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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: 7 (First Berkshire), 8 (Arriva The Shires
Redline Buses evenings), 32 (Arriva Southern Counties
Buses Excetera (Sun)), 58 (First Berkshire), 60 (First Berkshire), 61 (First Berkshire), 71 (First Berkshire), 75 (First Berkshire), 76 (First Berkshire), 77 (First Berkshire), 78 (First Berkshire), 84 (Metroline), 84A (Metroline), 242 (Metroline / Uno), 255 (Roadrunner), 269 (Travel with Hunny), 305 (Bear Buses), 306 (Sullivan Buses), 318 (Buses Excetera), 357 (Southdown PSV), 398 (Sullivan Buses), 400 (Metrobus), 402 (Arriva Southern Counties), 403 (Arriva Southern Counties), 409 (Metrobus), 420 (Metrobus), 429 (Go-CoachHire), 441 (Abellio Surrey), 458 (Abellio Surrey), 459 (Abellio Surrey), 460 (Metrobus), 461 (Abellio Surrey), 477 (Arriva Kent & Medway), 477 (Buses Excetera), 479 (Buses Excetera), 505 (Network Harlow), 513 (Abellio Surrey), 514 (Abellio Surrey), 515 (Abellio Surrey), 515A (Abellio Surrey), 516 (Buses Excetera), 540 (Metrobus), 555 (Abellio Surrey), 557 (Abellio Surrey), 575 (London General), 580 (Carousel Buses), 581 (Carousel Buses), 583 (Redline Buses), 610 (Uno), 614 (Uno), 615 (Uno), 644 (Uno), 724 (Network Harlow), 730 (Carousel Buses), 740 (Carousel Buses), 812 (CT Plus), A40 (Carousel Buses), E16 (Quality Line), KU1 (Tellings-Golden Miller), KU2 (Tellings-Golden Miller), KU3 (Tellings-Golden Miller), KU5 (Tellings-Golden Miller), R1 (Red Eagle), R2 (Red Eagle), X80 (Ensignbus), X81 (Ensignbus), 668 (Buses Excetera), 820 (Metrobus), 866 (Buses Excetera), 868 (Edward Thomas), R17 (Red Eagle), 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 AS AV BC BE BF BK BL BN BR BT BV BW BX C CN CT CY DT DX E EB EC EW FDP FW G GR GY HA HD HE HF HH HI HK HO HT HZ KC LI MB ME MW MY N NC NF NP NS NX ON PA PB PD PK PL PM PT PV Q QB RA RH RM S SF SH SI SM SN SO SP SS SW T TB TC TF TG TH TK TL TP TS TV TW UB UX V W WB WD WE WH WJ WK WL WN WS 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.

Abellio539 (6.92%)
Abellio London Ltd.301 Camberwell New Road, London, SE5 0TF394 (5.06%)
QBBatterseaSilverthorne Road, Battersea, London, SW8 3HE3 49 156 211 344 414 452 C2 C3 C10
Night routes: N3 344 C2
185QB
BCBeddingtonUnit 10, Beddington Cross, Beddington Farm Road, Croydon, CR0 4XH152 157 322 407 455 P13 T33
School/mobility routes: 931
80BC
WLWalworth301 Camberwell New Road, London, SE5 0TF35 40 172 188 343 381 484
Night routes: N35 188 N343 N381
129WL
Abellio West London Ltd.301 Camberwell New Road, London, SE5 0TF145 (1.86%)
BFByfleetUnit 20A Wintersells Road, Byfleet, Surrey, KT14 7LFOther routes: 441 458 459 461 513 514 515 515A 555 557 0TG
TFFulwellThe Old Tram Depot, Stanley Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW2 5NP117 235 290 481 490 H20 H25 H26 K1 K3 R68 R70
School/mobility routes: 969
114TF
WSHayesWest London Coach Centre, North Hyde Gardens, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 4QT350 E1 H28 U7 U9 31WS
Arriva1504 (19.30%)
Arriva East Herts & Essex Ltd.Fourth Avenue, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1DU0 (0.00%)
HAHarlowFourth Avenue, Harlow, EssexOther routes: 505 724 0HA
WEWareMarsh Lane, Ware, HertfordshireLondon routes: none at present.0WE
Arriva Kent & MedwayInvicta House, Armstrong Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6TY0 (0.00%)
NFNorthfleetLondon Road, Northfleet, Kent, DA11London network routes: 403
