London Buses route R70 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Hampton and Richmond, it is operated by Abellio London.
Route R70 commenced operating on 7 April 1990 between Richmond Dee Road and Hampton Nurserylands Estate via Richmond Station-wickenham - Fulwell - Hampton Hill - Broad Lane - The Avenue - Buckingham Road - Acacia Road - Nightingale Road. The route was initially operated by London United from their Fulwell (TF) garage using Duple Dartline bodied Dennis Darts. The route is a renumbering of route 270 and was introduced to replace the withdrawn section of route 33 between Fulwell and Nurserylands.
On 12 November 1990, the Monday to Saturday service was extended along Lower Mortlake Road in Richmond to Raleigh Road.
On 10 April 1992, the Monday to Saturday service was extended to Manor Road.
On 9 May 1992, the route was extended from Hampton to Hanworth and school day journey was introduced using a MCW Metrobus.
On 29 January 1994, a new loop operation was introduced at Hampton.
On 15 November 1997, the school day journeys were extended from Richmond to Chiswick.
On 29 August 1998, the route was converted to low floor operation using Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs.
On 6 September 1999, the route was withdrawn between Richmond and Chiswick.
On 19 August 2000, the route passed to Tellings Golden Miller operating from their Fulwell (TF) garage using Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs but the double deck school day journeys remained at London United and was transferred to Hounslow Heath (HH) garage.
On 25 June 2005, the double deck school day journeys were withdrawn.
On 3 September 2005, the route was included in the sale of Tellings Golden Miller to Travel London.
On 21 May 2009, the route was included in the sale of Travel London to Abellio London.
On 26 June 2010, the route was retained by Abellio London with brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts introduced.
On 24 June 2017, the route was retained by Abellio London.
In September 2017, the Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts were replaced by brand new Enviro 200 MMC bodied Alexander Dennis E20Ds.
Route R70 operates via these primary locations:
- Hampton The Avenue
- Hampton Hill High Street
- Fulwell Station
- Richmond Station
- Richmond Homebase