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Metroline
Metroline logo
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Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL on route 134 on Camden High Street

Parent companyComfortDelGro
FoundedDecember 1988
HeadquartersCricklewood
Service areaGreater London
Service typeBus services
Routes112
FleetAlexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart
Alexander Dennis Enviro400
Dennis Dart SLF
Dennis Trident 2
MAN 12.240
New Bus for London
Optare Tempo
Scania N230UD
Scania OmniCity
Volvo B7TL
Volvo B9TL
Web sitewww.metroline.co.uk
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File:Metroline bus LT15 (LTZ 1015), route 24, 22 June 2013.jpg

Metroline is a bus company operating services in Greater London. It is a subsidiary of ComfortDelGro and operates services under contract to Transport for London. Metroline is the third largest London Buses operator after Go-Ahead London and Arriva London. Operations are split between two registered companies, Metroline Travel Limited and Metroline West Limited. Template:TOClimit

Company historyEdit

Metroline was established in December 1988[1] as one of 12 operating subsidiaries by London Buses in preparation for privatisation. In October 1994 Metroline was sold to MTL and in March 2000 to DelGro Corporation.[2] In August 2004 ComfortDelGro purchased Thorpe & Sons[3] and in November 2004 Armchair Passenger Transport Company[4] with seven routes and 86 buses. Initially both retained their existing names before being rebranded in January 2007.[2]

When privatised, Metroline adopted a livery of red with a dark blue skirt. This was briefly changed to light blue in the mid 2000s before the dark blue was reinstated. In June 2009, Metroline adopted an all red scheme to comply with Transport for London requirements.

On 22 June 2013, Metroline purchased FirstGroup's Alperton, Greenford, Hayes, Uxbridge and Willesden Junction depots with 494 buses.[5]

Metroline Travel LimitedEdit

Metroline Travel Limited[6] operates nine bus garages.

Brentford (AH) Edit

As of September 2016, Brentford garage operates London bus routes 117, 190, 209, 237, 609, E2 and E8

History Edit

On 3 September 2011, route 117 was passed to Abellio London.

On 12 January 2013, route 635 was passed to London United.

On 3 September 2016, route 117 returned to Brentford garage

Bus types in use Edit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m (DE) for routes 117, 209 and 609
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m / MCV Evolution (DM) for route 190
  • Volve B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 for routes 237, E2 and E8

Cricklewood (W) Edit

Cricklewood garage operates London bus routes 16, 32, 112, 143, 168, 189, 210, 232, 316, 324, 332, 632, 643, C11 and N16

History Edit

On 9 November 2002, route 205 was transferred from this garage to Perivale West (PA) garage.

On 1 February 2003, route 112 was transferred from this garage to Perivale West (PA) garage.

On 4 September 2004, route 268 was transferred from this garage to Perivale West (PA) garage.

On 30 May 2009, route 251 was transferred to this garage from North Wembley (NW) garage.

On 3 September 2011, route 251 was passed to Transdev London Sovereign.

On 1 October 2011, route C11 was transferred to this garage from Perivale West (PA) garage.

On 19 May 2012, route 266 passed to First London.

On 9 June 2012, routes 143, 232 and 326 were transferred to this garage from Perivale West (PA) and Perivale East (PV) garages.

On 29 June 2012, the Edgware (EW) allocation for route N16 was transferred to this garage.

On 2 August 2014, Metroline commenced operating route 112. 

On 25 July 2015, Transdev London Sovereign took over the operation of route 326.

On 26 September 2015, Metroline took over the operation of route 168.

On 24 October 2015, Metroline took over the operation of route 324.

On 1 April 2017, Transdev London Sovereign took over the operation of route 139.

Bus types in use Edit

  • New Routemaster 11.3m for routes 16, 168, 189
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.2m for route 32
  • Dennis Trident 9.9m / Alexander ALX400 for routes 32, 210
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.2m for route 210
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400H 10.1m & 10.2m for routes 32, 189, 210 and N16
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.8m for routes 112 and 143
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m for routes 232, 316, 324 and C2
  • Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 for route 143
  • Alexander Dennis E40H 10.2m / Enviro 400MMC for route 332

Edgware (EW)Edit

Edgware garage operates routes 107, 113, 186, 204, 240, 606, N5, N98 and N113

HistoryEdit

When Edgware garage was first opened by the London General Omnibus Company in 1925 it had space for 24 buses, but there was plenty of room adjacent to the then recently built underground station. In 1939 a new building was erected next to the original one, which was to become the new bus station, while the remaining open parking area was used to store vehicles for the trolleybus replacement programme. In 1984 a new 100-bus garage was built on old railway land at a cost of £4.5 million. However, in 1992 Edgware garage was earmarked for closure, 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. In 1999 London Sovereign, which had won some recent tenders in the North East London area, took on a 10-year lease on half of Edgware garage and invested in new maintenance facilities 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.

