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Abellio London
New Routemaster on route 133 in January 2024
ParentTransport UK Group
Founded21 May 2009; 14 years ago (2009-05-21)
Service areaGreater London
Service typeBus services
Routes66 (January 2024)
Fleet800 (March 2023)

Abellio London is a bus company operating services in Greater London, England. A subsidiary of Transport UK Group, it operates services under contract to Transport for London.


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 Enviro400 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] Travel London operated contracts on behalf of Transport for London (TfL).

On 21 May 2009, National Express sold Travel London to Abellio. The sale included 36 TfL-tendered services. All vehicles, depots and staff were included.[2][3]

On 30 October 2009 the business was rebranded as Abellio London.[4][5]

Abellio London was included in the sale of Abellio's United Kingdom business to Transport UK Group in February 2023.[6][7] It is to be rebranded Transport UK London Bus from TBC.[8]

Garages and routes

Abellio London operates six garages. Beddington, Battersea and Walworth are operated by Abellio London Limited and Twickenham, Armstrong Way and Dawley Road by Abellio West London Limited.

Armstrong Way (GW)

As of January 2024, Armstrong Way garage operates routes 195, 207, 427, E5, E7, E10, E11, H28, H32 and N207. Routes E1 and E9 were lost to other contracts, with route E1 going to London United and route E9 going to Metroline.

Battersea (QB)

As of January 2024, Battersea garage operates routes 24, 27, 133, 156, 159, 196, 322, 344, 345, 415, C3, N3, N27 and N133.[9]

This garage was established by Q-Drive in the late 1990s, hence the QB code.[10] 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.[11]

Beddington (BC)

As of September 2023, Beddington garage operates routes 109, 130, 201, 270, 315, 367, 404, 407, 433, 464, N109 and S4.[9]

Dawley Road (DH)

As of March 2023, Dawley Road garage operates routes 278, 350, 482, U5, U7 and U9.[9]

Twickenham (TF)

As of April 2022, Twickenham garage operates routes 111, 267, 285, 481D, 490, 671, 969, H20, H25, H26, R68 and R70.[9] On 2 October 2021, route 290 passed to London United.

Walworth (WL)

As of November 2023, Walworth garage operates routes 3, 45, 63, 68, 363, 381, C10, P5, P13, N63, N68 and N381.[9] 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.[12][13][14]

Former garages

Southall (AB)

Southall garage opened on 29 July 2017, when routes E1, E5, E7 and E9 were transferred from Hayes.[15][16] It was replaced by Armstrong Way (GW) garage in July 2019.[17]

Hayes (WS)

This garage closed in late 2021, transferring its routes to Armstrong Way (GW) garage. Hayes garage used to operate and hold London bus routes 278, 350, 482, H28, U5, U7 and U9.[9] It moved to a new site on Dawley Road in 2021.[18]


As at March 2023, Abellio London operated 800 buses. These include the Alexander Dennis Enviro200 and 400 (with the MMC variant) and the Caetano e.City Golds. There are 44 of these in use.[19]


  1. ^ National Express buys 200 London buses The Daily Telegraph 27 February 2004
  2. ^ National Express Group PLC agreement to sell Travel London National Express 21 May 2009
  3. ^ NedRailways acquisition reinforces long term commitment to UK transport market Archived 18 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine NedRailways 9 June 2009
  4. ^ Smith, Ian (7 February 2021). "Connex/Travel London/Abellio".
  5. ^ "Our History". Abellio. Retrieved 30 November 2022.
  6. ^ "Abellio UK to be renamed Transport UK Group as management buyout deal completes". Archived from the original on 1 March 2023. Retrieved 2 March 2023.
  7. ^ Deakin, Tim (28 February 2023). "Transport UK Group MBO of Abellio UK completes". Archived from the original on 1 March 2023. Retrieved 2 March 2023.
  8. ^ "Transport UK London Bus Rebrand". Abellio London. Retrieved 20 January 2024.
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Bus Services in London (table with number, route, depot, frequency)". Abellio. Updated as required.
  10. ^ Carr, Ken (September 2014). The London Bus Guide (4 ed.). Boreham: Visions International Entertainment. p. 111. ISBN 978-0-9570058-6-0.
  11. ^ Abellio London now operates route 159 Abellio 16 December 2015
  12. ^ LRT tenders Commercial Motor 9 March 1985
  13. ^ Green light for new energy efficient bus infrastructure Transport for London 24 February 2005
  14. ^ Solar powered bus garages BBC News 24 February 2005
  15. ^ Abellio London & Surrey wins three new routes in West London Archived 29 July 2017 at the Wayback Machine Abellio
  16. ^ "Fleet News" Buses issue 750 September 2017 page 66
  17. ^ Two more new garages open but will others close? Buses issue 773 August 2019 page 24
  18. ^ "Bus firm moving to new depot in Hayes". 2 September 2021.
  19. ^ Bus Fleet Audit Transport for London

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