A look behind the scenes at the Ash Grove Community Day

Posted: 15 Apr 2017

Where: Ash Grove Bus Depot
Date: Saturday 22nd April 2017
Time: 11.00am – 4.00pm
Admission: £2 – proceeds to St Joseph’s Hospice

Ash Grove Bus Depot will be opening its doors to the public on Saturday 22nd April. HCT Group – Hackney Community Transport, Arriva and Transport for London will be welcoming local residents for a look behind the scenes at the depot, off Mare Street in the heart of Hackney, at their community open day.

At the event, which will be opened by Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville, visitors will be able to meet the people behind their bus service, find out how London buses keep the city moving and explore the depot – a real eye opener with something for everyone.

There’s plenty for children of all ages too - children’s activities – crayon colouring, a face painter and a balloon artist – even the opportunity to ride on a bus through the bus wash!

Visitors will also be able to ride heritage buses to and from the depot – there will be special services on Route 236 from the garage to Finsbury Park (timetable) . There will also be a special bus on Route 388 from Stratford City to Elephant and Castle calling at the depot (timetable). A special service on the original 6a and 6b routes from yesteryear will run from Hackney to Aldwych (timetable).

From 11am, visitors can:

  • Explore the depot
  • Meet our operations team
  • Enjoy children’s activities – crayon colouring, face painting, balloon artist
  • Ride special heritage bus services – to and from the garage
  • Ride a bus through the bus-wash, for only 50p!
  • Tour our operations control centre
  • See and ride on preserved London buses
  • Find out about Hackney Community Transport’s community work
  • And much, much more…

The community day is being held with the support of the London Transport Museum, to promote closer links between our community and the staff who run London’s bus service, which delivers over 6.5 million journeys every working day. All proceeds from the day will go to St Joseph’s Hospice – which cares for and supports people affected by serious illness.

Dai Powell, HCT Group Chief Executive said “We have been a part of the community in Hackney since our foundation as Hackney Community Transport in 1982. I am delighted to welcome visitors to our Ash Grove depot, helping them to find out more about us and get to know us better.”

Tony Akers, TfL’s Head of Bus Operations, said: “This is a great opportunity for our customers to get a look behind the scenes and to learn more about what we do and how we do it. We are also really keen to hear about our customers’ experiences and any ideas they have on how we can improve bus services in the area. There will be all sorts of activities on offer appealing to all ages and we look forward to welcoming people to Ash Grove bus garage.”

About Ash Grove Depot: Ash Grove depot first opened its doors in 1981, providing accommodation for 140 buses under cover, with space for another 30 in the open, plus engineering and office spaces. A special feature of the garage is the construction of the roof, which includes 10 triangular steel trusses, each weighing some 35 tons, and believed to be the largest trusses of the type ever installed in Britain.

Ash Grove is currently home to HCT Group, who operate a range of community transport services and a Learning Centre for people who are long term unemployed, CT Plus – HCT Group’s main operations arm, who run Routes 26, N26, 153, 309, 388, 394, W5, W12 and W13 form the site and Arriva – who operate Routes 48, 78, 106 and 254