Other routes: 477
0NF
Arriva Kent ThamesideInvicta House, Armstrong Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6TY76 (0.98%)
DTDartfordCentral Road, Dartford, Kent, DA1160 428 492 B12 B13 B15 44DT
GYGraysUnit 7, Europa Park, London Road, Grays, Essex, RM20 4DB66 346 370 375 499 32GY
(SS)Southend20 Short Street, Southend on Sea, SS2 5BYLondon routes: none at present.0 
Arriva London North Ltd.16 Watsons Road, Wood Green, London, N22 7TZ888 (11.40%)
AEAsh GroveMare Street, South Hackney, London, E8 4RH38 78 106 168 254 87AE
DXBarking638 Ripple Road, Barking, IG11 0ST128 135 150 173 325
Night routes: 128
School/mobility routes: 647 678
67DX
CTClapton15 Bohemia Place, Mare Street, London, E8 1DU38 242 393
Night routes: N38 242
92CT
ECEdmontonUnit 1E, Towpath Road, Stonehill Business Park, London E4123 125 184 318 382 397 444 W6 W11
School/mobility routes: 629 657
91EC
EEnfieldSouthbury Road, Ponders End, Middlesex, EN3 4HX121 192 279 307 313 317 349 377 379
Night routes: N279
School/mobility routes: 313
114E
ADPalmers GreenRegents Avenue, Palmers Green, London, N13 5UR34 102 125 329
Night routes: 102
57AD
SFStamford HillRookwood Road, London N16 6SS67 73 253
Night routes: N73 N253
85SF
ARTottenhamPhilip Lane, Tottenham, London, N15 4JB41 67 76 123 149 230 243 341
Night routes: N41 N76 149 243 341
160AR
WNWood GreenJolly Butchers Hill, High Road, Wood Green, London, N22 7TZ29 141 144 221 329 W3
Night routes: N29
School/mobility routes: 184 617
135WN
Arriva London South Ltd.Bus Garage, Brighton Road, Croydon, CR2 6EL467 (5.99%)
CNBeddingtonBeddington Farm Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0London routes: none at present.0CN
BNBrixton39 Streatham Hill, London, SW2 4TB
Outstation (rtes 59/319): Brixton Hill, SW2
50 59 109 137 159 319
Night routes: N109 159
139BN
TCCroydonBrighton Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR2 6EL60 166 194 197 264 312 403 412 466 T31
Night routes: 264
School/mobility routes: 405 612 627 685
119TC
NNorwoodErnest Avenue, West Norwood, London, SE27 0HN2 59 133 176 415 417 432
Night routes: N2 N133 N137 176
School/mobility routes: 690
119N
THThornton Heath719 London Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 6AU198 250 255 289 410 450
Night routes: 250
School/mobility routes: 663 689
90TH
Arriva Southern CountiesInvicta House, Armstrong Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6TY0 (0.00%)
(ME)Maidstone London routes: none at present.0 
(TW)Tunbridge WellsSt. John's Road, Tunbridge Wells, KentOther routes: 402 403 0TS
Arriva The Shires Ltd.487 Dunstable Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU4 8DS73 (0.94%)
WBHigh WycombeLincoln Road, Cressex Business Park, High Wycombe, HP12 3RHLondon routes: none at present.0HI
GRWatford (Garston)Marshwood House, 934 St. Albans Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD25 9NNLondon network routes: 142 258 268 288 303 305 340 H2 H3 H18 H19
School/mobility routes: 631 642
Other routes: 8
73GR
Tellings Golden Miller GroupBuilding 16300 MT2, Electra Avenue, London Heathrow Airport, Hounslow, TW6 2DN8 (0.10%)
HEHeathrowCoach Travel Centre, Bedfont Road, Stanwell, MiddxE10 8HE
CT Plus73 (0.94%)
CT Plus Ltd2 Hertford Road, Dalston, London, N1 5SH73 (0.94%)
(HK)Ash GroveMare Street, South Hackney, London, E8London network routes: 153 212 309 385 388 394 W5 W12 W13
School/mobility routes: 675 W13
Other routes: 812
73HK
