemini (WVL) for routes 22, 44, 163, 270, 280 and 655
  • Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 (WVL) for route 57
  • Wright StreetLite 10.8m (WS) for route 219

Northumberland Park (NP) Edit

Northumberland Park garage garage operates London bus routes 19, 20, 191, 192, 231, 257, 259, 299, 327, 357, 389, 399, 476, 491, W4, W10, W16, school routes 616, 657, 675 and commercial route 575.

History Edit

In March 2012, FirstGroup sold Northumberland Park garage, together with its route contracts, vehicles and staff to the Go-Ahead Group with it becoming part of London General.

On 13 October 2012, London General commenced operating route 257.

On 19 November 2012, commercial route 575 was transferred to this garage from Blue Triangle's Rainham (BE) garage.

On 27 April 2013, route 67 passed to Arriva London.

On 1 June 2013, London General commenced operating route 491.

On 8 June 2013, London General commenced operating route 327.

On 22 June 2013, route 20 was transferred to this garage from Blue Triangle's Rainham (BE) garage.

On 8 November 2014, London General commenced operating route 192.

On 7 March 2015, London General commenced operating route 657.

On 21 November 2015, routes 692 and 699 was passed to Sullivan Buses.

On 28 March 2015, part of route 19's allocation was transferred to this garage.

Bus types in use Edit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 8.9m (SEN) for routes W4 and W10
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 9.3m & 9.6m (SEN) for routes 299, 357, 389, 399 and W16
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.1m & 10.2m (E/EN) for routes 191 and 231
  • Dennis Dart SLF 8.8m / Marshall Capital (DMN) for routes W4 and W10
  • Dennis Dart SLF 8.8m / Plaxton Pointer 2 (LDP) as a logistical spare and route W10
  • Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Plaxton President (PVL) for route 575
  • Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Wright Eclipse Gemini (WVL) for route 257, 616,675,191 and 231
  • Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 (WVL/WVN) for routes 19, 20, 191, 259, 357, 476 and 657
  • Wright StreetLite 8.8m (WS) for routes 192 and W10
  • Wright StreetLite 10.4m (WS) for routes 327 and 491

Orpington (MB) Edit

The Green Street Green garage operates London bus routes 126138161162181233246, 284320,  352, 353358464R1R2R3R4R6R8R9R11 and school route 654.

History Edit

On 19 September 2015, London General commenced operating route 246.

On 23 January 2016, route B14 was transferred from this garage to London Central's Bexleyheath (BX) garage.

On 20 August 2016, routes 146 and 336 passed to Stagecoach London.

Bus types in useEdit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 8.9m (SE/SEN) for routes 138, 162, 233, 352, R1, R4 and R11
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m for route R9
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.8m for routes 126 and 284
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.2m (E) for route 161
  • Dennis Dart SLF 8.8m / Plaxton Pointer 2 for routes 464, R3, R4 and R6
  • Dennis Dart SLF 10.2m / Plaxton Pointer 2 (LDP) as a logistical spares
  • MAN 12.240 10.2m / East Lancs Esteem for route R2
  • MAN 14.240 10.8m / MCV Evolution for route 246
  • Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro 12.0m (MEC) for route 358
  • Optare Solo SE 7.1m for route R8
  • Scania N230UD 10.8m / East Lancs Olympus for routes 353 and 654
  • Scania OmniCity double-deck 10.8m for route 320
  • Scania OmniTown 10.5m / East Lancs Esteem for route 181
  • Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Wright Eclipse Gemini (WVL) for routes 161, 320 and 353

Putney (AF) Edit

Putney garage operates London bus routes 2274, 337, 424430, 24-hour route 14, Night routes N22N74 and school route 670 (PM journey).

History Edit

On 29 April 2006, London General commenced operating route 485. This route and route 39 were transferred from this garage to Plough Lane (PL) garage.

On 2 July 2016, route 85 passed to London United.

On 2 July 2016, route 337 was transferred to this garage from Stockwell (SW) garage.

