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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: 3 (First Berkshire), 7 (First Berkshire), 8 (First Berkshire), 8 (Arriva The Shires), 10 (First Berkshire), 11 (First Berkshire), 21 (Metrobus), 32 (Compass Bus
Buses Excetera (Sun)), 66 (EOS), 84 (Metroline), 242 (Metroline / Trustybus), 269 (NIBS), 305 (Bear Buses), 306 (Sullivan Buses), 318 (Buses Excetera), 357 (Southdown PSV), 398 (Sullivan Buses), 400 (Metrobus), 409 (Southdown PSV), 416 (Buses Excetera), 420 (Metrobus), 429 (Go-CoachHire), 431 (Go-CoachHire), 442 (Carlone Buses), 458 (Hallmark Connections), 460 (Metrobus), 461 (Abellio Surrey
Hallmark Connections), 477 (Arriva Kent & Medway), 479 (Buses Excetera), 505 (Galleon Travel), 513 (Reptons Coaches), 514 (Falcon Coaches), 515 (Falcon Coaches), 555 (Hallmark Connections), 575 (London General), 580 (Carousel Buses), 581 (Carousel Buses), 583 (Redline Buses), 610 (Uno), 611 (Uno), 614 (Uno), 615 (Uno), 644 (Uno), 715 (Stagecoach South), 724 (Network Harlow), 730 (Carousel Buses), 740 (Carousel Buses), 812 (CT Plus), A40 (Carousel Buses), E16 (Epsom Buses Silver Service), R1 (Red Eagle), R2 (Red Eagle), X80 (Ensignbus), X81 (Ensignbus), N7 (First Berkshire), N8 (First Berkshire), 476 (Go Coach), 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 AB AC AD AE AF AH AL AR AS AV AW BC BF BK BN BT BV BW BX C CT CY DT DX E EB EC EW FW G GR GY HA HD HE HF HH HI HK HO HT HZ KC LI MB ME MG MY N NC NF NP NS NX ON PA PB PD PK PL PM PT PV Q QB RA RH RM RR S SF SH SI SM SN SO SP 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.

Abellio656 (8.14%)
Abellio London Ltd.301 Camberwell New Road, London, SE5 0TF456 (5.66%)
QBBatterseaSilverthorne Road, Battersea, London, SW8 3HE3 49 156 159 211 344 414 452 C2 C3
Night routes: N3 159 344 C2
201QB
BCBeddingtonUnit 10, Beddington Cross, Beddington Farm Road, Croydon, CR0 4XH109 130 201 367 407 433 464 P13 S4
Night routes: N109
101BC
WLWalworth301 Camberwell New Road, London, SE5 0TF172 188 343 345 381 415 484 C10
Night routes: 188 N343 345 N381
154WL
Abellio Surrey Ltd.301 Camberwell New Road, London, SE5 0TF0 (0.00%)
BFByfleetUnit 20A Wintersells Road, Byfleet, Surrey, KT14 7LFOther routes: 461 0TG
Abellio West London Ltd.301 Camberwell New Road, London, SE5 0TF200 (2.48%)
TFFulwellThe Old Tram Depot, Stanley Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW2 5NP290 350 481 490 H20 H25 H26 H28 K1 K3 R68 R70
School/mobility routes: 969
104TF
WSHayesWest London Coach Centre, North Hyde Gardens, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 4QT195 427 U5 U7 U9 57WS
ABSouthall5 Bridge Road, Southall, London, UB2 4ABE1 E5 E7 E9
Night routes: E1
39AB
Arriva1451 (18.01%)
Arriva East Herts & Essex Ltd.Fourth Avenue, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1DU0 (0.00%)
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, DA11Other routes: 477 0NF
Arriva Kent ThamesideInvicta House, Armstrong Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6TY0 (0.00%)
HAHarlowFourth Avenue, Harlow, EssexOther routes: 724 0HA
Arriva London North Ltd.16 Watsons Road, Wood Green, London, N22 7TZ986 (12.24%)
AEAsh GroveMare Street, South Hackney, London, E8 4RH48 78 106 254 88AE
DXBarking638 Ripple Road, Barking, IG11 0ST128 150 173 325 368
Night routes: 128
School/mobility routes: 673
67DX
CTClapton15 Bohemia Place, Mare Street, London, E8 1DU38 242 393
Night routes: N38 242
89CT
DTDartfordCentral Road, Dartford, Kent, DA1160 229 428 469 492 B12 B13 B15
School/mobility routes: 660
75DT
ECEdmontonUnit 1E, Towpath Road, Stonehill Business Park, London E4123 19EC
EEnfieldSouthbury Road, Ponders End, Middlesex, EN3 4HX121 279 313 317 318 349 377 W6
Night routes: N279
School/mobility routes: 313
103E
GYGraysUnit 7, Europa Park, London Road, Grays, Essex, RM20 4DB66 347 370 375 26GY
HEHeathrowCoach Travel Centre, Bedfont Road, Stanwell, MiddxE10 8HE
