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London area operators and their garages

Contacts

Most bus routes in London are operated by various companies under management contracts to London Buses, part of Transport for London. Complaints, commendations, comments and suggestions relating to these should therefore be directed to TfL.
London Buses Customer Services, 4th Floor, Zone G7, Palestra, 197 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NJ
phone: 0343 222 1234
email: customerservices@tfl-buses.co.uk

For commercial or county council tendered routes, or for issues such as bus driver recruitment, contact the relevant company. For lost property, contact the company within 4 days of loss, or TfL's lost property office thereafter. The following routes are outside the London Buses network, and in these cases you should contact the operator directly: 32 (Compass Bus
Stagecoach (Sun)), 242 (Metroline / Uno), 306 (Sullivan Buses), 398 (Sullivan Buses), 581 (Carousel Buses), 583 (Carousel Buses), Please check on the routes page if you don’t know the name of the operator of your route – the operators are named on the right.

If you do not receive a satisfactory response or resolution to your comments, you should contact London Travewatch. Please note LTW do NOT deal with lost property enquiries.

Garage code index

These are the codes used in this site to identify bus garages, or official codes.
A AC AD AE AF AH AL AR AV AW BC BK BN BN BT BT BW BX C CP CT CY DH DS DT DX E EC EW FC FW G GW GY HC HD HF HK HO HT HZ JE KB KC LI MB MG MY N NP NS NX PB PD PL PM PT PV Q QB RA RM RP RR S SF SG SH SI SM SN SO SP SW T TB TC TF TH TK TL TP TV UB UE UX UX V W WH WJ WK WL WN X

Operator & Garage list

The table below is arranged by operator, listed alphabetically according to fleet/trading name in bold. The addresses for the company headquarters are written in red underneath, alongside the legal company names.

The left hand column gives the reference code for the garage. These are usually offical codes used by the operators, but those written in parentheses are unofficial codes. The second column gives the name of the garage/operating centre, the third the address. Some of these operators have other garages that do not operate any London routes. You must remember that bus garages are private property, and if you wish to visit a depot you must obtain permission before entering the site.

The fourth column is the list of London area routes, but in some cases the garages operate other bus routes, or other kinds of work such as coaching, which are not listed. Beware that just because a garage is shown as operating on a particular route does not mean it is the only, or the main, garage to do so. The fifth column is the garage PVR, or the maximum number of buses on the road on these routes at any one time. Of course, all garages have spare vehicles allocated in addition, and in some cases driver trainers etc. Please note that these figures include only the "main network" of TfL contracted or LLSA routes – some garages also operate non-TfL or non-London services, coaches, rail replacements etc. These figures are also subtotalled by company and by group.

The last column gives the official LBSL garage code (see foot of page for more information on garage codes).

The data in this table is available as a CSV file, suitable for importing into spreadsheet programs such as MS Excel.