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 4YFOther routes: X80 X81 0 
First0 (0.00%)
First Beeline BracknellColdborough House, Market Street, Bracknell, RG12 1JA0 (0.00%)
BLBracknellColdborough House, Market Street, BracknellLondon routes: none at present.0BR
First Beeline SloughBrunel Bus Station, Wellington Street, Slough, SL1 1XN0 (0.00%)
SHSloughStanley Cottages, Stoke Road, SloughOther routes: 58 60 61 71 75 76 77 78 0SH
Tram Operations Limited22 Coomber Way, Beddington, Croydon, CR0 4TQ27 (0.35%)
(TK)Therapia Lane22 Coomber Way, Beddington, Croydon, CR0 4TQ1 2 3 4 27TK
Go-Ahead1863 (23.91%)
Blue Triangle Buses Ltd.18 Merton High Street, London, SW19 1DN131 (1.68%)
BERainhamUnit 3C, Denver Trading Estate, Ferry Lane, Rainham, Essex, RM13 9BU167 193 300 347 362 364 368 376 462 498 EL1 EL2 W19
Night routes: EL1
School/mobility routes: 608 646 648 649 650 651 652 656 667 674 679 686
131BE
Docklands Buses Limited18 Merton High Street, London, SW19 1DN76 (0.98%)
SISilvertownFactory Road, Silvertown, London, E16276 474 541 549 D6 D7 D8
Night routes: 474
School/mobility routes: 150 673
76SI
London Central Bus Co Ltd18 Merton High Street, London, SW19 1DN555 (7.12%)
BXBexleyheathErith Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7 6BX89 132 229 401 422 486 B11 B16
Night routes: N21 N89
School/mobility routes: 625 658 661 669
107BX
QCamberwell1 Warner Road, Camberwell, London, SE5 9LU12 42 45 68 185 345 355 360 468 P5 X68
Night routes: 12 N68 345
School/mobility routes: 624 658
202Q
NXNew Cross208 New Cross Road, London, SE1421 36 108 129 171 225 286 321 436
Night routes: N21 108 N171 321
173NX
PMPeckhamBlackpool Road, Peckham, London, SE15 3SE36 37 63 363 P12 X68
Night routes: 36 37 N63
73PM
London General Transport Services Ltd18 Merton High Street, London, SW19 1DN851 (10.92%)
BVBelvedereBurts Wharf, Crabtree Manorway North, Belvedere, DA17 6LJ180 244
Night routes: N1
School/mobility routes: 669
27BV
MWMandela WayMandela Way, SE1 5SS1 100 453 507 521
Night routes: N1 453
75MW
ALMertonHigh Street, London, SW19 1DN22 44 77 118 155 163 164 200 201 219 270 280
Night routes: N155
School/mobility routes: 163 655
152AL
NPNorthumberland ParkMarsh Lane, Tottenham, London, N17 0XBLondon network routes: 20 191 231 257 259 299 327 357 389 399 476 491 W4 W10 W16
School/mobility routes: 616 692 699
Other routes: 575
140NP
AFPutney10 Chelverton Road, London, SW15 1RN14 22 74 85 424 430
Night routes: 14 N22 N74 85
School/mobility routes: 670
112AF
SWStockwellBinfield Road, London, SW4 6ST11 19 87 88 170 196 249 315 333 337
Night routes: N11 N19 N44 N87 88
School/mobility routes: 639 670
174SW
ASuttonBushey Road, Sutton, SM1 1QJ80 93 151 154 164 213 413
Night routes: 93 N155 213
87A
PLWaterside WayWaterside Way, London, SW17 0HB39 485 493 G1 44PL
RAWaterlooCornwall Road, London, SE1 8TE507 521 40RA
London General Transport Services Ltd t/a Metrobus18 Merton High Street, London, SW19 1DN250 (3.21%)
CCroydon134 Beddington Lane, Beddington, CR9 4ND64 119 127 130 202 293 359 367 405 434 T32
Night routes: N64
School/mobility routes: 293
93C
FDPFaraday Way (outstation of MB)Faraday Way, Orpington, Kent, BR5 3QRLondon routes: none at present.0 
MBOrpingtonOak Farm, Farnborough Hill, Green Street Green, Orpington, Kent, BR6 6DA126 138 146 161 162 181 233 284 320 336 352 353 358 464 B14 R1 R2 R3 R4 R6 R8 R9 R11
Night routes: 119
School/mobility routes: 654
157MB