ADPalmers GreenRegents Avenue, Palmers Green, London, N13 5UR102 141 329
Night routes: 102
67AD
SFStamford HillRookwood Road, London N16 6SS67 73 253
Night routes: N73 N253
68SF
ARTottenhamPhilip Lane, Tottenham, London, N15 4JB19 41 67 123 149 230 243 259 341
Night routes: N19 N41 123 149 243 341
182AR
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
74GR
WNWood GreenJolly Butchers Hill, High Road, Wood Green, London, N22 7TZ29 144 184 221 W3
Night routes: N29 W3
School/mobility routes: 184
120WN
Arriva London South Ltd.Bus Garage, Brighton Road, Croydon, CR2 6EL465 (5.77%)
BNBrixton39 Streatham Hill, London, SW2 4TB
Outstation (rtes 59/319): Brixton Hill, SW2
50 59 133 137 319 333
Night routes: N133 319
118BN
TCCroydonBrighton Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR2 6EL60 166 194 197 264 312 403 412 466
Night routes: 264
School/mobility routes: 405 612 627 685
113TC
NNorwoodErnest Avenue, West Norwood, London, SE27 0HN2 137 157 176 249 417 450
Night routes: N2 N137 176
School/mobility routes: 690
136N
THThornton Heath719 London Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 6AU64 157 198 250 255 289 410
Night routes: 64 250
School/mobility routes: 663 689
98TH
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, KentLondon routes: none at present.0TS
Arriva The Shires Ltd.487 Dunstable Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU4 8DS0 (0.00%)
WBHigh WycombeLincoln Road, Cressex Business Park, High Wycombe, HP12 3RHLondon routes: none at present.0HI
CT Plus121 (1.50%)
CT Plus Ltd2 Hertford Road, Dalston, London, N1 5SH121 (1.50%)
(HK)Ash GroveMare Street, South Hackney, London, E8London network routes: 26 153 309 388 394 W5 W13
Night routes: N26
School/mobility routes: W13
Other routes: 812
77HK
AWWalthamstow AvenueWalthamstow Avenue, London, E4 8SP385 397 W11 W12 W16 W19 44AW
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 SloughBrunel Bus Station, Wellington Street, Slough, SL1 1XN0 (0.00%)
SHSloughStanley Cottages, Stoke Road, SloughLondon network routes: Night routes: N7 N8
Other routes: 3 7 8 10 11
0SH
Tram Operations Limited22 Coomber Way, Beddington, Croydon, CR0 4TQ30 (0.37%)
(TK)Therapia Lane22 Coomber Way, Beddington, Croydon, CR0 4TQ1 2 3 4 30TK
Go-Ahead1998 (24.80%)
London General Transport Services Ltd
t/a Blue Triangle
18 Merton High Street, London, SW19 1DN239 (2.97%)
RRRiver Road51 River Road, London, IG11 0SW5 15 101 115 147 193 300 346 364 376 474 EL1 EL2 EL3
Night routes: N15 474 EL1
School/mobility routes: 150 608 646 648 649 650 651 652 656 667 674 679 686 687
239RR
London General Transport Services Ltd
t/a Docklands Buses
18 Merton High Street, London, SW19 1DN86 (1.07%)
SISilvertownFactory Road, Silvertown, London, E16100 135 276 D6 D7 D8 86SI
London General Transport Services Ltd
t/a London Central
18 Merton High Street, London, SW19 1DN626 (7.77%)
BXBexleyheathErith Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7 6BX89 132 401 422 486 B11 B14 B16
Night routes: N89 132 486
School/mobility routes: 625 658 661 669
99BX
QCamberwell1 Warner Road, Camberwell, London, SE5 9LU12 35 40 42 45 68 185 360 432 468 507 521 P5 X68
Night routes: 12 35 N68
School/mobility routes: 624 658
223Q
MGMorden Wharf (Greenwich)Morden Wharf Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 0NU108 129 286
Night routes: 108
37MG
NXNew Cross208 New Cross Road, London, SE141 21 36 108 171 225 321 436 453
Night routes: N1 N21 N136 N171 321 453
192NX
PMPeckhamBlackpool Road, Peckham, London, SE15 3SE36 37 63 363 P12
Night routes: 36 37 N63
75PM
London General Transport Services Ltd18 Merton High Street, London, SW19 1DN789 (9.79%)
BVBelvedereBurts Wharf, Crabtree Manorway North, Belvedere, DA17 6LJ180 244
Night routes: N1
School/mobility routes: 669
30BV
ALMertonHigh Street, London, SW19 1DN44 57 93 152 155 163 164 200 219 270 280
