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Thursday, 17 February 2011

Stagecoach London Plumstead Garage [PD]...New Enviro 400s

Today I visited Stagecoach's London Plumstead Garage in South East London. It was reported that three new Enviro 400s had been delivered to the garage, so I traveled all the way from North West London to this location, the journey took me the best part of three hours.
Stagecoach London 19744 LX11BBO
The Garage itself was opened in 1981 and was well sited to serve the growing Thamesmead area which was benefiting from the introduction of new services in and around the area. The purpose of the new garage was to replace the former Abbey Wood and Plumstead Garage which were smaller in size to this newer base which was built to hold up to 185 vehicles. When the base was initially opened it was made up entirely of Scania/MCW Metropolitans, however two years later in 1983 the allocation was completely changed to Leyland Titans, following the decline in their popularity yet again and many were shipped off around to other parts of the UK, including 21 to Reading Corporation. Upon its introduction, the garage housed 35 Articulated Mercedes Citaros on the Route 453 in 2003 until 2008, despite loosing the Route to London General in 2007.

Back to the purpose of the visit, I expected to see only one of these vehicles, however when I arrived there, there were in fact 4 of these new Enviro 400s. Another arrived into the yard with a dozen Stagecoach officials, who explained to me that these new Enviro 400s are due to take up duties on the Route 53 which runs from Whitehall to Plumstead Railway Station. They also explained that these Buses are leased through ADL themselves and they will have LX11 xxx Number Plates. They are not due to enter service until March this year. Interestingly these vehicles do not contain the conventional fire exits as with the other Stagecoach Enviro 400 examples in the provinces.

More Photos below: 

Stagecoach London 17215 V215 MEV

Stagecoach Officials stand by 19744 LX11BBO

Unidentified Stagecoach London Enviro 400 Trident 
Unidentified Stagecoach London Enviro 400 Trident 

Stagecoach London 36328 LX58 CCO

Stagecoach London 17959 LX53 JYY

Stagecoach London 17588 LV52 HFX

Stagecoach London 19744 LX11BBO Rear

Stagecoach London 19744 LX11BBO


John in Leyton
at: Friday, February 18, 2011 12:17:00 pm said...

Thanks for this.

There's no emergency exit because the vehicle has two doors. Some London operators still choose to have an offside Emergency Exit but it's not a requirement.

Jamaal says:
at: Friday, February 18, 2011 12:46:00 pm said...

Thanks for that John!

That one really had me thinking but it makes sense, in case of an emergency I can't really see all passengers on board rushing to use the offside emergency exit.


John in Leyton
at: Friday, February 18, 2011 12:57:00 pm said...

Sorry, before any comes along and corrects me - I should have said originally that it doesn't need an offside emergency DOOR. It'll have hammers inside for the offside - how long they last is another question. :)

at: Friday, February 18, 2011 5:51:00 pm said...

I have been looking forward to the introduction of these new buses since october 2010 when east london was going to order more omnicitys for routes 174 and 496 but im so glad stagecoach took over so we can now have some proper new buses on the routes instead of those uncomftable scanias.Do you know if north street are getting new buses?

Regards Sam.

at: Friday, February 18, 2011 6:50:00 pm said...

If NS do get new buses, There be wrecked in a day :/

Keep the good old alx 400s :D

at: Friday, February 18, 2011 8:46:00 pm said...

why do you think if NS got enviro 400s they would be wrecked in a day!?


at: Saturday, February 19, 2011 2:26:00 am said...

Because its Romford, Full of Chavs and Essex Tarts!

at: Saturday, February 19, 2011 12:36:00 pm said...

oh thanks im from Romford!!

Jamaal says:
at: Saturday, February 19, 2011 12:50:00 pm said...

It will yet remain to be seen if Romford can take care of their new buses.

I have a feeling they will


at: Saturday, February 19, 2011 12:59:00 pm said...

Is there any chance of a visit to Stagecoach Londons Rainham garage to see there new buses?

Regards Sam

Jamaal says:
at: Saturday, February 19, 2011 1:03:00 pm said...

Sam, the new Buses at RM are the same as the Enviro 400s above, I will probably visit RM when the E200s arrive later on in the year


at: Saturday, February 19, 2011 1:26:00 pm said...

ok thanks Jamaal, sorry about that!!

Regards Sam

Jamaal says:
at: Saturday, February 19, 2011 2:33:00 pm said...

No problem Sam


at: Thursday, March 17, 2011 12:29:00 pm said...

Will Leyton garage be getting any new Enviro 400's


at: Friday, March 18, 2011 8:06:00 am said...

Not being funny but why are you asking stupid questions to Jamaal about new buses. Why is Leyton getting new buses? Do you not realise there is a tender process when routes come up for tender where operators look to see if it is effective to run a route with new buses?

at: Friday, April 08, 2011 1:46:00 am said...

Not being funny, but with 1 more year until the 2012 olympics im sure 158 should/ is due to get new buses as they run thru to startford where the olypmics are going to be.. If you dont know 158's are kept in Leyton garage which is why im asking jamaal the question..

Do you not realise that??

Jamaal says:
at: Friday, April 08, 2011 8:45:00 pm said...

Don't worry yourself. All Buses in the Stratford Area/East London Area will get an update, whether that be a very extensive refurbishment or new Buses.

Jamaal :)

at: Friday, April 15, 2011 12:55:00 pm said...

Many Thanks Jamaal :D

Good Day

at: Friday, December 16, 2011 11:13:00 am said...

romford have a gd fleet of buses now

Zac Portman
at: Friday, December 16, 2011 2:03:00 pm said...

17215 is at TB now (I saw it on the 269)

at: Wednesday, January 04, 2012 7:07:00 pm said...

saw 16 in hybrid

George says:
at: Thursday, January 05, 2012 5:17:00 pm said...

Anonymous as you may not know there were a big batch of TEHs ordered for the 139 and 16 thats why you probably saw one if you want to know more check out the blogs recent CELF post dedicated to these new buses

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