Go Ahead London – Waterloo Bus Garage (RA)
Address: Cornwall Road, London SE1 8TE
Subsidiary: London General
Garage Code: RA
Peak Vehicle Requirement: 42
Vehicle Types Operated
Alexander Dennis Limited Enviro200 EV
The garage site, located in Cornwall Road, opened in 1951 as a bus stand for vehicles terminating at Waterloo Station during the Festival of Britain.
In the early 1980s, a scheme to house all of the Red Arrow buses, at the time operated from Victoria and Ash Grove garages, at the site was put forward. Planning permission was sought to establish a bus garage but, due to various delays and issues, this was not granted until February 1989. London Transport approved the scheme, and construction commenced later that year.
Waterloo garage opened in mid-1990, consisting of a fuelling facility, a bus wash, offices for supervisory staff and noise reduction measures to appease the local residents. From its opening, the garage was allocated all 42 of the vehicles operated on Red Arrow routes. This led to the garage becoming unique in London as it only operated from Monday to Friday.
With the closure of Victoria Bus Garage in 1993, the AEC Routemasters from Route 11 were allocated here, as they also operated from Monday to Friday, with one person operated buses from Stockwell Garage operating the Saturday and Sunday service.
2nd June 2002 saw the replacement of the incumbent Red Arrow fleet with London’s first examples of the Mercedes Benz Citaro O530G articulated buses. Space constraints on the Waterloo site meant that Route 11’s Routemasters were transferred to Stockwell to make room for the new vehicles.
Withdrawal of the articulated buses in September 2009 saw the fleet replaced with 12m rigid Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro vehicles. Following the successful trial of two electric BYD buses in 2013, Waterloo Garage underwent a conversion in early 2016, with the site reconfigured and electric charging points installed.
This rebuild led to the replacement of the entire vehicle fleet and in September 2016, Waterloo became London’s first 100% electric bus garage with the introduction of Alexander Dennis Limited Enviro200 EV buses to both of its routes.