This new garage was built to replace two garages in Waterden Road, near Hackney Marshes, to allow development of the Olympic Parc. Demolition at the ParcelForce site began late in 2007 and by February 2008 the operation of the Stratford garage had moved to part of the new site. Operations from the other garage, known as Waterden Road, relocated initially to newly acquired and refurbished premises at Rainham, moving to the temporary West Ham site in May 2008.
Construction of the new garage took place immediately to the south of the temporary premises and the main garage structure was basically complete by the end of March 2009, at which time ParcelForce vacated their site further to the south of the garage that would become the bus parking area. By December 2009 the garage’s engineering and operating staff had moved in to the new building, joined by head office staff from Ilford in February 2010. Work on the parking, washing and fuelling area was completed in June 2010 when the contractors handed over the site.
The garage has very green credentials, using a number of measuers to recycle rainwater and reduce energy consumption, part of which includes a wind trubine. To see photos of the garage construction, click here.
As at March 2015 the garage has 20 Scania Omnicities, 133 Alexander Dennis ALX400 double decks, 28 ADL Enviro 400s, 26 ADL Enviro 200s and 10 Routemasters for the heritage operation on route 15. Routes operated are: 15 Heritage Service with Routemasters, 69, 97, 104, 115, 147, 158, 238, 241, 262, 323, 330, 473, D3