Night routes: 57 N155
School/mobility routes: 163 655
164AL
NPNorthumberland ParkMarsh Lane, Tottenham, London, N17 0XBLondon network routes: 20 76 191 192 231 257 299 327 357 379 389 399 476 491 530 W4 W10
Night routes: 76
School/mobility routes: 616 657 675
Other routes: 575
160NP
AFPutney10 Chelverton Road, London, SW15 1RN14 22 74 337 424 430 485
Night routes: 14 N22 N74
School/mobility routes: 639 670
102AF
SWStockwellBinfield Road, London, SW4 6ST11 77 87 88 118 170 196 315 322 432
Night routes: N11 N44 N87 88
158SW
ASuttonBushey Road, Sutton, SM1 1QJ80 93 151 154 213
Night routes: 93 154 N155 213
88A
PLWaterside WayWaterside Way, London, SW17 0HB39 493 G1 45PL
RAWaterlooCornwall Road, London, SE1 8TE507 521 42RA
London General Transport Services Ltd
t/a Metrobus
18 Merton High Street, London, SW19 1DN258 (3.20%)
CCroydon134 Beddington Lane, Beddington, CR9 4ND119 127 202 293 355 359 405 434 455 X26
Night routes: 119
School/mobility routes: 293
101C
MBOrpingtonOak Farm, Farnborough Hill, Green Street Green, Orpington, Kent, BR6 6DA126 138 161 162 181 233 246 284 320 352 353 358 R1 R2 R3 R4 R6 R8 R9 R11
School/mobility routes: 654 684
157MB
Metrobus LtdWheatstone Close, Manor Royal, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 9UA0 (0.00%)
CYCrawleyWheatstone Close, Manor Royal, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 9UAOther routes: 400 420 460 820 0MY
Metroline1487 (18.45%)
Metroline Travel Ltd.329 Edgware Road, Dollis Hill, London, NW2 6JP1078 (13.38%)
AHBrentfordCommerce Road, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8LZ117 190 209 235 237 E2 E8
School/mobility routes: 609
104AH
WCricklewood329 Edgware Road, Dollis Hill, London, NW2 6JP16 32 112 143 189 210 232 266 316 324 332 C11
Night routes: N16 189 266
School/mobility routes: 143 632 643
197W
EWEdgwareApproach Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7AN107 113 186 204 240
Night routes: N5 N98 N113
School/mobility routes: 606
83EW
HDHarrow Weald467 High Road, Harrow Weald, Middlesex, HA3 6EJ140 182 H12
Night routes: N18 140
School/mobility routes: 640
66HD
HTHolloway37A Pemberton Gardens, London, N19 5RR4 17 24 43 91 168 271 390 603 W7
Night routes: N5 N20 24 43 N91 N113 134 271 390 W7
School/mobility routes: 143
197HT
KCKing's CrossFreight Lane, London N146 214 274
Night routes: 214
54KC
PVPerivale [East]Alperton Lane, Western Avenue, Greenford, Middlesex, UB6 8DW7 79 245
Night routes: N7
54PV
PAPerivale (West)Unit 12, Perivale Industrial Park, Horsenden Lane South, Greenford, Middlesex, UB6 7RL90 105 120 297 395
Night routes: 105 297
School/mobility routes: 611
72PA
PBPotters BarHigh Street, Potters Bar, Herts, EN6 5BELondon network routes: 34 125 134 234 263 307 382 384 W8
Night routes: N20 34 N91 307
School/mobility routes: 634
Other routes: 84 242
137PB
ACWillesden287 High Road, Willesden, London, NW10 2JY6 52 98 260 302 460
Night routes: 6 52 N98
114AC
Metroline West Ltd.329 Edgware Road, Dollis Hill, London, NW2 6JP409 (5.08%)
ONAlpertonEaling Road, Alperton, Middlesex, HA083 223 224 483 487
Night routes: N83
73ON
GGreenfordCouncil Depot, Greenford Road, Greenford92 95 207 282 482 E6 104G
HZHayesSwallowfield Way, HayesLondon routes: none at present.0HZ
UXUxbridgeBakers Road, Uxbridge114 222 331 607 A10 U1 U2 U3 U4 U10
Night routes: 114 N207 222
112UX
WJWillesden JunctionStation Road, Harlesden, NW1018 187 206 226 228 295
Night routes: N18 295
120WJ
RATP Dev866 (10.75%)
London Sovereign LimitedApproach Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7AN135 (1.68%)
BTEdgwareApproach Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7AN139 183 251 292 326 H14
Night routes: 139
School/mobility routes: 618 619
78BT
SOHarrow331 Pinner Road, Harrow183 398 H9 H10 H11 H13 H14 H17
Night routes: 183
57SO
London United Busways LtdBusways House, Wellington Road, Fulwell, Middlesex, TW2 5NX650 (8.07%)
