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London Buses route 137 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Streatham Hill and Oxford Circus, it is operated by Arriva London.

HistoryEdit

Route 137 commenced operating on 3 October 1934 between Archway Station and West Wickham Wheatsheaf via Tufnell Park Stn - Kentish Town - Camden Town - Hampstead Road - Warren Street Stn - Great Portland Street - Oxford Circus - Marble Arch - Hyde Park Corner - Victoria - Vauxhall - Oval - Camberwell Green - Peckham - New Cross - Brockley Cross - Brockley Rise - Catford - Southend Road - Beckenham - Elmers End Green - Elmers End Road. It was initially operated by London Transport from their Catford (TL) and Chalk Farm (CF) garages using AEC Regents and AEC Regent STs. Prior to 3 October 1934, the route had been route 536.

On 7 November 1934, the Chalk Farm (CF) allocation was transferred to Old Kent Road (P) garage.

On 17 April 1935, the Old Kent Road (P) allocation was transferred to Chalk Farm (CF) garage.

On 8 April 1936, the route was withdrawn between Elmers End Green and West Wickham, this section was replaced by existing Route 78. The route was converted to full AEC Regent operation at the same time.

On 7 October 1936, the route was withdrawn between Catford Garage and Elmers End. At the same time, the Monday to Saturday service was extended from Catford Garage to Bromley and one am journey was extended to Westerham Hill.

On 13 January 1937, part of the allocation was transferred to Bromley (TB) garage.

On 24 March 1937, the Sunday pm service was extended fro Catford Garage to Bromley.

On 8 September 1937, the route was diverted at Hyde Park Corner to Clapham Common instead of Bromley - replacing Tram 32 which ran between Chelsea Bridge and Clapham, the Catford to Bromley / Westerham Hill section was replaced by New 89. At the same time, the Catford (TL) and Bromley (TB) allocations were transferred to Merton (AL) and Chalk Farm (CF) garages.

On 29 November 1937, part of the allocation was transferred to Battersea (B) garage.

On 4 May 1938, the route was extended from Clapham Common to Crystal Palace.

On 13 December 1939, the Chalk Farm (CF) allocation was transferred to Battersea (B) garage.

On 20 March 1940, the Battersea (B) allocation was transferred to Gillingham Street (GM) garage.

On 27 October 1943, the Sat pm service and Sunday service were withdrawn between Oxford Circus and Archway.

On 9 January 1946, part of the allocation was transferred to Camberwell (Q) and Chalk Farm (CF) garages. Lowbridge Daimlers were introduced at the same time.

On 13 March 1946, the Merton (AL) allocation was transferred to Gillingham Street (GM) garage and the Lowbridge Daimlers were replaced by AEC Regent III RTs.

On 12 November 1947, the Chalk Farm (CF) allocation was transferred to Gillingham Street (GM) and Camberwell (Q) garages. The AEC Regent III RTs were replaced by Leyland Titans STDs at the same time.

On 11 January 1950, the Leyland Titan STDs and AEC Regents were replaced by AEC Regent III RTs and Leyland Titan RTLs.

On 14 May 1952, part of the allocation was transferred to Clapham (CA) garage.

On 7 October 1953, the Clapham (CA) allocation was transferred to Camberwell (Q) garage.

On 6 January 1954, the Camberwell (Q) allocation was transferred to Norwood (N) garage and was converted to full AEC Regent III RT operation.

On 21 March 1954, part of the allocation was transferred to Clapham (CA) garage and Leyland Titan RTLs were reintroduced.

On 30 April 1958, the Clapham (CA) allocation was transferred to Gillingham Street (GM) garage and was was converted to full AEC Regent III RT operation.

On 19 August 1959, Leyland Titan RTLs were reintroduced.

On 1 November 1964, the Leyland Titan RTLs and the AEC Regent III RTs were replaced by AEC Routemasters.

On 24 January 1970, the Saturday afternoons service was extended from Oxford Circus to Archway.

On 15 January 1977, the route was diverted southbound from Gt Portland Street via routes 3 and 53.

On 24 April 1981, the Norwood (N) allocation was transferred to Clapham (CA) garage.

On 4 September 1982, the Victoria (GM) allocation was transferred to Clapham (CA) garage.

On 7 February 1987, the Sunday service was converted to one man operation using Leyland Olympians and MCW Metrobuses. At the same time, the route was rerouted at Clapham Park via Brixton Garage and the allocation was transferred to Streatham (AK) and Brixton (BN) garages.

On 11 July 1987, the Sunday service was converted to full MCW Metrobus operation.

On 21 November 1987, the route was withdrawn between Oxford Circus and Archway, this section replaced by new 135.

On 21 July 1990, Daimler Fleetlines were introduced.

On 2 February 1991, the evenings service and the Sunday services was withdrawn and was renumbered 137A. At the same time, the Streatham (AK) allocation was transferred to Brixton (BN) and the route was withdrawn between Brixton Garage and Crystal Palace.

On 25 April 1998, the evenings service and the Sunday service was reintroduced replacing the Clapham Common to Oxford Circus section of Route 137A.

On 18 September 1999, part of the allocation was transferred to Norwood (N) garage and the MCW Metrobuses were replaced by ECW bodied Leyland Olympians.

On 1 September 2001, the Norwood (N) allocation was transferred to Brixton (BN) garage and the Sunday service was converted to crew operation using AEC Routemasters.

On 10 July 2004, the route was converted to one person operation using low floor Wright Pulsar Gemini bodied DAF DB250LFs.

On 18 September 2004, the route was retained by Arriva London.

On 12 February 2011, the route was withdrawn between Marble Arch and Oxford Circus during Cross Rail works.

On 17 September 2011, the route was retained by Arriva London with Wright Gemini 2 bodied VDL DB300s introduced.

On 5 May 2012, the route was restored between Marble Arch and Oxford Circus.

On 16 December 2014, the Wright Gemini 2 bodied VDL DB300s and the Wright Pulsar Gemini bodied DAF DB250LFs were replaced by brand New Routemasters.

On 17 September 2016, the route was retained by Arriva London.

On 21 January 2017, part of the allocation was transferred to Norwood (N) garage.

Current RouteEdit

Route 137 operates via these primary locations:

  • Streatham Hill Telford Avenue
  • Clapham Common Station
  • Queenstown Road Station
  • Battersea Park Station
  • Chelsea Bridge
  • Sloane Square Station
  • Knightsbridge Station
  • Hyde Park Corner Station
  • Marble Arch Station
  • Bond Street Station
  • Oxford Circus Station Regent Street

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