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London Buses route 455 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Old Lodge Lane and Wallington, it is operated by London General.

HistoryEdit

Route 455 commenced operating on 28 September 1996 between Purley Old Lodge Lane and Wallington Shotfield via Purley Cross - Pampisford Road,Haling Park Road - Warham Road - South End - Park Lane - Wellesley Road - West Croydon - Reeves Corner - Purley Way - Sainsbury's - Purley Way - Galvani Way - Ampere Way - Franklin Way - Valley Park - Beddington Lane. Marlowe Way - Hillier's Lane - Croydon Road - Plough Lane - Mollison Drive - Forester's Drive - Sandy Lane South - Stafford Road - Woodcote Road - Manor Road - Woodcote Road as a Monday to Saturday service. The route was introduced to replace Route 450 between Purley and West Croydon and Route 255 between West Croydon & Wallington. The route was initially operated by Cowie South London from their Thornton Heath (TH) garage using Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Darts.

On 19 July 1997, the route passed to London Links operating from their Croydon (CN) garage using Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Darts.

On 7 December 1997, a Sunday Service was introduced.

On 2 March 2002, the route was retained by Arriva London and was converted to low floor operation using Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs.

In June 2003, the Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs were replaced by Wright Cadet bodied DAF SB120s.

On 3 March 2007, the route was retained by Arriva London.

On 19 December 2009, the route rerouted at Valley Park via Coomber Way and Beddington Lane to ASDA - now therefore double running via the Asda car park in both directions instead of Beddington Farm Road and Marlowe Way. At same time, the route was also rerouted southbound to serve Sainsbury's via Trafalgar Way and Drury Crescent matching the northbound routeing.

On 9 April 2011, the route was extended in Wallington to Station Forecourt.

On 3 March 2012, the route passed to Abellio London operating from their Beddington (BC) garage using Caetano Nimbus bodied Dennis Dart SLFs.

On 4 March 2017, the route passed to London General operating from their Croydon (C) garage using Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts and Optare Esteem bodied Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts.

Current routeEdit

Route 455 operates via these primary locations:

  • Kenley Canons Hill
  • Reedham Station
  • Wellesley Road Tramlink
  • West Croydon Station
  • Church Street Tramlink
  • Reeves Corner Tramlink
  • Waddon Road
  • Waddon Marsh Tramlink
  • Ampere Way Tramlink
  • Therapia Lane Tramlink
  • Beddington ASDA
  • Beddington
  • Roundshaw
  • Wallington Station Forecourt

External linksEdit

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