Route History

 

Date of introduction
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
15.05.89
MB
ex other
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CRYSTAL PALACE - Crystal Palace Park Road - Penge - Anerley - Elmers End - Beckenham - Park Langley - Bromley South - Locksbottom - Orpington - GREEN STREET GREEN
New commercial service introduced by Metrobus but with just 2 return journyes Mon-Fri

26.03.90
MB
3sd
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CRYSTAL PALACE,Anerley Hill - Anerley - Penge - Beckenham War Memorial - Elmers End - Eden Park - South Eden Park Road - Park Langley - Bromley South - Locksbottom - Orpington - GREEN STREET GREEN
Route promoted to hourly service but with 2 hourly gaps at certain times and routeing altered as above

03.09.90
MB
ex other
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Service hourly throughout now

27.04.91
MB
4DMS
2DMS
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CRYSTAL PALACE,Anerley Hill - Anerley - Penge - Beckenham War Memorial - Elmers End - Eden Park - South Eden Park Road - Park Langley - Bromley South ,LOCKS BOTTOM (Sat) - ORPINGTON (MS)
Saturday service introduced

21.11.92
MB71+
9 DART
ex
ex

The hourly link between Farnborough and Bromley provided by routes 261 (Saturdays) and 361 (Mon-Fri) - and also journeys on peak hour route 471 between Green Street Green and Orpington - were withdrawn and replaced by changes to the 358 - whose eastern end was modified to what we know today. In order to serve Bromley town centre more effectively - the route was diverted via Market Square and Shortlands Road - instead of Westmoreland Road. Because this took the route under the low bridge at Shortlands - single deckers had to be used - and a batch of 9 Dennis Darts was ordered. Buses ran every 20 minutes during Monday to Saturday daytimes - with a new hourly evening and Sunday service. This represented a substantial increase over all the previous services that were replaced.

714

Seen at February 1993at Orpington K714 KGU
Dennis Dart Plaxton Pointer 8.5m

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04.94
MB
9 DART
ex other
ex other

The evening and Sunday service (except Sunday evenings) was enhanced to every 30 minutes

11.97
MB71+
8excel
8excel
4excel

Sunday evening service being standardised with Mon-Sat

502

Optare Excel at Crystal Palace 9-96

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18.05.02
MB61+
15DTslf
14DTslf
8DTslf

CRYSTAL PALACE - Anerley Hill - Penge,Kent House - Beckenham - Elmers End Green - Upper Elmers End Road - South Eden Park Road - Hayes Lane - Shortlands Road - Bromley Market square - Widmore Road - Kentish Way - ElMon-Friield Road - Bromley South - Bromley Common - Locks Bottom - Farnborough - Green Street Green - Sevenoaks Road - War Memorial - ORPINGTON STATION
The route was now under a short term contract with TFL staying with Metrobus

30.08.03
MB61+
15DTslf
14DTslf
8DTslf

New 5 year contract commenced


13.09.08
MB61+
15Scania
15Scania
8Scania

Contract renewal

Scania Omnicity 12.0m at Crystal Palace Bus Station

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14.09.13
MB61+
15Scania
15Scania
8Scania

Contract extended for two years

Extracted from 2014 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
19.09.15
MB61+
17MEC
17MEC
8MEC

Contract renewal with new MB Citaros

358 times

Operating Garages

MB Green Street Green
Changeover point Green Street Green Metrobus Garage (outside on the green)

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