On 24 September 1983, Metrobus Ltd was formed by a management buyout of the London operations from the parent company, Tillingbourne. In 1999 it was acquired by the Go-Ahead Group, a major bus group (with its origins in the North-East of England) which also operates the Southeastern and Southern rail franchises.
Following the decision by Arriva to discontinue its operations in Crawley and most of Surrey, Metrobus purchased Arriva's premises in Crawley to develop a commercial bus network in the town. This led to Metrobus moving its headquarters to Crawley. In addition, Metrobus secured the tender to operate local buses in the Redhill/Reigate area.
On 8 December 2007 Metrobus assumed the operations of First Centrewest in Orpington which has been bought out by Metrobus following recent tender losses for First. The transfer which commences on that day, involves all the staff being transferred with all 35 buses based there. Several First vehicles were painted into a plain red livery before the transfer.
The main fleet livery is a light blue livery with a dark blue roof and dark blue skirt panels also with a dark blue lower dash panel, see image 1.
There is a special Crawley variation for buses that operate in and around crawley. This also has a light blue base with a dark blue roof which swoops down at the front with a white stripe separating the roof and light blue base. It also has a light blue lower dash panel, see image 2.
The London livery is all-over red with silver fleetnames on the side and white fleetnames on the front although many have all white and all silver fleetnames. Earlier variations included the original Metrobus colours of dark blue and yellow which gradually got reduced due to TfLs livery requirements until all-over red was adopted.
The Fastway livery is a silver base with navy blue curtrail panels and a navy blue lower front panel.
Driver training vehicles are painted red and blue.
In the early 1990s, Metrobus operated their "Wealdsman" 746 service, as a complimentary service to the Surrey Hills weekend leisure bus network. Metrobus used a specially painted blue and yellow AEC Regal IV (RF-class) vehicle, for the long service between Bromley and Tunbridge Wells, connecting with other leisure services (London & Country Routemaster service 410 to Box Hill) at Westerham.
FORMER BUS DRIVERS' UNION PRESIDENT SENTENCED IN MANHATTAN FEDERAL COURT TO 33 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR EXTORTING OVER $600,000 FROM BUS COMPANY OWNERS.
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FORMER BUS DRIVERS' UNION PRESIDENT SENTENCED IN MANHATTAN FEDERAL COURT TO 33 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR EXTORTING OVER $600,000 FROM BUS COMPANY OWNERS
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