Abellio669 (8.93%)
Abellio London Ltd.301 Camberwell New Road, London, SE5 0TF397 (5.30%)
QBBatterseaSilverthorne Road, Battersea, London, SW8 3HE3 24 27 156 159 322 344 345 415
Night routes: 24 N27 159 344 345
153QB
BCBeddingtonUnit 10, Beddington Cross, Beddington Farm Road, Croydon, CR0 4XH109 130 201 270 315 367 407 433 464 S4
Night routes: N109
108BC
WLWalworth301 Camberwell New Road, London, SE5 0TF45 63 68 196 381 C10 P5 P13
Night routes: N3 N63 N68 N381
136WL
Abellio West London Ltd.301 Camberwell New Road, London, SE5 0TF272 (3.63%)
TFFulwell (Twickenham)The Old Tram Depot, Stanley Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW2 5NP111 267 285 490 H20 H25 H26 H28 R68 R70
Night routes: 111 285
School/mobility routes: 969
126TF
DHHayesDawley Road, Hayes350 482 U7 U9 21DH
GWSouthallGreat Western Industrial Park, Armstrong Way, Southall, London195 207 278 427 E5 E7 E10 E11 U5
Night routes: N207
125GW
Arriva1306 (17.43%)
Arriva London North Ltd.16 Watsons Road, Wood Green, London, N22 7TZ845 (11.28%)
AEAsh GroveMare Street, South Hackney, London, E8 4RH78 254 39AE
DXBarking638 Ripple Road, Barking, IG11 0ST150 175 325 368 51DX
CTClapton15 Bohemia Place, Mare Street, London, E8 1DU38 73 242 253
Night routes: N38 N73 N242 N253
98CT
DTDartfordCentral Road, Dartford, Kent, DA199 229 269 301 335 401 428 492 B13 B15 99DT
ECEdmontonUnit 1E, Towpath Road, Stonehill Business Park, London E434 158 259
Night routes: 158 N279
53EC
EEnfieldSouthbury Road, Ponders End, Middlesex, EN3 4HX121 191 192 279 313 349 377 W6
School/mobility routes: 313
117E
GYGraysUnit 7, Europa Park, London Road, Grays, Essex, RM20 4DB66 103 347 370 375 42GY
ADPalmers GreenRegents Avenue, Palmers Green, London, N13 5UR34 102 141 329 340
Night routes: 34 102
School/mobility routes: 675
87AD
SFStamford HillRookwood Road, London N16 6SSLondon routes: none at present.0SF
ARTottenhamPhilip Lane, Tottenham, London, N15 4JB19 41 123 149 243 318 341
Night routes: N19 N41 123 149 243 341
152AR
WNWood GreenJolly Butchers Hill, High Road, Wood Green, London, N22 7TZ29 144 221 W3 W4
Night routes: N29 W3
107WN
Arriva London South Ltd.Bus Garage, Brighton Road, Croydon, CR2 6EL461 (6.15%)
BNBrixton39 Streatham Hill, London, SW2 4TB50 59 133 137 319 333
Night routes: N133 319
108BN
Brixton Hill239 Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1NRLondon routes: none at present. BN
TCCroydonBrighton Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR2 6EL60 166 194 264 312 405 412 466
Night routes: 264
School/mobility routes: 60 466 612 627 645 685
105TC
NNorwoodErnest Avenue, West Norwood, London, SE27 0HN2 137 157 202 249 417 432 450 468
Night routes: N2 N137
151N
THThornton Heath719 London Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 6AU64 157 198 250 255 289 410
Night routes: 64 N250
School/mobility routes: 689
97TH
HCT Group138 (1.84%)
HCT Group Operations CIC2 Hertford Road, Dalston, London, N1 5SH138 (1.84%)
HKAsh GroveMare Street, South Hackney, London, E826 309 388 394 D6 W5 W13
Night routes: N26 N550 N551
School/mobility routes: W13
79HK
AWWalthamstow AvenueWalthamstow Avenue, London, E4 8SP20 385 397 W11 W12 W16 W19
School/mobility routes: 616
59AW
Ensignbus0 (0.00%)
Ensign Bus Co LtdJuliette Close, Purfleet Industrial Park, Aveley, South Ockendon, RM15 4YF0 (0.00%)
(PT)PurfleetJuliette Close, Purfleet Industrial Park, Aveley, South Ockendon, RM15 4YFLondon routes: none at present.0 
Falcon Coaches0 (0.00%)
Falcon CoachesLittleton Lane, Shepperton, TW17 0NF0 (0.00%)
FCByfleet20a Wintersells Road, Byfleet, Surrey, KT14 7LFLondon routes: none at present.0 
First0 (0.00%)
First Beeline SloughBrunel Bus Station, Wellington Street, Slough, SL1 1XN0 (0.00%)
SHSloughStanley Cottages, Stoke Road, SloughLondon routes: none at present.0SH
Tram Operations Limited22 Coomber Way, Beddington, Croydon, CR0 4TQ30 (0.40%)
(TK)Therapia Lane22 Coomber Way, Beddington, Croydon, CR0 4TQ1 2 3 4 30TK
Go-Ahead1876 (25.03%)
London General Transport Services Ltd
t/a Blue Triangle
18 Merton High Street, London, SW19 1DN227 (3.03%)
DSHenley RoadHenley Road, North Woolwich, London, E165 15 69 115
Night routes: N15 69
School/mobility routes: 649 650 651
59DS
RRRiver Road51 River Road, London, IG11 0SW5 101 104 147 346 364 396 EL1 EL2 EL3
Night routes: N15 EL1
School/mobility routes: 608 646 652 656 677 679 686 687
168RR
London General Transport Services Ltd