Bus types in use Edit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.1m (E) for route 337
  • Dennis Dart SLF 8.8m / Plaxton Pointer 2 (LDP) for route 424
  • Volvo B5LH 10.4m / Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 MMC (EHV) to be introduced on route 14 from 21 November 2016
  • Volvo B5LH 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 (WHV) for route 74
  • Volvo B5LH 10.5m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 (WHV) to be introduced on routes 74 and 430 from 19 November 2016
  • Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Wright Eclipse Gemini (WVL) for routes 14, 22, 430, 670, N22 and N74
  • Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 (WVL) for routes 74 and 337

Sutton (A) Edit

Sutton garage operates London bus routes 80151, 154164 (Sundays only), 413, 24-hour routes 93 and 213, and Night route N155

History Edit

Quality Line will take over the operation of route 413 from 3 December 2016.

Bus types in use Edit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m (SE) for routes 164 and 413
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.8m (SE) for route 80 
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m / Optare Esteem (SOE) for route 80
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.1m (E) for route 213
  • Dennis Trident 9.9m / Optare Olympus (DOE) for routes 93, 151, 154, 213 and N155
  • Volvo B5LH 10.5m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 (WHV) routes 93 and N155
  • Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Plaxton President (PVL) for route 213 and contract hire
  • Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 (VE) for route 213
  • Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 (WVL) as a logistical spare
  • Volvo Olympian / Northern Counties Palatine II (NV) for special hire and events

Stockwell (SW) Edit

Stockwell garage operates London bus routes 111977, 87170196249315322, 333, 432, 24-hour route 88, Night routes N11, N19N44N87, school routes 639 and 670 (AM journey).

History Edit

On 6 May 2006 London General commenced operating route 196.

On 9 February 2007, London General commenced operating route 24. On 10 November 2012, this passed to Metroline.

On 1 May 2010, route 322 passed to Abellio London.

On 28 May 2011, London General commenced operating route 337.

On 31 March 2012, London General commenced operating routes 19 and N19.

On 1 June 2013, route 249 was transferred to this garage from Merton (AL) garage.

On 21 September 2013, route 11 was converted to New Routemaster operation.

On 4 April 2015, London General took over the operation of route 432.

On 2 May 2015, London General commenced operating route 322.

On 2 July 2016, route 77 was transferred to this garage from Merton (AL) Garage.

On 2 July 2016, route 337 were transferred from this garage to Putney (AF) Garage.

Arriva London will takeover the operation of route 333 from 21 January 2017.

Bus types in useEdit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 8.9m (SE/SEN) for routes 315 and 322
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.8m (SE) for route 170
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.1m & 10.2m (E) for routes 77 and 196
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400H 10.1m & 10.2m (EH) for routes 87, 196, 333, N44 and N87 
  • Dennis Dart SLF 8.8m / Plaxton Pointer 2 (LDP) for route 315
  • Dennis Dart SLF 10.8m / Plaxton Pointer 2 (DP) for route 170
  • New Routemaster 11.3m (LT) for routes 11, 88 and N11 
  • Volvo B5LH 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 (WHV) for routes 19 and N19
  • Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Plaxton President (PVL) for routes 77 and 249
  • Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Wright Eclipse Gemini (WVL) for routes 87, 333, 639, 670, N44 and N87
  • Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 (WVL) for routes 19, 249, 432 and N19

Waterloo (RA) Edit

Waterloo garage operates London Red Arrow bus routes 507 and 521.

Bus types in use Edit

  • BYD K9E 12.0m / Enviro 200 Electric (SEe) for routes 507 and 521
  • Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro 12.0m (MEC) for routes 507 and 521

Waterside Way (PL) Edit

Waterside Way, Wimbledon garage operates London bus routes 39493 and G1. This depot also acts as a storage for the training bus fleet.

History Edit

On 13 January 2007, routes 39 and 485 were transferred to this garage from Putney (AF) garage.

On 1 May 2010, London General commenced operating route G1.

On 31 March 2012, London General commenced operating route 493.

On 2 May 2015, route 485 was transferred to Merton (AL) from this garage.

Bus types in use Edit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 8.9m (SE) for route G1
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m (SE) for route 493
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.8m (SEN) to be introduced on route 39 from 19 November 2016
  • Dennis Dart SLF 10.2m / Plaxton Pointer 2 (LDP) for route 39
  • Wright StreetLite (WS) to be introduced on route 39 from 19 November 2016

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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