|The new bus garage that Abellio London opened in Dawley Road, Hayes in April 2022 does not have any engineering facilities, perhaps as a result of planning limitations. Therefore a unit on an industrial estate on Rigby Lane has also been acquired. This is about half a mile south of the garage, and is on the same road that leads to the former First London and Metroline Hayes garage. The new location does not have an official allocation code (since it will never have an allocation of buses), but for the purposes of the LTSV database I have given it HRL.
When Derek visited on 12th July 2022, two single-deck buses were inside, both raised on portable hoists. It looks as though the building could hold three of four buses, but it only has the two doors shown here. Dawley Road's allocation includes a lot of double-deck buses, and I am not certain whether they can be accommodated here. The doorways look tall enough, but such vehicles could probably not be raised on hoists once inside. A curious feature was shown by looking at the location on Google Streetview. Both of the roller shutter doors have large notices at the bottom stating 'Stop - Height Restriction - Stop'. This would make sense if the bottom of the doors were still visible (at the top) when opened. However, as this photo shows, the doors do fully retract, meaning that the signs are no longer visible.
As to service vehicles, the images on Google show Ford Tourneo Connect minibus EJ57WVE parked outside, but Derek found only a single car. Peugeot 3008 car GF16PPV was anonymous apart from a notice in the windscreen showing 'Abellio - Recruitment Car'. It has been reported that the Rigby Lane base undertakes driver training work as well as engineering. A photo of the car will be included in the next batch.
|Photo date:||12/07/2022||Size:||Extra Large. View regular size|