On 1 September 2012, route 605 passed to Transdev London Sovereign.[7]

Bus types in use:Edit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.1m (TE) for routes 107, 113, 186, 204, 240, 606, N5, N98 and N113
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400H 10.1m & 10.2m (TEH) for routes 113, 240 and N113

Harrow Weald (HD)Edit

Harrow Weald garage operates London bus routes 140, 182, H12, 640 and N18

HistoryEdit

Harrow Weald garage was opened in 1930 by the London General Omnibus Company to replace the much smaller South Harrow garage. The new garage had to be extended over the forecourt just two years later to provide additional space. In its earlier years the garage was used by experimental vehicles including the Daimler CH6s and the first diesel bus (ST). In 1987 Harrow Weald was the base for the new Harrow Buses operation set up by London Transport which had won tenders for a new local network. The garage survived the collapse of Harrow Buses and passed to Metroline, and in 1994 just short of 60 buses were based there. The garage also carries out engineering work on buses based at Edgware garage.

Bus types in useEdit

  • Volvo B5LH 10.5m / Wright Eclipse Gemini (VWH) Streetdeck for routes 140, 182, 640 and N18
  • Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Plaxton President (VP) for route H12

Holloway (HT)Edit

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Holloway garage operates London bus routes 4, 17, 24, 43, 91, 271, 390, 603, N20, N91 and W7

HistoryEdit

Originally opened as Holloway Tram Depot in 1907, it was the largest of the London County Council's sheds, with space for 336 trams. It was renamed Highgate in 1950 (by which time it was a trolleybus depot) to avoid confusion with Holloway (J) Bus Garage, and then back to Holloway in 1971 following the closure of the original Holloway garage. The garage then had an allocation of 210 buses, although that drifted downwards until 1993, when the closure of Chalk Farm and the transfer of five routes into the garage meant Holloway was once again full. Today the garage is almost at capacity levels, with around 200 buses allocated in addition to the outstation at Kings Cross.

In November 2002 Metroline commenced operating 24. On 9 February 2007 it passed to London General.[8] On 10 November 2012, Metroline recommenced operating route 24.[9]

In July 2010, route 390 daytime services were transferred from King's Cross garage.

On 28 April 2012, route C2 passed to Abellio London.[10]

Bus types in useEdit

  • Volvo B7TL 10.1m & 10.6m / Plaxton President for routes 4, 17 and 43
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.1m for routes N5 and N113
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.1m & 10.2m for routes 4, 17, 43, 271, N20 and N91
  • New Routemaster 11.3m for routes 24, 91 and 390
  • New Routemaster 10.6m & 11.3m for route 91
  • Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 for routes 43,134, 271, N5, N20, N91, N113 and W7

King's Cross (KC)Edit

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The King's Cross garage operates routes 46, 214 and 274

HistoryEdit

On 10 July 2010, this garage in Freight Lane opened to replace King's Cross (KX) garage in York Lane.

Bus types in useEdit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m for routes 46, 214 and 274
  • Dennis Dart SLF 10.2m / Alexander Dennis Pointer for routes 214

Perivale East (PV) Edit

Perivale East garage operates London bus routes 7, 79, 245 and N7

HistoryEdit

Bus types in useEdit

  • Volvo B5LH 10.5m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 for routes 7 and N7
  • Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 for routes 79 and 245

Perivale West (PA)Edit

Perivale West garage operates London bus routes 90, 105, 297, 365 and 611

HistoryEdit

On 2 July 2011, Metroline commenced operating route 105

On 26 November 2011, route 90 was transferred to this garage.

On 23 June 2012, routes 7, 79, 611 and N7 were transferred to this garage.

