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Abellio London
Abellio Surrey
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Abellio
Alexander Dennis Enviro200 8835 on route 490 to Heathrow, August 2021
ParentAbellio
Founded21 May 2009; 13 years ago (2009-05-21)
HeadquartersCamberwell
Service areaGreater London
Surrey
Service typeBus services
Routes59 (August 2021)
Depots7
Fleet724 (Summer 2018)
Websitewww.abellio.co.uk

Abellio London is a bus company operating services in Greater London. A subsidiary of Abellio, it operates services under contract to Transport for London (TfL). Until September 2018, services were operated in Surrey under the Abellio Surrey brand.

History

Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart on route 407 in Purley
Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Trident 2 on route 211 on Whitehall
Alexander Dennis Enviro400 on route 452 on Kensington Road
Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 on route 343

The origins of Abellio can be traced back to June 1998 when National Express commenced operating routes C1 and 211 under the Travel London brand. In August 2000, National Express sold the business to Limebourne, who in July 2001 sold out to Connex. In February 2004, National Express repurchased the business.[1] Further expansion in 2005 saw the purchases of the London bus operations of Tellings-Golden Miller with a depot in Byfleet and various Surrey County Council contracts.[2]

Travel London operated contracts on behalf of Transport for London (TfL), Surrey County Council, and Kingston University. Operations were split between three registered companies; Travel London Limited,[3] Travel London (Middlesex) Limited,[4] and Travel London (West) Limited.[5] The Surrey routes were rebranded as Travel Surrey in September 2007.

On 21 May 2009, National Express sold Travel London to Abellio. The sale included 66 routes, 36 TfL-tendered services and 30 Surrey County Council and Kingston University routes. All vehicles, depots and staff were included.[6][7]

On 30 October 2009 the businesses were rebranded as Abellio London and Abellio Surrey.[8][9]

It was announced on 23 August 2022 that Abellio's UK rail and bus operations, including Abellio London, are to be sold by Nederlandse Spoorwegen to UK-based ownership in a management buyout, subject to approval by the Office of Rail and Road and partner organisations such as TfL. Abellio London's operations are planned to be managed by the Transport UK Group, led by Abellio's UK managing director Dominic Booth, by the end of 2022.[10][11]

Abellio London

Garages and routes

Abellio operates six garages in London and Surrey. Beddington Cross, Battersea and Walworth are operated by Abellio London Limited[3] and Fulwell, Hayes and Southall by Abellio West London Limited.[5]

Armstrong Way (GW)

Located near Three Bridges and Windmill Park/Iron Bridge in Southall.

As of March 2022, Armstrong Way garage operates routes 195, 207, 427, E5, E7, E10, E11, 350, 278, U5, U7, U9, H28, 482 and N207. Routes E1 and E9 were lost to other contracts, with E1 going to RATP and E9 going to Metroline.

Battersea (QB)

As of September 2021, Battersea garage operates routes 24, 27, 156, 159, 344, 345 and 415.[12]

This garage was established by Q-Drive in the late 1990s, hence the QB code.[13] Travel London's original bus garage was situated further north towards Stewarts Lane railway depot which was the home of the Gatwick Express, a rail franchise then operated by its parent National Express. Connex moved into these premises after purchasing the Limebourne business in July 2001.[citation needed] In December 2015, Battersea garage started operating route 159.[14]

Beddington Cross (BC)

As of May 2021, Beddington garage operates routes 109, 130, 201, 270, 315, 367, 407, 433, 464, N109 and S4.[12]

Fulwell (TF)

As of April 2022, 111 Fulwell garage operates routes 111 267, 285, 490, H20, H25, H26, H28, R68 and R70.[12] On 2 October 2021 290 was passed to RATP Dev Transit London.

Walworth (WL)

As of September 2021, Walworth garage operates routes 3, 45, 63, 68, 196, 381, C10, P5, P13, N3, N68 and N381.[12] On 30 April 2016, routes 35 and 40 passed to London Central.

