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Orpington depot taken over by Metrobus

GO-AHEAD’S Metrobus subsidiary is to purchases the Orpington operations of First London. The transfer, which involves seven routes and 35 buses, is scheduled for 8 December and has been cleared by Transport for London, on whose behalf the services are operated. Metrobus has long been one of the major operators in the Orpington area. Both companies have commenced a formal TUPE consultation concerning the transfer of around 130 First Orpington staff to Metrobus.

Adrian Jones, managing director of First London, says: "Orpington depot no longer fits within First’s proposed development plans for the London bus market, due to its geographic position in relation to our other depots to the north of the Thames. This is a strategic step towards First’s strategy of maintaining a successful, respected and efficient presence in London. We have no plans to curtail any of our other services within the London area."

The move follows the loss by First of contracts in the area in the first half of this year. The Orpington operations now run by First were set up in 1995 by its predecessor, CentreWest, at that time run by Peter Hendy, now TfL’s commissioner.

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