We have over 2,200 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.
Go‑Ahead London companies now operate over 2,200 buses and employ over 7,000 staff operating from various sites in the capital. The companies operate in a regulated environment under contract to Transport for London (TfL), with contracts being awarded for five or seven years via a rolling tendering programme. We also operate a small number of routes for Surrey and Essex county councils and have a small garage in Luton which operates the dedicated Luton Airport Parkway shuttle service.
We are the largest London bus operator, providing nearly a quarter of London's buses, with our vehicles travelling 75 million miles annually on over 195 day, night and school routes.
Our visions and values
We currently have 16 garages across London:
- NPNorthumberland Park
- PLWaterside Way
- RRRiver Road
- MGMorden Wharf
- NXNew Cross
London boroughs that we operate from:
1. Barking & Dagenham
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).