Plumstead bus garage open day is just the ticket for cancer charity

Route 53
The 53- seen in the days when it ran to Whitehall – is one of the buses that run from Plumstead garage

Plumstead bus garage is throwing open its doors next month as part of a charity fundraiser to mark its 40th anniversary.

The garage was opened by London Transport in 1981 to replace its predecessor on Kings Highway – now a DIY store – and another depot at Abbey Wood.

Now owned by Stagecoach, the garage still plays an important role in south-east London’s transport network, providing buses and drivers for the 53, 96, 122, 161, 177, 422 and 472 routes. From October 2 the garage will also run route 180, with new electric buses to come.

The open day, on Saturday October 30 from 11am-4pm, will raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and will show off old bus types that used to run from the garage as well as buses from other Stagecoach areas.

Ticketholders will be able to take mini-tours of the local area while shuttle buses will run to and from Woolwich Arsenal station.

Discounted tickets, including souvenir mugs and programmes, are available to buy online.

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