FWFulwellWellington Road, Fulwell, Middlesex, TW2 5NX33 65 71 216 267 281 371 391
Night routes: 33 65 281
School/mobility routes: 681
129FW
AVHounslowKingsley Road, Hounslow, TW3 1PA81 110 111 203 419 H32 H37 H98
Night routes: N9 111 H32 H37
School/mobility routes: 696 697
107AV
HHHounslow HeathTamian Way, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW4 6BL116 216 285 423 H22 H91
Night routes: 285
School/mobility routes: 635 698
66WK
PKPark RoyalAtlas Road, Harlesden, London, NW10 6DN220 283 440 E11 54PK
SShepherd's BushWells Road, London, W12 8DA70 72 94 148 C1
Night routes: 72 94 148 220
116S
VStamford Brook72-74 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 1SY9 10 27 272 E3
Night routes: 10 27
100V
TVTolworthKingston Road, Tolworth, KT5 9NU71 85 131 265 K2 K4
Night routes: 85
School/mobility routes: 613 662 665 671 965
78TV
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 9AF81 (1.01%)
(EB)Epsom3 Roy Richmond Way, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 9AFLondon network routes: 404 406 411 413 418 463 465 467 470 K5 S1 S3
School/mobility routes: 633 641
Other routes: E16
81EB
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 London1029 (12.77%)
East London Bus & Coach Co. Ltd.Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London, E16 4SA491 (6.09%)
BKBarking205 Longbridge Road, Barking, Essex, IG11 8UE62 145 167 169 362 366 396 462
Night routes: 145 238
School/mobility routes: 677
89BK
BWBowFairfield Road, Bow, London, E3 2QP8 205 277
Night routes: N8 N205 277
81BW
TLeytonHigh Road, Leyton, London, E10 6AD55 56 97 179 215 275
Night routes: N55
87T
NSRomfordNorth Street, Romford, Essex, RM1 1DS86 103 175 247 256 294 296 496 498 499
Night routes: N86 296 365
94NS
WHWest HamStephenson Street, Canning Town, London, E16 4SA15 86 97 104 158 238 241 262 323 330 473 549 D3
Night routes: 158
School/mobility routes: 678
140WH
East London Bus Ltd.Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London, E16 4SA111 (1.38%)
RMRainhamUnit 2, Albright Industrial Estate, Ferry Lane, Rainham, Essex, RM13 9BU103 165 174 248 252 256 287 365 372 111RM
South East London & Kent Bus Co. Ltd.Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London, E16 4SA427 (5.30%)
TBBromley111 Hastings Road, Bromley, Kent, BR2 8NH61 146 208 227 261 269 314 336 R5 R7 R10
School/mobility routes: 638 664
98TB
TLCatford180 Bromley Road, Catford, London, SE6 2XA47 54 75 124 136 178 199 208 273 354 356 380 P4
Night routes: 47 N199
School/mobility routes: 621
154TL
PDPlumsteadPettman Crescent, Plumstead, London, SE28 0BJ51 53 96 99 122 177 291 386 472
Night routes: 53 472
School/mobility routes: 601 602 672
175PD
Sullivan Buses49 (0.61%)
Sullivan Buses Ltd.First Floor, Deards House, South Mimms Service Area, St Albans Road, Potters Bar, Herts, EN6 3NE49 (0.61%)
SMSouth MimmsSouth Mimms Services, Potters Bar, HertsLondon network routes: 217 298 W9
School/mobility routes: 605 617 626 628 629 653 683 688 692 699
Other routes: 306 398
49SN
(TP)Thorpe ParkThorpe Park, Staines Road, Chertsey, KT16 8PHLondon routes: none at present.0 
Transit Systems368 (4.57%)
Tower TransitGreat Western Road, London, W9 3NW368 (4.57%)
ASAtlas RoadAtlas Road, Harlesden, London, NW10 6DNLondon routes: none at present.0AS
LILea Interchange151 Ruckholt Road, Leyton, London, E10 5PB25 30 58 69 212 236 308 339 425 444 488 508 RV1 W14 W15
Night routes: 25 69 N550 N551
241HO
XWestbourne ParkGreat Western Road, London, W9 3NW13 23 28 31 328
Night routes: 13 23 N28 N31 N97
127X
Uno3 (0.04%)
University Bus LtdCollege Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB3 (0.04%)
(HF)HatfieldGypsy Moth Avenue, Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9BSLondon network routes: 383
Other routes: 610 611 614 615 644
3UB

The grand total PVR is 8058.

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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