t/a Docklands Buses
18 Merton High Street, London, SW19 1DN61 (0.81%)
SISilvertownFactory Road, Silvertown, London, E16135 276 300 376 D7 61SI
London General Transport Services Ltd
t/a London Central
18 Merton High Street, London, SW19 1DN600 (8.01%)
BXBexleyheathErith Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7 6BX51 89 132 244 486 B11 B12 B16
Night routes: 132 321 486
School/mobility routes: 624 625 658
103BX
QCamberwell1 Warner Road, Camberwell, London, SE5 9LU12 35 40 42 100 176 185 188 360 484 X68
Night routes: 12 35 176 188
179Q
MGMorden Wharf (Greenwich)Morden Wharf Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 0NU1 108 129 178 225 286 291 386 469
Night routes: N1 108
94MG
NXNew Cross208 New Cross Road, London, SE1421 36 108 171 172 321 343 436 453
Night routes: N21 36 N89 N136 N171 N343 453
177NX
PMPeckhamBlackpool Road, Peckham, London, SE15 3SE37 363 P12
Night routes: N1 37
47PM
London General Transport Services Ltd18 Merton High Street, London, SW19 1DN723 (9.65%)
ALMertonHigh Street, London, SW19 1DN44 57 131 152 163 164 200 219 280 413
Night routes: 57
School/mobility routes: 163
149AL
NPNorthumberland ParkMarsh Lane, Tottenham, London, N17 0XB67 76 106 184 212 214 230 232 357 379 444 456 476 W15
Night routes: 76 214
School/mobility routes: 184 657
185NP
AFPutney10 Chelverton Road, London, SW15 1RN14 22 74 209 337 378 424 430
Night routes: 14 N22 N74
95AF
SWStockwellBinfield Road, London, SW4 6ST11 77 87 88 93 118 155 170 G1
Night routes: N11 N44 N87 88 N155
137SW
ASuttonBushey Road, Sutton, SM1 1QJ80 93 151 154 213
Night routes: 93 154 213
86A
PLWaterside WayWaterside Way, London, SW17 0HB39 485 493
School/mobility routes: 690
36PL
RAWaterlooCornwall Road, London, SE1 8TE153 507 521 35RA
London General Transport Services Ltd
t/a Metrobus
18 Merton High Street, London, SW19 1DN265 (3.54%)
CCroydon134 Beddington Lane, Beddington, CR9 4ND119 127 197 355 359 403 434 455 463 S1 X26
Night routes: 119
School/mobility routes: 633 663
115C
MBOrpingtonOak Farm, Farnborough Hill, Green Street Green, Orpington, Kent, BR6 6DA126 138 162 208 227 233 320 352 353 354 358 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11
School/mobility routes: 654 684
150MB
Metrobus LtdWheatstone Close, Manor Royal, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 9UA0 (0.00%)
CYCrawleyWheatstone Close, Manor Royal, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 9UALondon routes: none at present.0MY
Diamond Bus South-East0 (0.00%)
Hallmark Connections Ltd (Rotala)Coach Travel Centre, Bedfont Road, Stanwell, Middx, TW19 7LZ0 (0.00%)
HCHounslowGreen LaneLondon routes: none at present.0 
Metroline1247 (16.64%)
Metroline Travel Ltd.329 Edgware Road, Dollis Hill, London, NW2 6JP981 (13.09%)
AHBrentfordCommerce Road, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8LZ90 190 237 306 533 E2 E8 94AH
WCricklewood329 Edgware Road, Dollis Hill, London, NW2 6JP16 112 139 143 189 210 268 316 324 328 332 C11 H2 H3
Night routes: N16 139 189
School/mobility routes: 143 631 632 643
186W
EWEdgwareApproach Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7AN32 107 113 204 240
Night routes: N113
74EW
HDHarrow Weald467 High Road, Harrow Weald, Middlesex, HA3 6EJ140 182 186 292
Night routes: N98 N140
68HD
HTHolloway37A Pemberton Gardens, London, N19 5RR4 17 43 46 91 168 271 390 393 W7
Night routes: N20 43 N91 271 390 W7
School/mobility routes: 143
179HT
KCKing's CrossFreight Lane, London N130 274 32KC
SGLampton27A Spring Grove Rd, Hounslow TW3 4BE81 120 33SG
PVPerivale [East]Alperton Lane, Western Avenue, Greenford, Middlesex, UB6 8DW7 83 245 297 483
Night routes: N7 N31 N83 297
86PV
PBPotters BarHigh Street, Potters Bar, Herts, EN6 5BELondon network routes: 134 231 234 263 307 317 382 384 491 W8
Night routes: 134 307
School/mobility routes: 634
Other routes: 242
123PB
ACWillesden287 High Road, Willesden, London, NW10 2JY6 52 98 260 302 460
Night routes: 6 52 N98
106AC
Metroline West Ltd.329 Edgware Road, Dollis Hill, London, NW2 6JP266 (3.55%)
GGreenfordCouncil Depot, Greenford Road, Greenford92 95 282 607 E6 E9 87G
HZHayesSwallowfield Way, HayesLondon routes: none at present.0HZ
UXUxbridgeBakers Road, Uxbridge114 222 331 A10 H13 U1 U2 U3 U4 U10
Night routes: 114 222
80UX
(UE)Uxbridge Industrial Estate51 Wallingford Road, Cowley, UB8 2RW222 14UX
WJWillesden JunctionStation Road, Harlesden, NW1031 187 206 226 295 487
Night routes: 295