Bus types in useEdit

  • Scania N230UD 10.8m / East Lancs Olympus for routes 90 and 297
  • Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 for routes 90, 105 and 297
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m for route 395

Potters Bar (PB)Edit

Potters Bar garage operates London bus routes 34, 134,234, 263, 307, 384, 634, N20, N91, W8 and W9

HistoryEdit

Opened in 1930 at a cost of over £48,000 by the London General Omnibus Comapny subsidiary 'Overground', it was nearly closed in the 1960s as it was too far north to be useful to the red bus network. It survived but soon faced closure again in the 1980s during deregulation. This time it was saved after crews accepted a revised pay agreement and the depot tendered for and won Hertfordshire County Council routes. During the Second World War and in the run-up to the Festival of Britain, the garage was used as a storage facility for buses. In 1952 the garage allocation consisted entirely of AEC Regent III RTs, with some 68 as a daily requirement. In 1973 the experimental FRM1 was allocated to the garage for single bus route 284 and lasted there until 1976. The garage has seen a mix of buses over the years, ranging from Ford minibuses and A class Dodges to Volvo Ailsas and the route-branded X43 Scanias transferred when Finchley garage closed.

On 31 August 2013, Metroline commenced operating route 634.[11]

On 31 August 2013, route 626 passed to Sullivan Buses.[12]

Bus types in useEdit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.1m & 10.2m for routes 34, 82, 217, 263, 307, W8, N20 and N91
  • Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 for routes N20 and N91
  • Volvo B5LH 10.5m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 for routes 34, 82 ,125 and 307
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 9.6m for routes 234 and W9
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 8.9m for route 384 and W9

Willesden (AC)Edit

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Willesden garage operates London bus routes 6, 52, 98, 260, 302, 460 and N98

HistoryEdit

Opened in 1902, Willesden was used for major chassis overhauls before Chiswick Works opened in 1921. During World War II it was also used to provide major body overhauls. Prior to the war its allocation consisted mainly of STs and STLs whilst RTs and RTWs were the main allocation afterwards. Prototype AEC Routemaster RML3 was allocated to the garage in 1958, and then ran the first production Routemasters on route 8 in 1959. These moved on for trolleybus replacement later that year but Routemasters reappeared in 1965 to replace the RTWs. Improvements to the garage were made in 1975 to enlarge its capacity from 90 to 120 in order for the Stonebridge allocation to be moved in, although the talk of providing staff housing on the site never materialised and Stonebridge work did not move to Willesden, but to Westbourne Park. In 1994 Metroline became the first ex London Buses company to expand when it bought Atlas Bus & Coach, regaining route 52 which it had earlier lost under tendering although it continued to be operated from Harlesden until 1995.

On 11 December 2010, route 460 was transferred to this garage.

Bus types in useEdit

  • Volvo B5LH 10.5m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 for routes 6 and 98
  • Volvo B5LH / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 for route N98
  • Volvo B5LH 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 for routes 52
  • Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 for routes 52
  • BYD K8SR Electric 10.2m for routes 98 and N98
  • Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Plaxton President for routes 98, 260, 302 and 460

Metroline West LimitedEdit

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Metroline West Limited[13] operates five bus garages purchased from First London in June 2013.

Alperton (ON)Edit

Alperton garage operates London bus routes 83, 223, 224, 483, 487 and N83 

HistoryEdit

One of three garages built by the London Passenger Transport Board, and the only one to survive, Alperton Garage opened in June 1939, adjacent to the Piccadilly line tube station of the same name.

When it opened it had an allocation entirely of STLs which were reshuffled from Cricklewood, Hanwell, Harrow Weald and Willesden garages. As Alperton was a new garage and had plenty of headroom it was one of the few garages able to take utility Guy Arabs, and at one stage these made up its complete allocation and lasted until 1954 when they were replaced by STLs.

By 1972 with the arrival of numerous AEC Merlin and AEC Swift class single deck buses to operate the numerous one man operated services, and the further allocation of Daimler Fleetlines, parking space was becoming a problem. It therefore became necessary to park a dozen or so buses on nearby Glacier Metals' car park overnight. The garage was consequently enlarged between 1976–78, which encompassed the adjacent former Underground substation, and the LT Lifts and Escalators department which had to move out to new premises. During the reconstruction works, 18 vehicles were outstationed at Stonebridge (SE).

The last AEC Regent III RT buses were transferred out in 1975, and until the beginning of the 1980s, Alperton had an entirely AEC Routemaster and Daimler Fleetline allocation. The first MCW Metrobuses arrived in 1981, and gradually replaced the Daimler Fleetlines on all the one man operated routes, and would become the mainstay of the fleet for many years.

Following the September 1982 service reductions, all the remaining Routemasters were transferred to other garages, route 83 and 187 being one manned at the same time. Replacement Metrobuses were allocated to make up the allocation (mainly used vehicles from Edgware (EW), Hanwell (HL), and Fulwell (FW), making the garage all Metrobus.

By 1995, Alperton was doing most of the maintenance for the Centrewest operation and had also become the home of the training fleet.

From 10 September 2016, route 483 commenced operation from Alperton garage and route N83 commenced operating.

