London Buses route 75
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|Vehicle||Alexander Dennis Enviro400H 10.2m|
|Peak vehicle requirement||13|
|Length||9 miles (14 km)|
|Journey time||35-65 minutes|
|Operates||04:00 until 02:06|
Route 75 commenced operating on 15 December 1912 as a daily route between the Woolwich Ferry and South Croydon operated by Tillings Bus Company. The route was acquired by the London General Omnibus Company and extended from Croydon to Caterham Valley.
In 1950, route 75 worked from Woolwich Ferry by way of Charlton, Blackheath and Lee Green. AEC Regent III RT buses were used. In 1960 the route was extended, on weekdays only, to South Croydon, from West Croydon station. In 1983 it converted to one man operation, using Leyland Titans.
In 1991, route 75 was withdrawn between Woolwich and Blackheath and, later in the same year, ceased operating to Blackheath, being diverted to Lewisham station to terminate, additionally there was an extended Saturday shopping hours service to Surrey Quays. The route was also diverted in Sydenham, running to Woolstone Road and Mayow Road instead of the original Bell Green. In 1994 beyond Lewisham was abandoned to make the more or less current route of West Croydon to Lewisham, although, in that year, it was converted to single decker operation. In 1997 double deck operation resumed with Volvo Olympian. In 2002, the route was extended to Croydon Fairfield Halls.
In November 2005 and February 2006, three cases of sexual assault were reported to have occurred on the route.
- David A. Ruddom, Motor omnibus routes in London: November 1908 to December 1912, 2
- Route 75 Archived 27 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine busesatwork.co.uk
- Broad daylight sex assault on bus 75 Archived 30 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine This Is Local London
- Bus tender results Transport for London 15 September 2008
- Major Routes Retained & First New Bus for London Stagecoach
- Tender News BusTalk (Go-Ahead London) issue 24 October 2013
- Chesters, Laura (26 August 2014). "Stagecoach growth hit by worsening London traffic jams". Evening Standard. Retrieved 28 August 2014.