Metroline Overview

Timeline:

Late 1988/ early 1989: Metroline was born, when the running of the capital’s buses were separated into separate companies.

October 1994: Metroline was privatised, with an employee and management buyout.

July 1997: Metroline floated on the stock exchange. Metroline became Metroline Plc with Metroline Travel becoming a bus operating subsidary.

August 1998: Metroline purchased MTL London, as well as Scottish Citylink from National Express.

March 2000: Metroline was sold to a Singaporean company, DelGro Corporation.

January 2001: Metroline formed Aedart, a Dublin based bus company. Metroline became the first UK based operator to enter the Irish market.

April 2003: DelGro Corp merged with Comfort Group, forming the current owner ComfortDelGro

August 2004: Metroline purchased Thorpes.

November 2004: Metroline purchased E. H. Mundy Holdings Ltd, the owner of Armchair.

2006: The coaching side of Armchair was merged into Westbus.

January 2007: Armchair and Thorpes lost their individual identities as they were absorbed into Metroline.

June 2013: Metroline purchased 5 garages off First, which were also operated under a separate license, Metroline West.

2019: Metroline acquired SG, Lampton, the former Westbus base. Westbus then moved to Hayes.

September 2021: Alperton garage closed to make way for redevlopment.

Adapted from: https://www.metroline.co.uk/about/history