Bus types in useEdit

  • Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 for routes 83, 483 and N83
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 9.6m for route 223
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m for routes 224 and 487

Greenford (G)Edit

As of September 2016, Greenford garage operates London bus routes 92, 95, 195, 282, 482 and E6

HistoryEdit

Greenford bus depot is part of a local council depot and was first used in 1993 as a midibus base. The opening of Greenford garage led to the closure of Hanwell, and in 1995 the garage was operating 110 midibuses. The standard fare of vehicles in the late 1990s were Wright bodied Renault midibuses, and Marshall minibuses but both types had a bad reputation and did not last long.

From late 2003 until 14 March 2009 Ealing Community Transport operated London Buses route 195 from the Greenford depot using garage code EY.

On 31 May 2014 routes E1, E3 and E10 passed to Abellio London, London United and Tellings-Golden Miller respectively.[14]

On 28 May 2016 routes E5, E7 and E9 transferred to Abellio London

Bus types in useEdit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.1m & 10.2m for routes 92, 282 and 482
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m for routes 95, 195 and E6

Hayes (HZ)Edit

Hayes garage operates London bus routes 207, 427, U4, U5 and N207

HistoryEdit

Bus types in useEdit

  • Scania OmniCity 10.8m for routes 207, 427 and N207
  • Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 for routes 427
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.1m for routes U4 and U5
  • Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Plaxton President for route U4
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m for route U5

Uxbridge (UX)Edit

Uxbridge garage operates London bus routes 114, 331, 607, A10, U1, U2, U3 and U10

HistoryEdit

The original Uxbridge garage was around half a mile out of town on the Oxford Road and was built by the London General Omnibus Company in 1921, but passed to Thames Valley a year later before reverting in 1929 to work its new local routes which were operated mainly by single deckers. An extension was added in the late 1940s and a new garage was planned, although work didn't begin until the 1980s.

The new garage opened in late 1983 next to the underground station occupying the lower ground floor of a multi use building. In 1989 the garage began operating the U-Line network of local routes using 16 seater Alexander bodied Mercedes-Benz midibuses (MAs) in an initiative by London Transport. The growth of use of the U-Line services over the years since 1989 has meant that larger buses have been put into service on these routes. The garage also operated the busy 207. In 1994, the garage was allocated some of London's first low-floor single deckers, Wright bodied Dennis Lance SLFs with Centrewest branding for the then operated route 222.

Bus types in useEdit

  • Volvo B5LH 10.5m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 for routes 114
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.8m for routes 331 and U10
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.1m for routes 607, A10, U1 and U3
  • Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Wright Eclipse Gemini for route 607, A10, U1 and U3
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m for routes A10, U1, U2 and U3
  • Alexander Dennis E20D 10.2m / Enviro 200 MMC for routes A10, U2 and U3
  • Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Plaxton President for routes 607, A10, U1 and U3

Willesden Junction (WJ)Edit

Willesden Junction garage operates London bus routes 18, 187, 206, 226, 228, 295 and N18

HistoryEdit

Bus types in useEdit

  • Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 for routes 18 and N18
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m for routes 187, 226 and 228
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m & 10.8m for routes 206
  • Volvo B5LH 10.5m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 for routes 295 and N18

Former GaragesEdit

North Wembley (NW)Edit

HistoryEdit

North Wembley was opened as a midibus base in 1994, and in latter years buses have been gradually been getting longer, although still single deck. North Wembley had no maintenance facilities, and therefore all maintenance was carried out by Harrow Weald.

On 30 May 2009, North Wembley was announced closed

ReferencesEdit

  1. Companies House extract company no 2328608 Metroline London Northern
  2. 2.0 2.1 History Metroline
  3. Companies House extract company no 2544617 FE Thorpe & Sons
  4. Companies House extract company no 675672 Armchair Passenger Transport Company Limited
  5. FirstGroup Announces Sale of Eight London Bus Depots FirstGroup 10 April 2013
  6. Companies House extract company no 2328401 Metroline Travel Limited
  7. Bus tender results Route 605 Transport for London 12 October 2011
  8. Bus tender results Route 24/N24 Transport for London 9 February 2007
  9. Bus tender results Route 24 Transport for London 26 April 2012
  10. Bus tender results Route C2 Transport for London 18 August 2011
  11. London Omnibus Traction Society. Lots.org.uk.
  12. Bus tender results Route 626 Transport for London 20 December 2012
  13. Companies House extract company no 8401654 Metroline West Limited
  14. London Omnibus Traction Society. Lots.org.uk.

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