Metrobus LtdWheatstone Close, Manor Royal, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 9UA0 (0.00%)
CYCrawleyWheatstone Close, Manor Royal, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 9UAOther routes: 400 409 420 460 540 820 0MY
Metroline1396 (17.92%)
Metroline Travel Ltd.329 Edgware Road, Dollis Hill, London, NW2 6JP979 (12.57%)
AHBrentfordCommerce Road, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8LZ190 209 237 E2 E8
School/mobility routes: 609
69AH
WCricklewood329 Edgware Road, Dollis Hill, London, NW2 6JP16 32 112 139 143 189 210 232 316 326 332 C11
Night routes: N16 139 189
School/mobility routes: 143 632 643
200W
EWEdgwareApproach Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7AN107 113 186 204 240
Night routes: N5 N98 N113
School/mobility routes: 606
71EW
HDHarrow Weald467 High Road, Harrow Weald, Middlesex, HA3 6EJ140 182 H12
Night routes: N16 140
School/mobility routes: 640
64HD
HTHolloway37A Pemberton Gardens, London, N19 5RR4 17 24 43 91 134 271 390 603 W7
Night routes: N5 N20 24 43 N91 N113 134 271 390
School/mobility routes: 143
205HT
KCKing's CrossFreight Lane, London N146 214 274
Night routes: 214
54KC
PBPotters BarHigh Street, Potters Bar, Herts, EN6 5BELondon network routes: 82 217 234 263 383 384 W8 W9
Night routes: N20 N91
School/mobility routes: 634
Other routes: 84 84A 242
100PB
PVPerivale [East]Alperton Lane, Western Avenue, Greenford, Middlesex, UB6 8DWLondon routes: none at present.0PV
PAPerivale (West)Unit 12, Perivale Industrial Park, Horsenden Lane South, Greenford, Middlesex, UB6 7RL7 79 90 105 297 395 E6
Night routes: N7 105 297
School/mobility routes: 611
97PA
ACWillesden287 High Road, Willesden, London, NW10 2JY6 52 98 260 302 460
Night routes: 6 52 N98
119AC
Metroline West Ltd.329 Edgware Road, Dollis Hill, London, NW2 6JP417 (5.35%)
ONAlpertonEaling Road, Alperton, Middlesex, HA083 223 224 245 487
Night routes: 83
76ON
GGreenfordCouncil Depot, Greenford Road, Greenford92 95 282 E5 E7 E9 77G
HZHayesSwallowfield Way, Hayes195 207 427
Night routes: N207
69HZ
UXUxbridgeBakers Road, Uxbridge331 607 A10 U1 U2 U3 U4 U5 U10 88UX
WJWillesden JunctionStation Road, Harlesden, NW1018 187 206 226 228
Night routes: N18
107WJ
RATP Dev903 (11.59%)
London Sovereign LimitedApproach Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7AN132 (1.69%)
BTEdgwareApproach Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7AN13 114 183 251 292 324
Night routes: N13
School/mobility routes: 605
89BT
SOHarrow331 Pinner Road, Harrow398 H9 H10 H11 H13 H14 H17 43SO
London United Busways LtdBusways House, Wellington Road, Fulwell, Middlesex, TW2 5NX691 (8.87%)
FWFulwellWellington Road, Fulwell, Middlesex, TW2 5NX33 65 71 110 216 267 281 371 391
Night routes: 33 65 281
School/mobility routes: 671 681 691
144FW
AVHounslowKingsley Road, Hounslow, TW3 1PA81 111 120 203 222 H32 H37 H98
Night routes: N9 111
School/mobility routes: 696 697
127AV
HHHounslow HeathTamian Way, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW4 6BL116 216 285 423 482 H22 H91
Night routes: 285
School/mobility routes: 635 698
73WK
PKPark RoyalAtlas Road, Harlesden, London, NW10 6DN72 220 283 440 E11 70PK
SShepherd's BushWells Road, London, W12 8DA72 94 148 272 419 C1
Night routes: 72 94 N97 148 220
102S
VStamford Brook72-74 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 1SY9 10 27 E3
Night routes: 10 27
101V
TVTolworthKingston Road, Tolworth, KT5 9NU57 131 265 K2 K4
Night routes: 57