85WJ
RATP Dev1036 (13.82%)
London Sovereign Limited72-74 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 1SY192 (2.56%)
BTEdgwareApproach Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7AN79 125 142 251 303 326 H12
Night routes: N5
School/mobility routes: 642
85BT
CPCanons ParkParr Road, HA7125 288 303 H11 H12 X140
School/mobility routes: 698
30BT
SOHarrow331 Pinner Road, Harrow183 395 398 H9 H10 H14 H18 H19 X140
Night routes: 183
77SO
London Transit72-74 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 1SY128 (1.71%)
XWestbourne ParkGreat Western Road, London, W9 3NW13 23 28 218 228 414 452 C3
Night routes: 13 23 N28 N97
128X
London United Busways Ltd72-74 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 1SY716 (9.55%)
FWFulwellWellington Road, Fulwell, Middlesex, TW2 5NX33 65 71 85 281 290 371 481 K3
Night routes: N33 N65 85 281
School/mobility routes: 671 681
135FW
AVHounslowKingsley Road, Hounslow, TW3 1PA110 117 203 419 E1 H22 H32 H37 H98
Night routes: E1 H32 H37
School/mobility routes: 635 696 697
110AV
WKHounslow HeathTamian Way, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW4 6BL105 116 216 235 411 423
Night routes: 105
64WK
JEWandsworth25 Jews Row, Wandsworth, SW18London routes: none at present.0JE
RPPark RoyalAtlas Road, Harlesden, London, NW10 6DN18 220 223 224 258 266 440 H17
Night routes: N18 220 N266
125RP
SShepherd's BushWells Road, London, W12 8DA49 70 72 94 148 C1
Night routes: N72 94 148
100S
VStamford Brook72-74 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 1SY9 211 272 283 E3 H91
Night routes: N9
82V
TVTolworthKingston Road, Tolworth, KT5 9NU265 293 404 406 418 465 467 470 K1 K2 K4 K5 S3
School/mobility routes: 293 613 639 655 662 665 670
100TV
Southdown PSV0 (0.00%)
Southdown PSV LtdUnit 3 Silverwood, Snow Hill, Copthorne, West Sussex, RH10 3EN0 (0.00%)
(SP)CopthorneUnit 3 Silverwood, Snow Hill, Copthorne, West Sussex, RH10 3ENLondon routes: none at present.0 
Stagecoach London1021 (13.62%)
East London Bus & Coach Co. Ltd.Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London, E16 4SA614 (8.19%)
BKBarking205 Longbridge Road, Barking, Essex, IG11 8UE62 145 167 169 173 179 362 366 462
Night routes: 145 238
School/mobility routes: 667 673
112BK
BWBowFairfield Road, Bow, London, E3 2QP8 25 205 277 425
Night routes: N8 N25 N205 N277
103BW
TLeytonHigh Road, Leyton, London, E10 6AD55 56 215 257 275
Night routes: N55
87T
NSRomfordNorth Street, Romford, Essex, RM1 1DS86 128 193 247 256 294 296 497 498
Night routes: N86 128 296 365
96NS
WHWest HamStephenson Street, Canning Town, London, E16 4SA86 97 238 241 277 323 330 474 D3
Night routes: 474
School/mobility routes: 667
100WH
RMRainhamUnit 2, Albright Industrial Estate, Ferry Lane, Rainham, Essex, RM13 9BU165 174 248 252 256 287 365 372 496 499
School/mobility routes: 674
116RM
South East London & Kent Bus Co. Ltd.Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London, E16 4SA407 (5.43%)
TBBromley111 Hastings Road, Bromley, Kent, BR2 8NH61 146 246 261 314 336 B14
School/mobility routes: 638 664
65TB
TLCatford180 Bromley Road, Catford, London, SE6 2XA47 54 75 124 136 160 199 273 380 P4
Night routes: 47 N199
School/mobility routes: 621 660 661
145TL
KBKangley Bridge RoadKangley Bridge Road, Lower Sydenham, London, SE26 5BA181 284 356 32KB
PDPlumsteadPettman Crescent, Plumstead, London, SE28 0BJ53 96 122 161 177 180 422 472
Night routes: N53 472
School/mobility routes: 601 602 669 672
165PD
Sullivan Buses59 (0.79%)
Sullivan Buses Ltd.First Floor, Deards House, South Mimms Service Area, St Albans Road, Potters Bar, Herts, EN6 3NE59 (0.79%)
SMSouth MimmsSouth Mimms Services, Potters Bar, HertsLondon network routes: 217 298 299 327 389 399 549 W9
School/mobility routes: 603 605 606 617 626 628 629 640 653 683 688
Other routes: 306 398
59SN
(TP)Thorpe ParkThorpe Park, Staines Road, Chertsey, KT16 8PHLondon routes: none at present.0 
Transit Systems106 (1.41%)
Tower Transit151 Ruckholt Road, Leyton, London, E10 5PB106 (1.41%)
LILea Interchange151 Ruckholt Road, Leyton, London, E10 5PB58 236 262 308 339 473 488 D8 W14
School/mobility routes: 678
106HO
Uno6 (0.08%)
University Bus LtdCollege Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB6 (0.08%)
(HF)HatfieldGypsy Moth Avenue, Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9BSLondon network routes: 383
School/mobility routes: 692 699
Other routes: 242
6UB

