London Sovereign RATP Group is a bus company in North London. It is a subsidiary of RATP Group and operates buses under contract to Transport for London.
Company History Edit
London Sovereign RATP Group can trace its roots back to independent Borehamwood Travel Services which ran a fleet that included ex-Kelvin Central MCW Metrobuses and Northern Counties Palatines bodied Leyland Olympians and a collection of other vehicles. In 1993 it won its biggest London Buses contract, to operate route 13 with leased AEC Routemasters in its orange livery. In August 1994, Borehamwood Travel Services was sold to the Blazefield Group's Sovereign subsidiary, with the two operations merged as Sovereign London. On 3 November 2002, the business was sold to Transdev, and renamed Transdev London Sovereign.
After London United was transferred to RATP as a result of the wider Transdev group's merger with Veolia Transport in March 2011, London Sovereign became Transdev's only London bus company. In March 2014, London Sovereign was sold to RATP and resumed trading as London Sovereign RATP Group.
Edgware (BT) Edit
Edgware garage was first opened by the London General Omnibus Company in 1925 with space for 24 buses, but there was plenty of room adjacent to the Underground station which had recently been built. In 1939 a new building was built next to the original building which was to become the new bus station, while the remaining open parking area was used to store vehicles for the trolleybus replacement program. In 1984 a new 100 bus garage was built on on the site of the long closed Edgware railway station at a cost of £4.5 million. In 1992 plans were made to close Edgware garage as Cricklewood garage was to become a fully functioning garage with new facilities. The outdoor parking area and the bus station then became a midibus base in 1993, with a new bus wash and light maintenance facilities provided in the yard.
In 1999, London Sovereign, having won some tenders for bus services in North-East London, took a 10-year lease on half of Edgware garage and invested in a new maintenance facility which was to replace its former base at Borehamwood. In late 2000, Metroline moved back into the other half of the garage, making it one of the few garages to be shared by two operators.
On 3 September 2011, London Sovereign commenced operating route 251.
On 1 September 2012, London Sovereign commenced operating route 605.
On 25 July 2015, part of route 183's allocation was transferred to Harrow (SO) garage and London Sovereign commenced operating route 326.
On 5 September 2016, London Sovereign commenced operating a school day journey on H14.
On 2 September 2017, route 605 passed to Sullivan Buses .
On 30 September 2017, London Sovereign commenced operating route 258.
On 1 September 2018, London Sovereign will commence operating routes 288 and 303 and at the same time, the school day journeys for route H14 will be withdrawn.
Bus types in use: Edit
- Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m (DE) for routes 251 and 326
- Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.2m (ADE) for routes 142, 258 and 642
- Alexander Dennis E40H 10.2m / Enviro 400 MMC (ADH) for route 258
- Scania OmniCity 10.8m (SP) for routes 618 and 619
- Scania OmniDekka 10.6m (SLE) for route 292
- Volvo B5LH 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 (VH) for routes 139 and H14
- Volvo B5LH 10.5m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 (VH) for route 139
- Volvo B7TL 10.6m / Vantage Power Hybrid Plaxton President (VLP) for routes 292, 618 and 619
Harrow (SO) Edit
Harrow garage opened in 1994. It is RATP Group's smallest London bus garage. The low roof beam across the middle of the depot building was raised to allow double decker's. The garage has a plot of land next to it, owned by London Sovereign, which is now used to park most of the single decker's due to the 183 allocation, which started on 24 July 2015. The 183 is split between Harrow and Edgware with the majority of buses at Harrow.
On 25 July 2015, part of the allocation for route 183 was transferred to this garage.
On 8 October 2016, a half hourly weekend night service was introduced on route 183 using 3 existing Scannia Omnicities buses.
On 6 January 2018, routes 398 and H17 were transferred from this garage to London United's Park Royal (RP) garage. The Edgware (BT) allocation for route 183 was transferred from Edgware (BT) garage to this garage at the same time.
On 27 January 2018, 2 Wright SRM's from Park Royal (RP) were transferred back to Harrow (SO) garage and were introduced on the weekend night service for route 183.
On 1 September 2018, London Sovereign will commence operating routes H18 and H19 and at the same time route H14 will be retained by London Sovereign and will be upgraded using double-decker buses.
Bus type in use: Edit
- Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m (DE) for routes H9, H10, H11, H13 and H14
- Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.8m (DLE) for route H13
- Dennis Dart SLF 10.2m / Plaxton Pointer 2 (DPS) as logistical spares
- Scania OmniCity 10.8m (SP) for route 183
- Volvo B5LH 10.6m / Wright SRM (VHR) for route 183