ParentStagecoach London
FoundedAugust 2008
HeadquartersWest Ham
Service areaEast London
Routes11 (September 2023)

East London Bus & Coach Company Limited,[1] trading as Stagecoach London, is a bus company operating in East London. The Thameside brand is a subsidiary of Stagecoach London and operates services under contract to Transport for London. The Thameside brand is not publicly used since 2010 as all buses are branded as Stagecoach, but it exists as a legal entity.

Thameside shares its headquarters with sister company East London at West Ham.


Thameside was set up to operate route 248 from 27 September 2008. In March 2009 route 372 was transferred followed in July 2009 by route 174. In March 2011, route 287 was transferred from Barking (BK) Garage to this garage upon contract renewal. On 28 September 2013 route 165, route 252, route 256 and route 365 commenced operations after they were won from First London (except 256 Which was previously run by Arriva). route 103 was transferred from Romford (NS) on 27 June 2015. The route was then won by Arriva and commenced on 14 October 2017. route 499 was transferred from Romford (NS) Garage to this garage on 24 August 2019 followed by route 496 which transferred on 12 October. Route 248 was won by Arriva London on 24 September 2022.[citation needed]


Thameside operates one bus garage.

Rainham (RM)

As of September 2023, Rainham garage operates routes 165, 174, 252, 256, 287, 346, 365 (daytime service only), 372, 496, 499 and 674.[2]


The garage was opened in 2007 after Waterden Road was closed to allow the site to be redeveloped for the 2012 Olympic Games.[3]

In May 2008, all buses along with the trainers were moved into the new West Ham garage, meaning Rainham no longer operated any Transport for London routes. Rainham carried out all the engineering work until the new West Ham garage was completed in 2009.[4]

Transport for London routes returned to Rainham on 27 September 2008 when route 248 commenced.[3][5]


As at July 2020, Thameside had a peak vehicle requirement of 130 buses.[2]


  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 2328402 East London Bus & Coach Company Limited
  2. ^ a b Carr, Ken (May 2015). The London Bus Guide (5 ed.). Boreham: Visions International Entertainment. p. 118. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0.
  3. ^ a b Rainham Garage Stagecoach
  4. ^ West Ham Garage Stagecoach
  5. ^ Bus tender results Route 248 Transport for London 28 March 2008