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First London was a bus company operating services in Greater London, England. It was a subsidiary of FirstGroup and operated buses under contract to Transport for London. It was formed in the late 1990s through the acquisition of three London bus operators. First London's garages were sold off between December 2007 and July 2013 with the last closing in September 2013.

Company historyEdit

In December 2007 the company's Orpington business, which had been established by CentreWest in 1995, was sold to Metrobus, along with 35 buses.

On 31 March 2012, Northumberland Park garage was sold to London General.

On 22 June 2013, FirstGroup sold Alperton, Greenford, Hayes, Uxbridge and Willesden Junction garages with 494 buses to Metroline and Atlas Road (Park Royal), Lea Interchange (Leyton) and Westbourne Park garages with 412 buses to Tower Transit.

First London ceased operating on 27 September 2013 after its remaining contracts with Transport for London expired.

First Capital East LimitedEdit

Operated one bus garage in Dagenham.

Dagenham (DM)Edit

Dagenham garage operated London bus routes 165, 179 and 252, and 24-hour route 365 until 27 September 2013 when their contracts expired. They all passed to Stagecoach London.

HistoryEdit

Previously operated a garage in Harold Wood which closed in 2004, and was an outstation of Dagenham.

On 15 October 2005, First Capital commenced operating route 150.

On 16 October 2010, route 150 passed to Arriva London.

On 26 March 2011, First Capital commenced operating route 368.

On 3 September 2011, First Capital commenced operating routes 608 and 648.

On 10 March 2012, First Capital commenced operating route 667.

On 30 March 2012, the Northumberland Park allocation for route 58 was transferred to this garage.

On 22 June 2013, routes 193, 368, 498 plus school routes 608, 646, 648, 652, 656, 667, 679 and 686 passed to Blue Triangle.

On 17 August 2013 Essex route 265 passed to Amber Coaches.

First Capital North LimitedEdit

Operated one bus garage, sold to Tower Transit on 22 June 2013.

Lea Interchange (LI)Edit

Lea Interchange garage operated London bus routes 26, 3058, 236308339, RV1, W14W15, 24-hour routes 25 and Night routes N26 and school route 686.

HistoryEdit

The garage opened in 2007 to replace the Waterden Road, Stratford garage that closed as part of the development of the Olympic Park for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Waterden Road was opened in 1996 after a number tender wins. In 2004 the garage received Mercedes-Benz Citaro Hydrogen buses for evaluation on route 25 and subsequently on route RV1.

On 25 June 2011, First Capital commenced operating routes 25, 26, 30 and N26. On 17 September 2011 routes D6, D7 and D8 passed to Docklands Buses.

On 25 February 2012, First Capital commenced operating route W14 and on 3 March 2012 route W15.

On 3 March 2012, route 309 passed to CT Plus and W11 to Arriva London.

CentreWest London Buses LimitedEdit

Operated seven bus garages. In June 2013 Alperton, Greenford, Hayes, Uxbridge and Willesden Junction were sold to Metroline and Atlas Road and Westbourne Park to Tower Transit.

Atlas Road (AS)Edit

Atlas Road garage operated London bus routes 28, 31, 328, 24-hour route 266 and night routes N28 and N31.

HistoryEdit

On 1 October 2011 this depot opened when part of Westbourne Park depot was closed to make way for Crossrail construction with operation of routes 28, 31, 328, N28 and N31 transferred. Atlas Road operated as an outstation for Westbourne Park, so buses were seen on Atlas Road routes and vice versa.

On 19 May 2012, First London commenced operating route 266.

Greenford (G)Edit

Greenford garage operated London bus routes 92, 95, 282, E1, E3, E5, E7, E9 and E10.

HistoryEdit

Greenford bus depot is part of a local council depot and was first used in 1993 as a midibus base. The opening of Greenford garage led to the closure of Hanwell, and in 1995 the garage was operating 110 midibuses. The standard fare of vehicles in the late 1990s were Renault/Wrightbus midibuses, and Marshall minibuses but both types had a bad reputation and did not last long. In recent years the allocation has been much diverse, ranging from Marshall Capital bodied Dennis Darts to Plaxton President bodied Dennis Tridents.