After being closed by London Regional Transport in the 1980s, Walworth garage was reopened by Travel London in 2005, who needed more garage space after some new contracts.[15][16][17]

Former garages

Southall (AB)

Southall garage opened on 29 July 2017, when routes E1, E5, E7 and E9 were transferred from Hayes.[18][19] It was replaced by Armstrong Way (GW) garage in July 2019.[20]

Hayes (WS)

This garage closed in late 2021, transferring its routes to Armstrong Way Depot. Hayes garage used to operate and hold London bus routes 278, 350, 482, H28, U5, U7 and U9.[12] It moved to a new site in Dawley Road in 2021.[21]

Abellio Surrey

Abellio SurreyAlexander Dennis Enviro200 in January 2014
Abellio SurreyAlexander Dennis Enviro200 in January 2014

Abellio operated one garage in Byfleet. It held 50 buses and was the base for several Surrey County Council tendered routes as well as some commercial services.

This garage was operated by Tellings-Golden Miller; it was sold to National Express in June 2005,[2] rebranded as Travel Surrey in September 2007, and ran buses in a livery of white with a red skirt. In October 2009 it was rebranded as Abellio Surrey.

In May 2015, Abellio Surrey extended the use of its ‘Oyster Match’ ticket between Kingston upon Thames and Esher, which had already proved highly popular with users of the operator’s 458 and 459 routes. In this scheme, passengers within Greater London can show their Oyster card to the driver to be eligible for the discount and pay the standard £1.50 flat fare.[22]

In September 2017, all 17 of its Surrey County Council-tendered routes passed to other operators.[23] Commercially operated[24] route 441 was taken over by White Bus Services in March 2018, and route 461 by Falcon Coaches in September 2018.[25][26][27]

Fleet

As of December 2022 Abellio London Bus (ALB) ran 852 buses on 60 London routes, 9% of London buses, for TfL.[28]

References

  1. ^ National Express buys 200 London buses The Daily Telegraph 27 February 2004
  2. ^ a b National Express Group purchases the London Bus Division of Tellings Golden Miller National Express 1 June 2005
  3. ^ a b Companies House extract company no 3786162 Abellio London Limited
  4. ^ Companies House extract company no 3792590 Travel London (Middlesex) Limited
  5. ^ a b Companies House extract company no 689260 Abellio West London Limited
  6. ^ National Express Group PLC agreement to sell Travel London National Express 21 May 2009
  7. ^ NedRailways acquisition reinforces long term commitment to UK transport market Archived 18 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine NedRailways 9 June 2009
  8. ^ Smith, Ian (7 February 2021). "Connex/Travel London/Abellio". www.countrybus.org.
  9. ^ "Our History". Abellio. Retrieved 30 November 2022.
  10. ^ "Abellio UK set to become Transport UK Group via MBO". routeone. 23 August 2022. Retrieved 24 August 2022.
  11. ^ Peat, Chris (23 August 2022). "Abellio to be bought out". Bus & Coach Buyer. Peterborough. Retrieved 24 August 2022.
  12. ^ a b c d e "Bus Services in London (table with number, route, depot, frequency)". Abellio. Updated as required.
  13. ^ Carr, Ken (September 2014). The London Bus Guide (4 ed.). Boreham: Visions International Entertainment. p. 111. ISBN 978-0-9570058-6-0.
  14. ^ Abellio London now operates route 159 Abellio 16 December 2015
  15. ^ LRT tenders Commercial Motor 9 March 1985
  16. ^ Green light for new energy efficient bus infrastructure Transport for London 24 February 2005
  17. ^ Solar powered bus garages BBC News 24 February 2005
  18. ^ Abellio London & Surrey wins three new routes in West London Archived 29 July 2017 at the Wayback Machine Abellio
  19. ^ "Fleet News" Buses issue 750 September 2017 page 66
  20. ^ Two more new garages open but will others close? Buses issue 773 August 2019 page 24
  21. ^ "Bus firm moving to new depot in Hayes". 2 September 2021.
  22. ^ "Abellio extends 'Oyster Match'". Bus & Coach Buyer. 7 May 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  23. ^ Forthcoming bus timetable changes Surrey County Council
  24. ^ "Abellio Surrey maintain a commercial toehold in Surrey" Buses issue 749 August 2017 page 7
  25. ^ "New operator for Route 441 from 17th March 2018" Abellio 14 March 2018
  26. ^ "New operator for Route 461 from 15th September" Abellio 6 August 2018
  27. ^ "Falcon Coaches to take over Abellio's remaining Surrey route" Coach & Bus Week issue 1357 28 August 2018 page 11
  28. ^ "Abellio UK Bus". Abellio. Retrieved 30 November 2022.