|A new garage was opened by Go-Ahead London on 25th March 2023 to replace the one at Plough Lane near Wimbledon. The new base (and it can hardly be described as a garage) is on Goat Road, Mitcham Junction and is reported to have been allocated the code GM. It is slightly annoying when garage codes get re-used. Obviously there is no chance of the current users mixing up the new use with that of a long-closed garage, but to many of us GM will always mean Gillingham Street Garage in Victoria. The new base is an open parking space with some portacabins, but does not have a fixed allocation. The 13 WHV double-deckers for route 280 and 8 SE single-deckers for route 470 are nominally allocated to Merton Garage. When Peter visited on 28th March, the base was virtually empty, containing just one bus and this van. Although not previously reported, it seems likely that this is a Go-Ahead London vehicle. The type, colour and registration region are all similar to other vans in the fleet. I have added it to the database although further sightings would be helpful.
Note the electricity pylon in the background. Plough Lane was notable for having one of these within its perimeter (as seen in 2007). The pylon at Goat Road is outside the garage but it is in fact on the same cable route as the Plough Lane one, running from Waddon to Summerstown.
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