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London Buses route 162 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Eltham and Beckenham, it is operated by London General

HistoryEdit

Route 162 commenced operating on 12 March 1994 between Beckenham Junction Station and Petts Wood Station via Park Langley - Bromley - Bickley - Chislehurst Gordon Arms - St Pauls Cray Road. The route was initially operated by Kentish Bus from their Deptford (LM) garage using Northern Counties Paladin bodied Dennis Darts. The route was introduced to replace Route 126 between Beckenham and Bromley, Route 161 between Bromley and Chislehurst and Route 161A between Chislehurst and Petts Wood.

On 28 July 1996, the allocation was transferred to Dunton Green (DG) garage.

On 27 September 1997, the route passed to Selkent operating from their Bromley (TB) garage and was converted to double deck using Leyland Titans.

On 3 November 1997, Alexander Dash bodied Dennis Darts were introduced.

On 8 November 1997, the route was rerouted southbound in Bromley after Bromley North Station via Tweedy Road and Kentish Way instead of East Street and Widmore Road.

On 17 March 2001, the route was converted to low floor single deck operation using Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs and was withdrawn between Chislehurst and Petts Wood, this section replaced by revised Route 273.

On 20 October 2001, the route was extended from Chislehurst to Eltham Station via Belmont Lane - Imperial Way - Molescroft - Domonic Drive - Edgebury - Green Lane - Southwood Road - Avery Hill Road - Bexley Road - Eltham High Street.

On 18 March 2006, the route passed to Arriva Kent Thameside operating from their Dartford (DT) garage with Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs introduced and the loop working via Bromley North Station was withdrawn in both directions.

On 19 March 2011, the route passed to Metrobus operating from their Orpington (MB) garage with brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts introduced.

In July 2014, the Go-Ahead Group restructured its bus operations, which included the transfer of Route 162 from Metrobus to Go-Ahead London.

On 19 March 2016, the route was retained by London General.

Current RouteEdit

  • Eltham Bus Station
  • Avery Hill
  • New Eltham Station
  • Chislehurst War Memorial
  • Chislehurst Station
  • Bickley Park Road (junction with Southborough Road for Bickley Station)
  • Bromley South Station
  • Park Langley
  • Beckenham Junction Station and Tramlink Forecourt

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