The grand total PVR is 7494.

LBSL Codes

Every garage operating services that form part of the LBSL network is given an official LBSL garage code (right hand column). Such codes are given not only to garages running LBSL contracts, but also to those running commercial bus services under London Bus agreements. There is also a code for the Croydon Tramlink! The codes are used internally by LBSL, for administrative purposes.

Many operators also give their garages codes, sometimes for similar administrative reasons, or sometimes – particularly where they only have one garage – for "enthusiast reasons". These are not always the same as the LBSL codes, although they often are.

Many of the codes are long-established, going back to LBL (and in many cases LGOC) 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 (LGOC) 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).

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), 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 their Dagenham operation, and subsequently relocated to Barking, and now absorbed by Arriva. Similarly, Hounslow Heath code WK originates from Westlink, although parts of the company now use HH to distance themselves from some of Westlink's more dubious practices! FE comes from F. E. Thorpe & sons, sold out to Metroline; in this case TfL have changed the official code to a geographical one, PA. WS comes from Wings of Uxbridge, which subsequently sold its bus operations to Tellings-Golden Miller (which used a code of TM internally), which in turn sold the operations to Travel London. The official code FR for Metrobus's former 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 T-GM in 2003, which then sold it on to Metrobus in 2005! (Thanks to David Stewart of LOTS for that one.)

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).

BT (London Sovereign, Edgware) originally came from Borehamwood Town, depot of the erstwhile BTS, which was subsequently bought out by Sovereign and re-located to Edgware. The code also rather conveniently formed the first two letters of the company name, and was therefore adopted by LT.

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, and indeed three (Edgware, Fulwell and Ash Grove) currently have two codes simultaneously, one for each operator.

Thanks to David Connor for most of the above information.

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