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Derek Everson
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FF75014 EO12UDT

Location Link/s
Atlas Road (Harlesden) Garage

Date added to site
30/12/2017

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Details: The next four photos all show pairs of (almost) identical bus company vehicles. First up are two of London United's fleet of Ford Fiesta vans with FF14 (EO12UDT) to the fore and FF17 (EO12UGY) beyond, photographed on 2nd December 2017. These vans were officially renumbered to FF75014 and FF75017 in 2016 but only a couple of the London United service vehicle fleet have been physically renumbered so far. The location provides some interest as well, being Atlas Road garage in Harlesden. This location was opened by First London in 2011 to act as an overflow for Westbourne Park garage while the yard at the latter location was in use for Crossrail construction work. Given the garage code of AS, it was a stone's throw from PK, the small base inherited by London United from NCP Challenger and given the name of Park Royal. The actual location is something of a hinterland, Old Oak Common, North Acton and Willesden Junction being other potential names, although the latter two had already been used for other bus garages. Anyway, Atlas Road (AS) passed to Tower Transit when First London sold out, and was closed in June 2017 when the yard at Westbourne Park was re-opened. This could have been the end of the story but for London United being awarded the tender to operate trunk bus route 18 from November 2017. PK was too small for the quantity of buses needed, so they instead took over AS, moving the existing PK allocation across the road and adding a fleet of new Volvo B5LH buses for the 18 (a couple of which can be seen in the background). Just to make things confusing (!), London United assigned a new garage code of RP.

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