Transport for London Bus Garage Open Days

Transport for London Bus Garage Open Days

Found 2nd Jun 2014
This year Transport for London and the London Transport Museum celebrates the ‘Year of the Bus’ - a series of engaging events, exhibitions, recreations and activities that will reconnect Londoners with their bus network and remind the world of the incredible role it plays in this great city.

Many of London’s bus garages will hold special open days to celebrate the Year of the Bus with historic vehicles, family fun activities, heritage displays and travel safety advice.

Confirmed bus garage open days:

Alperton Bus Garage

Date: Saturday 7 June
Time: 10.00-17.00
Location: Alperton Bus Garage, 330 Ealing Road, Wembley, HA0 4LL

Stockwell Bus Garage

Date: Saturday 21 June
Time: 10.00-17.00
Location: Stockwell Bus Garage, Binfield Road, Lambeth, SW4 6ST

Designed and built in the 1950s by Adie, Button and Partners, Stockwell bus garage is recognised as one of the most important modernist buildings in London. See inside this remarkable bus garage and find out what makes it so noteworthy at this special bus garage open day as part of Year of the Bus 2014. Along with the opportunity to ride a bus through the bus wash, and see some fine examples of heritage buses, including the museum’s recently restored B-type bus, there will also be a mobile exhibition, a bouncy bus, and a range family fun activities.

Fulwell Bus Garage

Date: Saturday 28 June
Time: 10.00-17.00
Location: Wellington Road, Twickenham, TW2 5NX

Potters Bar Bus Garage

Date: Saturday 5 July
Time: 10.00-17.00
Location: High Street, Potters Bar Hertfordshire, EN6 5BE

Walworth Bus Garage

Date: Saturday 19 July
Time: 10.00-17.00
Location: 301 Camberwell New Road, Southwark, SE5 0TF

Dartford Bus Garage

Date: Sunday 7 September
Time: 10.00-17.00
Location: Central Road, Dartford, DA1 5BG

** Update on 05/06/2014 for Alperton Bus Depot (thanks to xyz123): Metroline website seems to indicate Admission is by programme with proceeds being donated to charity. Admission is £2?…ay/

Learn about the history and future of London's buses in a mobile exhibition
View old preserved vehicles
See behind the scenes in the maintenance area
Take part in a family safety activity
Pick-up a free children's activity pack
Get up close and personal to the museum's 'Tickets Please!' collection
Visit the pop-up shop to buy gifts and memorabilia
Admission is £2, and of course, there will be bus rides on a vintage bus, which will go via Harrow-on-the-Hill or to view Metroline's Central Engineering and Logistics Facility at West Perivale. Rides run from 10.45am - 3.30pm.
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there are some good events at the link.

not sure that i'd want to attend a bus garage though - my local one is walworth is just a big shed.
Heat for the freebie, however with pollution levels in London visit to bus garage might be quiet an experience of true toxicomania
"Year of the bus", thought that referred to how long it took on a Bus to get from A to B via the rest of the alphabet!
Oi Butler. Never mind bleedin' bouncy buses and fundays. GET THAT BUS OUT!!!!
World Cup Routemasters for London


...Adidas are the first brand to use this medium, which will only be available throughout 2014 to tie in with Transport for London’s ‘Year of the Bus’, celebrating 100 years since the launch of the world’s first mass produced motor bus and 60 years since the creation of London’s iconic Routemaster.

There are five different livery versions of the New Routemaster, with one vehicle representing each of the participating countries, a total of 32 in all...

Edited by: "seb" 3rd Jun 2014
p.s. - siquass.

we need a few more billboards like this.

Writing is on the wall for air pollution thanks to air-cleansing poem

•Specially treated material, devised by the University of Sheffield, removes harmful nitrogen oxide from the atmosphere

•Poster will absorb the pollution from 20 cars every day

•Smog-busting poem by renowned writer Simon Armitage is called In Praise of Air

•Cheap material could be used on billboards alongside congested roads to cut pollution...


the mayor of london has been experimenting with similar technology embedded in pavements but i don't think it has been overly successful so far.
Edited by: "seb" 3rd Jun 2014

there are some good events at the link.not sure that i'd want to attend a … there are some good events at the link.not sure that i'd want to attend a bus garage though - my local one is walworth is just a big shed.

when I was a kid i went to the open day at Acton tram depo (which sadly despite being a listed building was knocked down and turned into some ugly over priced flats).

Acton tram depo was just a big L shaped shed, home to the 207 buses. The event had market stalls selling TFL related things ( I got a corgi toy bus which I still have) there was balloons and face painting for the kids, a bus that was an art gallery inside featuring work from local artists which were for sale and I got to have a free ride on a classic bus from the early 1900s late 1800s which was taking people on a 15 min ride up the road and back while a conductor told everyone about the history of the bus, and everyone could get a bus ticket from the original ticket machine he was carrying for about 2p or 1p each I forget how much but it was just to simulate the feeling of using the bus back in those days, not sure what happened to my ticket tho.

it was worth going to, if you are in walking distance to one of them garages you might as well have a look.

