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London Buses route 109

London Buses route 109 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Croydon and Brixton, it is operated by Abellio London.

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Abellio London 2498 on Route 109, Croydon Park Street (15796556824).jpg
Overview
OperatorAbellio London
GarageBeddington Cross (BC)
VehicleAlexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC
Peak vehicle requirement25
Night-timeNight Bus N109
Route
StartCroydon
ViaThornton Heath Pond
Norbury
Streatham
EndBrixton
Service
LevelDaily

HistoryEdit

 
Arriva London Wright Eclipse bodied DAF DB250 in September 2013

Route 109 commenced operating on 8 April 1951 as a circular Purley - West Croydon station - Streatham - Elephant & Castle - Victoria Embankment - Westminster - Kennington - Norbury - Croydon - Purley route operating in both directions. It replaced tram routes 16 and 18, operating from Brixton and Thornton Heath garages with AEC Regent III RTs.[1][2]

From 16 October 1957 it ran between Purley High Street and Victoria Embankment. On 23 January 1966, the Sunday service was withdrawn with the exception of a few early morning journeys operated by Thornton Heath garage. On 31 October 1970, these journeys were converted to one-man operation (OMO) using single-deck AEC Swifts, with subsequent conversion to double-deck Daimler Fleetline operation from 23 March 1974.[3]

On 3 February 2001, it was converted to low floor operation with Alexander ALX400 bodied DAF DB250s. Upon being re-tendered, Arriva London successfully retained with new contracts commencing on 1 February 2003 and 30 January 2010.[4][5] On 31 March 2012, route 109 was transferred from Thornton Heath to Brixton garage.[3]

Upon being re-tendered, route 109 was awarded to Abellio London's Beddington Cross garage from 31 January 2015.[6][7][8][9]

Current routeEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kevin McCormack (2015). The Colours of London Buses 1970s. Pen and Sword Books. p. 98. ISBN 1473837774.
  2. ^ "Further South London Tram Conversion" Railway Gazette 16 Match 1951 page 311
  3. ^ a b Ian Armstrong (10 April 2015). "Route History".
  4. ^ "Route 109 - award announced 14 September 2009". Transport for London. 14 September 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  5. ^ Latest tender news is a boost for Arriva Arriva London 14 September 2009
  6. ^ Bus tender results Transport for London 17 April 2014
  7. ^ "Abellio continues its winning streak" Buses Magazine issue 711 June 2014 page 19
  8. ^ Tender News Bus Talk issue 28 June 2014
  9. ^ Services in London Abellio
  10. ^ Route 109 Map Transport for London

Further readingEdit

External linksEdit

  Media related to London Buses route 109 at Wikimedia Commons