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London Buses route 36

London Buses route 36 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between New Cross Gate and Queen's Park, it is operated by London Central.

London Bus route 36.jpg
OperatorLondon Central
GarageNew Cross (NX)
VehicleAlexander Dennis Enviro400
Peak vehicle requirement33
Night-time24-hour service
StartNew Cross bus station
Hyde Park Corner
Marble Arch
Edgware Road
Maida Hill
EndQueen's Park


London Central AEC Routemaster with route 36 branding

Route 36 dates back to 1911 when London General Omnibus Company commenced operating between Queens Park and Victoria. By 1934 it had been extended to Hither Green.[1]

On 24 August 1961, a gun and five boxes of ammunition were found under the rear seat of a 36A bus in Peckham garage. The gun was identified as that used to kill Michael Gregsten and wound Valerie Storie in the 'A6 murder case', for which James Hanratty was hanged.[2]

The 36B was cut back to Peckham and renumbered route 136 in March 1994.[3]

On 29 January 2005, route 36 was converted to one man operation with the AEC Routemasters replaced by Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs.[3]

Present dayEdit

It is one of very few routes still to cross central London, carrying people in to the centre from both ends of the route.[4]

On 9 February 2013, London Central retained the contract for route 36 with new and existing Alexander Dennis Enviro400s.[5] It is operated out of New Cross garage.[6]

Current routeEdit


  1. ^ Route History...36 Bus Talk April 2016
  2. ^ "Gun Found On Bus Was Murder Weapon" The Times 26 August 1961 p 6
  3. ^ a b Blacker, Ken (2007). Routemaster: 1970–2005. 2 (2nd ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. pp. 116, 166, 172. ISBN 978-1-85414-303-7.
  4. ^ Aldridge, John (January 2000). "Connex gains second route while Routemasters go on... and on, but what's going to happen to Red Arrow?". Buses. Ian Allan Publishing (538): 11.
  5. ^ "Route 36 - award announced 24 May 2012". Transport for London. 24 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  6. ^ Routes Go-Ahead London
  7. ^ Route 36 Map Transport for London

External linksEdit

  Media related to London Buses route 36 at Wikimedia Commons