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
--
--

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
--
--

CRYSTAL PALACE  -  GREEN STREET GREEN ( Mon-Fri )
Service hourly throughout now

27.04.91
MB
4DMS
2DMS
--

CRYSTAL PALACE  -  LOCKS BOTTOM (Sat) - ORPINGTON ( Mon-Fri )
Saturday service introduced

21.11.92
MB71+
9 DART
ex
ex

CRYSTAL PALACE  -  ORPINGTON STN ( Daily )
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and 361 (Mon-Fri) - and also journeys on peak hour route 471 between Green Street Green and Orpington - were withdrawn and replaced by changes to the 358 - whose eastern end was modified to what we know today.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.

 

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

 

04.94
MB
9 DART
ex other
ex other

CRYSTAL PALACE  -  ORPINGTON STN ( Daily )
The evening and Sunday service (except Sunday evenings) was enhanced to every 30 minutes

11.97
MB71+
8excel
8excel
4excel

CRYSTAL PALACE  -  ORPINGTON STN ( Daily )
Sunday evening service being standardised with Mon-Sat

 

 

Optare Excel at Crystal Palace 9-96

 

 


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

CRYSTAL PALACE  -  ORPINGTON STN
New 5 year contract commenced


13.09.08
MB61+
15Scania
15Scania
8Scania

CRYSTAL PALACE  -  ORPINGTON STN 
Contract renewal

 

Scania Omnicity 12.0m at Crystal Palace Bus Station

 

14.09.13
MB61+
15Scania
15Scania
8Scania

CRYSTAL PALACE  -  ORPINGTON STN 
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

CRYSTAL PALACE  -  ORPINGTON STN 
Contract renewal with new MB Citaros

MEC66

© Eamonn Kentell

19.09.20
MB61+
17MEC
17MEC
10MEC

CRYSTAL PALACE  -  ORPINGTON STN 
Contract renewal with existing buses

Operating Garages

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

For further information please visit http://www.londonbusroutes.net/photos/358.htm

 

 

 

 

 

© Ian Armstrong 2020
Date of edit   Saturday, 26.09.20