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Blue Triangle[1] is a bus company operating services in East London. It is a subsidiary of the Go-Ahead Group and operates most services under contract to Transport for London. It is the operator of the East London Transit service.

Blue Triangle
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ParentGo-Ahead Group
Founded1988
HeadquartersBarking
Service areaEast London
Service typeBus operator
Routes27 (August 2017)
Depots1
Fuel typeDiesel
Websitewww.bluetrianglebuses.com

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HistoryEdit

 
Original Blue Triangle logo

In August 2002, Blue Triangle took over route 185 at short notice after London Easylink ceased trading.[2]

On 29 June 2007, Blue Triangle was purchased by the Go-Ahead Group.[3] The sale included eight Transport for London and nine Essex County Council routes and approximately 60 buses, but not the charter fleet which were retained by Roger Wright trading as The London Bus Company.[4]

GarageEdit

Barking (RR)Edit

In May 2016 a new garage opened in River Road, Barking. It initially opened with an allocation of 22 buses to operate route 147 but has a capacity for 155 buses. It was built on the site of a former Ford factory.[5][6] In July 2016, all of the routes and buses from Rainham garage were transferred.[7]

As at March 2019, River Road, garage operated routes 5, 15, 101, 104, 115, 147, 193, 276, 300, 346, 364, 376, 396, 608, 646, 648, 649, 650, 651, 652, 656, 667, 674, 679, 686, EL1, EL2, EL3 and N15.[8]

Former garageEdit

Rainham (BE)Edit

As at May 2015, Rainham garage operated routes 167, 193, 300, 347, 362, 364, 368, 376, 462, 498 , 608, 646, 648, 649, 650, 651, 652, 656, 667, 674, 679, 686, EL1, EL2 and W19.[9] On 27 June 2015, route 498 passed to Stagecoach London.[10] In July 2016 the garage closed with all operations transferred to Barking (River Road).[7]

Previous routes operatedEdit

Special vehiclesEdit

Blue Triangle owned a number of special vehicles including an ex Green Line AEC Routemaster, ex London Routemasters and AEC Regent III RTs for use on charter duties. These vehicles were not included in the sale to Go-Ahead Group and remain in the ownership of Roger Wright's London Bus Company.[18]

FleetEdit

As at May 2015, Blue Triangle's London services had a peak vehicle requirement of 131 buses.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 3770568 Blue Triangle Buses Limited
  2. ^ "No blinds needed, it's a 185" Buses issue 572 November 2002
  3. ^ Acquisition of Blue Triangle Buses Limited Archived 11 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine Go-Ahead Group 29 June 2007
  4. ^ Companies House extract company no 6304920 The London Bus Company Limited
  5. ^ oUr new garage based at River Road, Barking opened on Saturday 7 May 2016 Go-Ahead London
  6. ^ "Go Ahead's 7m new Barking garage" Buses issue 736 July 2016 page 25
  7. ^ a b "Short Hops" Buses issue 737 August 2016 page 27
  8. ^ [1] Go-Ahead London routes
  9. ^ a b Carr, Ken (May 2015). The London Bus Guide (5 ed.). Boreham: Visions International Entertainment. p. 113. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0.
  10. ^ Carr, Ken (May 2015). The London Bus Guide (5 ed.). Boreham: Visions International Entertainment. p. 122. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0.
  11. ^ Bus tender results Route 372 Archived 27 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine Transport for London 17 July 2008
  12. ^ Bus tender results Route 248 Transport for London 28 March 2008
  13. ^ Bus tender results Route 375 Archived 27 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine Transport for London 6 April 2009
  14. ^ Bus tender results Route 66 Transport for London 10 December 2009
  15. ^ Bus tender results Route 368 Transport for London 27 July 2010
  16. ^ Bus tender results Route 648 Transport for London 23 December 2010
  17. ^ Bus tender results Route 20[permanent dead link] Transport for London 21 July 2011
  18. ^ Welcome to The London Bus Company London Bus Company

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