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Peckham Garage

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Details: Several of the traditional London Transport bus garages have been closed and demolished to make way for retail and/or residential developments, this particularly affecting those in 'prime' locations. In Peckham, Thomas Tilling had opened a base on the High Street, referred to as 'Bull Yard'. Bombed during WW2, a large, new garage ('Peckham') was opened on the same location in 1951. This lasted until 1994 when it was flattened and the site used for a supermarket and bus station. The garage operations were moved about a quarter mile south to a former council depot on Copeland Road. Copeland Road is running up the left hand side in this view, the vehicle access to the depot actually being on Blackpool Road. Some covered accommodation for maintenance is available on two sides of the locations, but in common with most recent 'garages', most buses are parked in the open. Another feature of modern locations is that they are not really capable of holding all the buses that are allocated to them, although this is only really an issue on Christmas day. In 2016, the garage (which continued the Peckham name and PM code) had a peak vehicle requirement of 79 buses, spread across just four main routes (37, 63, 363 and P12). A good view into the location can be had from trains between Nunhead and Peckham Rye, these passing over the bridge near the top centre of this view. Note that parts of the location (the two sheds at the north (top) and one at the west (left)) are still used by other companies, and their vehicles would have to pass through the yard to gain access.

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