On 25 May 2002, route E6 passed to Wings.

From late 2003 until 14 March 2009 Ealing Community Transport operated route 195 from the Greenford depot using garage code EY.

On 26 May 2007, route E11 passed to NCP Challenger.

On 14 March 2009, First London commenced operating route 195.

On 13 November 2010, route 92 was transferred to this garage from Alperton (ON) garage.

On 13 November 2010, route 195 was transferred from this garage to Hayes (HS) garage.

On 2 July 2011, route 105 passed to Metroline.

Hayes (HS)Edit

Hayes garage operated London bus route 195, 207, 427 and night route N207.

HistoryEdit

On 9 April 2005, route 207 was transferred to this garage from Acton (AT) and Uxbridge (UX) garages.

On 15 March 2008, routes 427 and N207 were transferred to this garage from Acton (AT) garage.

On 13 November 2010, route 195 was transferred to this garage from Greenford (G) garage.

Alperton (ON)Edit

Alperton garage operated London bus routes 223, 224, 245, 487 and 24-hour route 83.

HistoryEdit

In November 2001, First CentreWest commenced operating 79.

On 6 March 2004, routes 226, PR1 and PR2 were transferred from this garage to Willesden Junction (WJ) garage.

On 6 March 2004, First London commenced operating route 487.

On 4 February 2006, route 258 passed to Arriva The Shires.

On 28 June 2008, route 487 was transferred from this garage to Willesden Junction (WJ) garage.

On 13 November 2010, route 92 was transferred to this garage to Greenford (G) garage.

On 13 November 2010, route N18 was transferred from this garage to Willesden Junction (WJ) garage.

On 26 November 2011, route 79 passed to Metroline.

On 28 April 2012, route 487 was transferred to this garage from Willesden Junction (WJ) garage.

Uxbridge (UX)Edit

Uxbridge garage operated London bus routes 331, 607, A10, U1, U2, U3, U4, U5 and U10.

HistoryEdit

On 16 September 2000, route 222 passed to London United.

Westbourne Park (X)Edit

Westbourne Park garage operated London bus routes 9 (Heritage), 70 and 24-hour routes 23 and 295.

HistoryEdit

When privatised Westbourne Park operated two routes operated by AEC Routemasters, 7 and 23. These were replaced by Dennis Tridents in July 2004 and September 2003 respectively. In November 2005 Westbourne Park commenced operating 9 Heritage with Routemasters.

In June 2000, route 70 passed to Thorpes.

In October 2000, First CentreWest commenced operating route 295.

In November 2000, First CentreWest commenced operating route 27.

In February 2003, First CentreWest commenced operating route 10.

On 15 November 2003, route 18 was transferred from this garage to Willesden Junction (WJ) garage.

In November 2004, First London commenced operating route 414.

In November 2005, route 27 passed to London United.

In 2006, an arson attack destroyed around ten buses.

In June 2007, routes 7 and N7 passed to Metroline.

In January 2010, route 10 passed to London United.

On 23 June 2012, First London commenced operating route 70.

Willesden Junction (WJ)Edit

Willesden Junction garage operated London bus routes 18, 187, 206, 226, 228 and night route N18.

HistoryEdit

On 15 November 2003, route 18 was transferred to this garage from Westbourne Park (X) garage.

On 6 March 2004, routes 226, PR1 and PR2 were transferred to this garage from Alperton (ON) garage.

On 6 March 2004, First London commenced operating route 187.

On 28 June 2008, route 487 was transferred to this garage from Alperton (ON) garage.

On 13 November 2010, route N18 was transferred to this garage from Alperton (ON) garage.

On 28 April 2012, First London commenced operating route 206.

On 28 April 2012, route 487 was transferred from this garage to Alperton (ON) garage.

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