Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
15.06.68
TH
4RT
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THORNTON HEATH GARAGE - London Road - St James's Road - Lower Addiscombe Road - ADDISCOMBE Black Horse (Mon-Fri)
New Mon-Fri route which replaced withdrawn section of Route 50

1970 map
Extracted from 1970 historical map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
RT1868

RT1868 Thornton Heath Pond complete with lazy blind

This image available with the RT.RTL.RTW download at Bus Photos

31.10.70
TH
4SMS
3SMS
--

Converted to single deck One Person Operation

06.01.73
TH
4SMS
3SMS
--

THORNTON HEATH GARAGE - London Road - West Croydon - St James's Rd - Lower Addiscombe Rd - ADDISCOMBE Black Horse ( Mon-Sat )
Diverted via West Croydon

23.03.74
TH
5SMS
4SMS
--

THORNTON HEATH GARAGE - West Croydon - Addiscombe - ELMERS END GREEN ( Mon-Sat )
Extended from Addiscombe to Elmers End Green via 12A and 54.

SMS258

SMS258 West Croydon Bus Station

This image available with the
Single Deck download

28.10.78
ED71+
7SMS
7SMS
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THORNTON HEATH GARAGE - West Croydon - Addiscombe - Elmers End Green - Croydon Road - BECKENHAM JUNCTION ( Mon-Sat )
Extended via Route 54 from Elmers End Green to Beckenham Junction and allocation transferred to Elmers End (ED)

04.11.78
ED71+
7LS
7LS
--

SMS type replaced by Leyland Nationals.

LS140

LS140 West Croydon Bus Station

This image available with the
Single Deck download

25.04.81
ED71+
12LS
6LS
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PURLEY (Mon-Fri except evgs) - CROYDON AIRPORT (Mon-Fri evgs/Sats) Waddon - Thornton Heath - West Croydon - St James Road - Addiscombe - Elmers End Green - BECKENHAM JUNCTION ( Mon-Sat )
Mon-Sat extended via withdrawn Route 115 from Thornton Heath to Croydon Airport and further extended Mon-Fri except evgs to Purley.

1981 entry
 
27.04.85
ED71+
9LS
7LS
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PURLEY (Mon-Fri except evgs) - CROYDON AIRPORT (Mon-Fri evgs/Sats) - ELMERS END GREEN ( Mon-Sat )
Withdrawn between Elmers End Green and Beckenham Junction.

25.10.86
TC
9LS
5LS
--

Allocation transferred fro closed ED to Croydon (TC)

07.02.87
CM
9sd
7sd
--

Operated by LONDON COUNTRY SOUTH WEST Chelsham Garage

304

East Lancs - Dennis Falcon 304

This image available on Bus Photos page

27.07.91
CR
10sd
7sd
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PURLEY - ELMERS END GREEN ( Mon-Sat )
Extension from Croydon Airport to Purley revised to operate all day  Mon-Sat

315

Leyland Lynx 315

This image available on Bus Photos page

30.10.93
CR
7sd
8sd
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PURLEY - WEST CROYDON (Sun afts) - ELMERS END GREEN ( Mon-Sat )
Sunday afternnon service added between Purley and West Croydon - all journeys run via Purley Way Sainsbury's

29.10.94
CR
7sd
8sd
2sd
dd  
2dd
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--

PURLEY - ELMERS END GREEN
Daily service now

04.02.95
CR
7sd
8sd
2sd
dd  
2dd
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--

Operated by Londonlinks

LL162

Plaxton PointerDart 162

This image available on Bus Photos page

London & Country 629 at Thornton Heath Pond

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09.06.97
CR
7sd
8sd
4sd
dd  
2dd
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--

New timetable commenced ( map below included )

289 map
30.08.97
CR51+
9sd
9sd
7sd

Start of new contract

02.09.00
BF
9PDL
9PDL
7PDL

Converted to low floor single deck operation.


03.09.05
CN101+
8PDL
9PDL
9PDL
dd
106/10
2DW
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--

New Contract retained by Arriva London South (CN)

DW53

A double decker is often found on this route as shown here by DW53

This image available on Bus Photos page

10.03.07
TH271+
10PDL/DDL
9PDL/DDL
9PDL/DDL

Allocation moved to Thornton Heath (TH)

PDL19

PDL19 void of company colours London Road - West Croydon

This image available on Bus Photos page

05.02.11
TH271+
10PDL/DDL
9PDL/DDL
9PDL/DDL

PURLEY - ELMERS END STATION
Withdrawn from the terminal at Croydon Road and diverted via Elmers End Road and St Margarets Road to terminate at Elmers End Rail and Tram Station

DWL9

DWL9 West Croydon

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01.09.12
TH271+
10ENX
9ENX
9ENX

Contract renewal

02.09.17
TH271+
10ENX
9ENX
9ENX

Contract extended for two years
Diversion via Sainsburys at Wadon withdrawn, buses run direct via Purley Way now

Operating Garages

ED Elmers End
Changeover at Elmers End Green

TH Thornton Heath
Changeover at garage

CN Croydon
Changeover at Londonlinks Croydon Changeover was Purley Way - Sainsburys via a ferry Car/Bus

CM Chelsham
Changeover at ?

 

289 times live stands Tender Specs Route 289 fares

 

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