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Saturday, 7 February 2015

Abellio London Beddington Cross [BC]...New MMCs for the 109

A visit to Abellio London's Beddington Cross garage was in order today, and for one reason only..The garage is home to Abellio London who are the remains of Connex and Travel London who were part of the national express group. We visited this location the last time it gained new buses back in June 2012 and we're back here almost three years later. The new buses come in the shape of the highly applauded Enviro 400 MMC model buses, of which 28 have recently been delivered. The new style Enviro 400s which in actual fact is just a face-lifted E400 (with a lot of 'major' changes) took up service on the recently won 109, which duly passed from Arriva to Abellio London on the eve of 30th of January 2015. 

The new buses, numbered between 2487 & 2513 have been received much praise from drivers and passengers alike with one driver, noting they are have a much smoother ride than the previous models operated, which allows them to accelerate quicker, although in the same breath, he also uttered they have been modified so that their top speed is limited.

The relatively small base was opened at the start of the Millennium in the year 2000 following the unexpected expansion of the unsettled Connex Bus who also ran the Southern and South Eastern Rail franchises at the time. The purpose built garage was built to house the route 3 which was won of London Ceneral in 1999. after a very long stint with the operator. 

The small base is comprised of two storage units as well as a compound which includes a bus wash amongst the other normalities you'd expect in a Bus Garage. From the compound visible, is the Metrobus Croydon Depot which is located literally across the road! That tied up with Arriva Garage TC which is only a short distance away makes for perfect competition across the whole Croydon borough especially at the time when tenders are submitted. 

Although not a purpose built depot, in its own right, the company Abellio, since taking over Travel London, who themselves took over the below-par Connex operation, have gone a long way to somewhat turning it into a base fit for a purpose, which is to win, sustain and retain work, this has become evident in the recent tender wins which has seen 455 and T33 won in recent years and more recently the 201 as well as the S3. The Route 109 is the latest of many to transfer here and without any further descriptive text, all the photos from the visit are placed below.

Abellio London E400 MMC YY64 TZA
Abellio London E400 MMC YY64 TZA
Abellio London 8820
One of the three sheds that makes up the Abellio Beddington Cross Depot
Abellio London 8831 YY64 YJN
Withdrawn Abellio 8016 BX04 DMO
Abellio London 8438
Another view inside the shed
Abellio London 8528 YX59 BYW
Abellio London 8502 LJ56 ONO
Abellio London  8505 LJ56 ONS
Abellio London 9066 & 8504 LJ56 ONR
Outside the storage facility
Abellio London 8524 YX59 BYS

Abellio London 8473 LF06 YRJ

Abellio London 9030 BX55 XMC
Abellio London 9025 BX55 XLW
Key Facts to note about Beddington Garage
  • Opened in 2000
  • Holds just over 100 Buses
  • Opened primarily to hold the route 3 that was won in 1999
  • Comprised of two separate units 


at: Sunday, February 08, 2015 9:07:00 am said...

Metrobus' depot is completly separate from Abellios one. It is on Beddington Lane whereas BC is in the industrial estate. Mitcham Belle actually used a yard which was recently used by a Scafolding company, not the Metrobus unit. Hope this helps.

at: Sunday, February 08, 2015 2:00:00 pm said...

will 9066 be repaired? the other bus which caught fire on the 407 was repaired...

at: Sunday, February 08, 2015 4:43:00 pm said...

Did you see 9031?

at: Sunday, February 08, 2015 10:43:00 pm said...

If you're talking about 9031 the fire was on the 152

at: Monday, February 09, 2015 6:34:00 pm said...

Did you see any Y-plate tridents there??

Exiled Bhoy in Fife says:
at: Thursday, February 12, 2015 6:05:00 pm said...

Think it's a tad wide of the mark to refer to the Enviro 400MMC as simply a face-lifted previous model Enviro 400. That's like referring to the new Ford Transit as a face-lift of the previous model.....the MMC is radically different from the original both externally and internally.

at: Saturday, March 14, 2015 6:41:00 pm said...

9073 has been missing since 03/02/15. Maybe it's Being refurbished.

at: Thursday, March 19, 2015 12:38:00 pm said...

Or maybe it was stolen but who would still a bus, where on earth could LF06YRG of gone.

at: Thursday, March 19, 2015 12:39:00 pm said...

Will 9066 (BX55XLV) come back into serivce again after that fire?

at: Friday, March 20, 2015 10:53:00 am said...

It has come back in service today.(20/03/15)

at: Friday, March 20, 2015 10:55:00 am said...

It's supposed to be refurbished. I'm not sure whether it's still at BC.

at: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 6:27:00 pm said...

Will you go to TC and TH? They are my favourite Arriva bus garages

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