School/mobility routes: 613 662 665 965
74TV
NCTwickenhamThe Skills Centre, Twickenham Trading Estate, Rugby Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 1DULondon routes: none at present.0NC
H. R. Richmond Ltd (Epsom Buses/Quality Line)3 Roy Richmond Way, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 9AF80 (1.03%)
(EB)Epsom3 Roy Richmond Way, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 9AFLondon network routes: 404 406 411 418 463 465 467 470 K5 S1 S3 S4 X26
School/mobility routes: 463 641
Other routes: E16
80EB
The Original Tour25 Jews Row, Wandsworth, SW180 (0.00%)
WDWandsworth25 Jews Row, Wandsworth, SW18London routes: none at present.0WD
RHRainhamDenver Industrial Estate, Ferry Lane, Rainham, Essex RM13 9DDLondon routes: none at present.0 
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 London1091 (14.00%)
East London Bus & Coach Co. Ltd.Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London, E16 4SA601 (7.71%)
BKBarking205 Longbridge Road, Barking, Essex, IG11 8UE5 15 62 101 145 169 366 387 396
Night routes: N15
School/mobility routes: 687
116BK
BWBowFairfield Road, Bow, London, E3 2QP5 8 15 205 277
Night routes: N8 N15 N205 277
100BW
TLeytonHigh Road, Leyton, London, E10 6AD48 55 56 97 179 215 275
Night routes: N55 69
112T
NSRomfordNorth Street, Romford, Essex, RM1 1DS86 103 175 247 294 296 496
Night routes: N86 365
91NS
WHWest HamStephenson Street, Canning Town, London, E16 4SA15 69 86 97 104 115 147 158 238 241 262 323 330 473 488 D3 182WH
East London Bus Ltd.Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London, E16 4SA93 (1.19%)
RMRainhamUnit 2, Albright Industrial Estate, Ferry Lane, Rainham, Essex, RM13 9BU165 174 248 252 256 287 365 372 93RM
South East London & Kent Bus Co. Ltd.Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London, E16 4SA397 (5.10%)
TBBromley111 Hastings Road, Bromley, Kent, BR2 8NH61 208 227 246 261 269 314 R5 R7 R10
School/mobility routes: 636 637 638 664
89TB
TLCatford180 Bromley Road, Catford, London, SE6 2XA47 54 75 124 136 178 199 208 273 354 356 380 P4
Night routes: N47 N136
School/mobility routes: 621 660
143TL
PDPlumsteadPettman Crescent, Plumstead, London, SE28 0BJ51 53 96 99 122 177 291 386 469 472
Night routes: 53 472
School/mobility routes: 601 602 672
165PD
Sullivan Buses19 (0.24%)
Sullivan Buses Ltd.First Floor, Deards House, South Mimms Service Area, St. Albans Road, Potters Bar, Herts, EN6 3NE19 (0.24%)
SMSouth MimmsSouth Mimms Services, Potters Bar, HertsLondon network routes: 298
School/mobility routes: 626 628 653 683 688
Other routes: 306 398
19SN
(TP)Thorpe ParkThorpe Park, Staines Road, Chertsey, KT16 8PHLondon routes: none at present.0 
Transit Systems368 (4.72%)
Tower TransitGreat Western Road, London, W9 3NW368 (4.72%)
ASAtlas RoadAtlas Road, Harlesden, London, NW10 6DN28 31 266 328
Night routes: N28 N31 266
100AS
LILea Interchange151 Ruckholt Road, Leyton, London, E10 5PB25 26 30 58 236 308 339 425 RV1 W14 W15
Night routes: 25 N26 N550 N551
199HO
XWestbourne ParkGreat Western Road, London, W9 3NW23 70 295
Night routes: 23 295
69X
Uno0 (0.00%)
University Bus LtdCollege Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB0 (0.00%)
(HF)HatfieldGypsy Moth Avenue, Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9BSOther routes: 242 610 614 615 644 0UB

The grand total PVR is 7791.

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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