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Go Ahead London Central New Cross Bus Garage

Go Ahead London Central New Cross Bus Garage

Details of Go Ahead London's New Cross Bus Garage, including Address, Allocation and History.

New Cross Bus Garage

Operator: Go Ahead London
Subsidiary: London Central
Address: 208 New Cross Road, London, SE14 5UH
Garage Code:  NX
Opened:  1906
Vehicles Allocated: 171

Vehicle Types Operated

Alexander Dennis Limited Enviro200EV
Alexander Dennis Limited Enviro400
Alexander Dennis Limited Enviro400H
Alexander Dennis Limited Enviro400 MMC
MCV Evoseti
Wrightbus Eclipse Gemini 3
Wrightbus New Bus for London (NB4L)

Garage History

New Cross Bus Garage was opened by the London County Council in 1906 as the second-largest tram depot in London (Holloway was slightly larger).

Amid the 1926 General Strike in support of the miners, the tram crews at New Cross joined the picket lines resulting in the use of strikebreakers to ensure that trams kept operating.

On 7th May of that year, a crowd of around two and a half thousand strikers blocking the depot entrance were baton charged by the Police, resulting in what was described at the time as ‘Rowdyism in New Cross’ by the Kentish Mercury newspaper.

Following the formation of the London Passenger Transport Board in 1933, the London County Council relinquished control of its tram network to the new entity.

The LPTB decided to close the London Tram network and the last tram ran from Charlton to New Cross on Saturday 5th July 1952, with a large crowd of wellwishers at the depot to bid farewell.

The end of trams in London was not the end for New Cross Depot, as it re-opened on the following day as a motorbus garage, said to be the largest in London with capacity for 300 vehicles.

In the run-up to the privatisation of the London Bus network, London Buses was divided into 12 individual business units. New Cross garage was included in the London Central unit and operated under this subsidiary from 1 April 1989.

Privatisation saw the London Central unit purchased by Go Ahead Group in September 1994 and the garage continues to operate under this company.