Route History

 

181 FARES

Date of introduction
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
27.10.84
TL81+
4LS
4LS
--
LOGO New contract


LEWISHAM Bus Station - Lewisham High Street - Courthill - Hither Green Lane - Torridon Road - Sandhurst Road - Sangley Road - Bromley Rd - Bellingham - Southend Lane - LOWER SYDENHAM Bell Green ( Mon-Sat )
NEW Mon-Sat OPO Route: Replaced Mon-Sat section of withdrawn 180 between Catford and Lower Sydenham and also served new Roads between Lewisham and Hither Green.

03.08.85
TL81+
6LS
6LS
2LS

SURREY DOCKS STATION ( Mon-Sat ) - Trundleys Road - New Cross - Lewisham Way - LEWISHAM Bus Station (Suns) - Hither Green - Catford - Bellingham - LOWER SYDENHAM Bell Green
MS extended from Lewisham to Surrey Docks via Trundleys Road replacing withdrawn section of Route P5 - Sunday service introduced between Lewisham and Lower Sydenham - thus Route 180 withdrawn between Catford Garage and Lower Sydenham on this day.

LS425

LS425 Bell Green stand ?

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06.06.87
TL81+
8LS
7LS
LS ex 108B

ROTHERHITHE TUNNEL (MS except evgs) - Salter Road - Redriff Road - SURREY DOCKS STN ( Mon-Sat ) - LEWISHAM Bus Station (Suns) - Hither Green - Catford - Perry Hill - Bell Green - Southend Lane - BELLINGHAM Catford Garage
MS (except evgs) extended from Surrey Docks to Rotherhithe via Route 70. and rerouted at Catford via Route 75 to Lower Sydenham replacing withdrawn section of Route 108B and then onto Catford Garage via Southend Lane thus withdrawn between Rushey Green and Catford Garage direct via Bromley Road.

29.07.89
TL91+
6SR
6SR
SR ex 160

LEWISHAM Bus Station - Hither Green - Catford - Lower Sydenham - Southend Lane - BELLINGHAM Catford Garage
Converted to midibus and withdrawn between Lewisham and Rotherhithe. The withdrawn section replaced by new midibus route 225.

03.02.90
TL91+
6SR
6SR
SR ex 108B

Sunday service now joint with Route 108B instead of Route 160.

SR70

SR70 Lewisham

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19.01.91
TL91+
7SR/MW
7SR/MW
2SR/MW

LEWISHAM Bus Station - Hither Green Lane - Duncrevie Road - Springbank Road - Torridon Road - Catford - Lower Sydenham - Southend Lane - BELLINGHAM Catford Garage
Rerouted southbound at Hither Green via Duncrevie Road and Springbank Road

MW16

MW16 seen at ? - note the dot matrix blind

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12.02.94
LM
6midi
6midi
4midi
logo Operation transferred to Kentish Bus under tendering process operated by new Lewisham depot.

LEWISHAM Bus Station - Hither Green Lane - Duncrevie Road - Springbank Road - Torridon Road - Catford - Lower Sydenham - Southend Lane - DOWNHAM Old Bromley Road
Rerouted at Bellingham to Downham

25.02.95
BE
6midi
6midi
4midi

Allocation moved to a new base at Edison Road - Bromley

862

Optare 862 seen at Downham stand

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15.08.95
BE
6midi
6midi
4midi

Rerouted at Bell Green via Sainsbury's Savacentre

139

Dart 139 seen at Downham stand

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04.11.95
LM
6midi
6midi
4midi

Allocation moved back to Lewisham (LM)

27.01.96
MB91+
8sd
7sd
4sd
logo Contract reassigned
722

Plaxton Pointer dart 72
Lewisham Bus Station

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24.01.98
MB91+
8sd
7sd
4sd

Gradual conversion to low floor operation commenced.

17.03.01
TL71+
9SLD
8SLD
8SLD
logo Operation reassigned to Selkent (TL)

SLD309

SLD309 Lewisham Bus Station

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18.03.06
PH220+
11sd
10sd
7sd
logo Contract reassigned

LEWISHAM - Hither Green - Catford - Lower Sydenham - Downham - Downham Way - GROVE PARK STATION
Extended from Downham to Grove Park

03.06.06
MB220+
11sd
10sd
7sd

Polehill allocation transferred to Orpington (MB)


19.03.11
MB220+
11SCsd
10SCsd
7SCsd

Contract renewal

601

Scania Omnitown - East Lancs Esteem 601 seen at
  Grove Park bus station.

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12.01.13
MB211+
12SCsd
10SCsd
7SCsd

Running number sequence change

2014 map
Extracted from 2014 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
11.07.15
MB121+
13SCsd
12SCsd
9SCsd

PVR increase and running number sequence change

Current times for Route 181

Garages

TL Catford
Changeover point at
1991-1994 Garage

PH Polehill
Changeover point at Lewisham Bus Station

MB Green Street Green
Changeover point at Lewisham Bus Station

LM Lewisham
Changeover point at Lewisham Bus Station

Stands and turning points

Tender Specs  

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