As part of the Year of the Bus programme TfL and Go-Ahead London, opened the Stockwell bus depot on June 21st 2014.
The depot was open in April 1952 and ran just one service, 178 with 12 vehicles. Today the depot is home to some 170 plus buses, 68 of which are hybrid types. With 770 staff members and 16 routes including the high profile 11 Fulham Broadway-Liverpool Street service, using the New Routemaster buses.
Stockwell was easy to get to, aswell via the Victoria line tube service from King's Cross, in less then 20 minutes. I arrived in Stockwell from the underground, after getting a few local buses, ventured towards the depot. Upon arrival the sheer grandure of the structure takes you by surprise, its impressive, really impressive. The Go-Ahead and TfL staff were as ever friendly and very chatty, which helps and the display of buses inside, well it was just fantastic. Ranging from the 1910 B-Type to the YofB silver New Routemaster and the classic RT and RM vehicles. TfL are really thinking straight down the enthusiasts route of the great buses to parade within these open days. One surprise for me was the V3 Volvo Alisa twin staircase AVE (Alternative Vehicle Evaluation) being on display, also having a look around the bus. The interior reminds me of a latter West Yorkshire PTE interior, as it has the same yellow and browns, with the seat moqutte. Naturally I used both staircases, its interesting to think that in 2010 the same twin staircase has been built within the New Routemaster. As it was a family themed day all the kids from 4-86 were climbing in and out of the cabs, tweaking horns and flicking indicators. Face painting and a bouncy castle were also used, plenty of stalls selling Photos, books and models, plus the London Transport Museum were selling Year of the Bus themed merchandise.