Edited by: "Segata-Sanshiro" 3rd Jun 2014
One at Alperton is not free. It is £2.50 to enter.

One at Alperton is not free. It is £2.50 to enter.

The thieving "bus"tards!
bonhams - Lot 1242 - auction - 14th june - 1922 Tilling-Stevens TS3A Petrol-Electric Open top Double Deck Bus
Registration no. XL 1204
Chassis no. TS3A 2559
Engine no. 2174...

guide price

£90,000 - 110,000

€110,000 - 140,000…42/

Edited by: "seb" 7th Jun 2014
London's New Routemaster

Tony Lewin

Foreword by Thomas Heatherwick

Few things are as synonymous with London as its famous red buses, thousands of which carry millions of passengers a year on hundreds of separate routes.

Yet since the withdrawal from service of the much-loved Routemaster in the mid-2000s, none of its replacements has succeeded in generating the same kind of affection among the travelling public.

Now, however, the stylish, Thomas Heatherwick-designed New Routemaster looks set to recapture the imagination of Londoners and visitors alike.

In London's New Routemaster, automotive expert Tony Lewin tells the remarkable and compelling story of this, the latest incarnation of the London bus, from its very public genesis in 2008 to its first scheduled journey in 2012..

Edited by: "seb" 7th Jun 2014
The one at alperton was free, they were just charging for programs.

I went with my son, they had a few old buses you could climb on the oldest was from the 30s or 40s, there were stalls selling bus memorabilia like tea towels etc and classic bus corgi toys. There was a bus driving simulator my son very much enjoyed and he got a free pack of crayons and some colour in diy cardboard buses and some free old fashioned bus tickets. We also went on a free bus ride on a routemaster that took us upto and inside the metroline repair shop in Perivale, its a bit odd being on a bus being driven round inside a big shed full of bashed up and fire damaged buses.

it was worth going.

That looks rather like the bus I went on at the acton tram depot open day years ago, that was a delicate rickety little carriage type thing with seats made of wooden slats.


bonhams - Lot 1242 - auction - 14th june - 1922 Tilling-Stevens TS3A … bonhams - Lot 1242 - auction - 14th june - 1922 Tilling-Stevens TS3A Petrol-Electric Open top Double Deck Bus Registration no. XL 1204 Chassis no. TS3A 2559Engine no. price£90,000 - 110,000€110,000 - 140,000


Our Hut:

Architecture Routemaster Bus Tour

14 June | 13:45 - 16:30

Stockwell Bus Garage, Binfield Road, SW4 6ST

Our Hut are running an architectural Routemaster bus tour on Saturday 14th June, leaving Stockwell Bus Garage at 1.45 and returning around 4.30. The tour is in conjunction with Our Hut's current project, A Space for Flowers which is about New Covent Garden Flower Market, and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

We will be stopping en route at New Covent Garden Flower Market, Vauxhall and Smithfield Market to draw and photograph the buildings. The tour is free and all drawing materials are provided, but places must be booked in advance at To book please email Our Hut and let us know how many adults and children you would like seats for,8
Edited by: "seb" 12th Jun 2014

Today, on 12 June 2014, London Transport Museum unveiled a restored double deck open top B-type bus as part of its commemorations of the First World War.

The B-type bus No. B2737, resplendent in its red and cream livery, and featuring advertisements from the pre-war era - including Camp coffee, Veno’s cough medicine and Wright’s coal tar soap...…nch…dar

Edited by: "seb" 12th Jun 2014
my local bus garage is open for visitors today.

visitors to Walworth Bus Depot will get the chance to

Take a free trip on vintage buses from Walworth Bus Depot to Dulwich, with departures every 20 minutes.

In addition a special vintage bus service will operate on route 100 between Elephant & Castle and Shadwell

View a wide selection of heritage vehicles including London Transport Museum's newly restored B-type bus

Jump up and down on the bouncy bus

Take a ride through the bus wash

Go on a 'behind the scenes' tour of the engineering and operations function of the depot

View the Year of the Bus mobile exhibition which tells the story of the London Bus and looks to its future

Take part in family activities about how to use the transport system safely and responsibly with the Transport for London (TfL) Safety and Citizenship team and pick up your free bus-themed family activity sheets.

Find out more about a career with Abellio as a bus driver - a recruitment bus will be on site for anyone interested in finding out more

View model railways from the Southwark Model Railway Club

Browse the London Transport Museum pop-up shop selling exclusive Year of the Bus gifts, and stalls selling bus-related merchandise and memorabilia...…uly
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