Go Ahead London Orpington Bus Garage
Address: Farnborough Hill, Green Street Green, BR6 6DA | Subsidiary: Metrobus | Garage Code: MB | Opened: 1981 |
Vehicles Allocated: 144
Vehicle Types Operated
Alexander Dennis Limited Enviro200 | Alexander Dennis Limited Enviro400 | Alexander Dennis Limited Enviro400 MMC |
Mercedes Benz Citaro O530 | Wrightbus Streetlite
The site of Orpington Bus Garage was originally farmland before it was purchased for use as winter quarters for a fairground operator and also used as a lorry park.
Following the collapse of Orpington & District bus company, operation of its routes passed to Tillingbourne Bus Company, who created a subsidiary entitled Tillingbourne (Metropolitan) Limited. The subsidiary opened a bus garage on the site and commenced operations in June 1981.
In July 1983, two directors of Tillingbourne (Metropolitan), namely Gary Wood and Peter Larking, acquired the operations of the company via a management buyout, thus forming Metrobus Limited. As part of the new company, Orpington Garage was acquired in September of that year, along with the six vehicles on three routes it operated.
Following extensive gains via the route tendering process, along with commencement of sevferal commercial route, Metrobus Limited purchased Jasons Coaches, who operated from the neighbouring site and constructed a new, much larger depot in February 1993. Metrobus itself was purchased by the Go Ahead Group in September 1999.
June 2005 saw the demolition of the existing structures on the site and new garage and office buildings constructed, with expansion of the vehicle parking areas also achieved at the same time.
In April 2014, Go Ahead carried out a restructuring of its business, with all TfL operations passing to Go Ahead London, whilst non TfL operations passed to Brighton & Hove Buses, although both companies continue to use the Metrobus name.
At 03:30 on 22 November 2018, a large fire was discovered at the garage that went on to destroy 11 buses on the site. The fire was bought under control by 06:30 and staff on the site managed to resume full operation by 10:45 that morning.