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Go Ahead London General Putney Bus Garage -AF

Go Ahead London General Putney Bus Garage -AF

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

Putney Bus Garage

Operator: Go Ahead London
Subsidiary: London General
Address: Chelverton Road, London SW15 1RN
Garage Code:  AF
Opened:  1912 (Current Build: 1985)
Peak Vehicle Requirement: 103

Vehicle Types Operated

Alexander Dennis Limited Enviro200
Alexander Dennis Limited Enviro200 MMC
Alexander Dennis Limited Enviro200EV
MCV EvoSeti
Wrightbus Eclipse Gemini 2
Wrightbus Eclipse Gemini 3
Wrightbus StreetLite

Garage History

Putney Bus Garage can claim to be home to buses since 1888 when the London General Omnibus Company opened stables and garage facility for its horse bus operation in the area. The garage was subsequently rebuilt during the conversion to motorbus operation in 1912.

Chelverton Road was rebuilt again in 1935/6, with new office facilities, new staff accommodation and a new entrance with the remaining buildings on the site undergoing modernisation. The garage became the first in London to operate the AEC Regent III class, commencing in 1939 whilst during World War II, under-utilisation saw the garage become a store for de-licensed vehicles.

With the closure of the nearby Putney Bridge (F) garage in 1958, Chelverton Road garage was renamed Putney in 1963.

29 June 1984 saw the introduction of the London Regional Transport Act which necessitated the formation of an arms-length subsidiary company, London Buses Limited. It was under this company that Putney was again modernised in 1985.

Initially, bus services continued as before but, on 1 April 1989, London Buses was divided into 12 individual business units to prepare for the sell-off to private companies. Putney Garage and its routes were allocated to the London General business unit, responsible for routes in the South West area of London.

The London General business unit was purchased by its management in 1994, however, this only lasted for two years before the business was sold on to the Go-Ahead Group, who still operate the garage today.