Job losses as Upton Park bus depot closes

Upton Park Bus Depot is set to close this autumn to cut costs, causing “a small number of redundancies” and anxiety among drivers who will be distributed to �other garages.

The garage in Redclyffe Road, which has 200 buses, was set to celebrate its 105th birthday in 2012. Stagecoach London, the �operator in conjunction with the East London Bus Company, �confirmed that it intends to shut the station on September 16.

Drivers were informed last week that their routes will be shared out between depots in West Ham, Barking and Bow.

A Stagecoach spokesman said there will be no driver redundancies but “regrettably, there will be a small number of �redundancies among our other workgroups.”

The company would be working with affected staff and their representatives.

Some drivers expressed concerns, saying that they lived as far away as Basildon and Upminster so it would take up to two hours to get to work early in the morning.

The spokesman added: “It is the best operational and financial �solution for our business, enabling us to reduce our operating costs and help ensure we have a strong business to compete for TfL �contracts and protect the jobs of our people as best we can in the future.”