We have over 2,400 buses on the streets of London.


London Central and London General bus companies were formed in 1989 in preparation for the privatisation of London Buses Limited.

Interestingly, both companies’ origins can be traced back to one of the original pioneers of bus operations in the capital, the London General Omnibus Company Limited (LGOC).

LGOC, or “General” as it was known, operated services throughout the capital and was absorbed into the new London Transport Executive in 1933. London Transport, famous for the red London bus, was segregated in 1985, becoming London Buses Ltd and London Underground Ltd.

Upon privatisation in autumn 1994, London Central was purchased by the Go‑Ahead Group, based in Newcastle, which itself was formed on the privatisation of Northern General Transport Ltd, previously part of the National Bus Company.

London General was initially purchased by an employee/management team, being subsequently acquired by the Go‑Ahead Group in the summer of 1996. These purchases were part of a policy of expansion by the Go‑Ahead Group which continues today.

Our visions and values

 We currently have 17 operating sites across London:

Replacement bus services

The company is also a specialist in the provision of rail replacement bus services, not only on behalf of Southeastern and Govia Thameslink Railway (members of the Go‑Ahead Group) but also for London Underground and London Overground Rail (LOROL).