Abellio opens brand new bus depot in Southall

Abellio London has opened its newest addition to the London bus network – a purpose-built bus depot in Southall, West London. The depot, which can accommodate 135 buses, began operating on Saturday 13 July.

 

The depot has six engineering workshops bays and has been built to the latest environmental standards, with eight electric car charging points. All vehicle maintenance for the buses will be undertaken at the new site.

 

New safety features have been built into the depot, with all vehicles fitted with the Mobileye driver alert system. This reinforces Abellio’s commitment to driver and passenger safety by alerting drivers to potential risks via an audible alarm.

 

The depot also houses an area where recruits on the Abellio bus driver apprenticeship programme can undertake driving assessments and tests. The scheme is delivered in partnership with Interserve Learning & Education.

 

Construction of the depot was delivered ahead of the original programme and within budget. Chancerygate managed the building of the depot on behalf of the Universities Superannuation Scheme.

 

Tony Wilson, Managing Director of Abellio London said:

 

The opening of the new bus depot is the culmination of many years work to develop a brand new, purpose-built facility for West London. The facilities in Southall are a significant investment into the local community, bringing hundreds of new jobs and improving services for thousands of customers across West London.”

 

Claire Mann, Director of Bus Operations at Transport for London said:

 

“This is a fantastic facility for Southall, with a garage designed to support the electrification of the bus fleet and new safety technology that will be intrinsic to our Vision Zero programme.”