Stagecoach London

London bus company

Stagecoach London
Stagecoach London Enviro 400 MMC Hybrid bus.jpg
Stagecoach London ADL Enviro400H MMC in Thamesmead in July 2022
ParentStagecoach
Founded1994
HeadquartersWest Ham
Service areaCentral London
East London
South East London
Service typeBus services
Fleet2517 (2021)
OperatorEast London
Lea Interchange Bus Company
Selkent
Thameside
Websitewww.stagecoachbus.com

Stagecoach London is a major bus operator in Greater London. It is a subsidiary of Stagecoach and operates services under contract to Transport for London mostly in East and South East London as well as some services into Central London.

It is the largest subsidiary of Stagecoach group with 314.5 million passengers journeys in 2015-16 and a fleet of nearly 1300 buses.

History

Mercedes-Benz Citaro on route 453 in May 2005 in Stagecoach livery introduced in 2000
Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Trident 2 on route 277 at Leamouth in April 2013 in the current livery

In 1994 Stagecoach purchased the East London and Selkent operations during the privatisation of London bus services. Both continued to trade under their existing names until November 2000 when Stagecoach consolidated its London operations under the Stagecoach London brand with both remaining as separate legal entities.[1][2]

In August 2006 Stagecoach sold its London bus operations to Macquarie Bank.[3][4] The new owner restored the East London and Selkent trading name logos.

In September 2008 Thameside was established to operate route 248.[5]

In October 2010 Stagecoach reacquired its old London operations with all operations once again rebranded as Stagecoach London.[6]

In May 2022, Stagecoach announced it would takeover Tower Transit Lea Interchange garage for 20 million pounds.[7] The takeover was completed on 25 June 2022.[8][9] Stagecoach operates the garage under the Lea Interchange Bus Company Limited legal entity.[10]

Operations

Stagecoach London operates services under contract to Transport for London. These are operated by 4 legal entities which all exist but under the Stagecoach London brand:[1][2][5]

  • East London (East London Bus and Coach Company)
  • Selkent (South East London and Kent Bus Company)
  • Thameside (East London Bus Company)
  • Lea Interchange Bus Company (former Tower Transit operations at Lea Interchange)[11]

In 2000 Stagecoach's standard bus livery of a dark blue skirt and orange and light blue swirl at the rear with the standard white replaced by red was introduced. After the sale to Macquarie Bank, an all red livery was introduced.

A coach operation traded under the brand East London Coaches ceasing in February 2007 and a Travelshop which closed in March 2009 that was based at the company's then Ilford head office. The head office is now at the West Ham depot.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "EAST LONDON BUS & COACH COMPANY LIMITED overview - Find and update company information - GOV.UK". find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk. Retrieved 28 June 2022.
  2. ^ a b "SOUTH EAST LONDON & KENT BUS COMPANY LIMITED overview - Find and update company information - GOV.UK". find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk. Retrieved 28 June 2022.
  3. ^ The mighty Macquarie is only human The Independent 20 August 2006
  4. ^ Interim results for the six months ended 31 October 2006 Stagecoach Group 6 December 2006
  5. ^ a b Companies House extract company no 6667411 East London Bus Limited
  6. ^ Stagecoach re-enters London bus market BBC News 15 October 2010
  7. ^ "Stagecoach strikes £20m deal to snap up Kelsian's 150 buses in east London". 27 May 2022.
  8. ^ "Sale Completion East London Bus Operation and Finance Update". Australian Securities Exchange. Kelsian. 27 June 2022. Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  9. ^ "Stagecoach welcomes Tower Transit team to its London operations". Stagecoach. 27 June 2022. Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  10. ^ "LEA INTERCHANGE BUS COMPANY LIMITED filing history - Find and update company information - GOV.UK". find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk. Retrieved 28 June 2022.
  11. ^ "LEA INTERCHANGE BUS COMPANY LIMITED overview - Find and update company information - GOV.UK". find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk. Retrieved 28 June 2022.

External links

  • Media related to Stagecoach London at Wikimedia Commons
  • London Buses website
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