London Buses route 202 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Blackheath and Crystal Palace, it is operated by London General.


Route 202 commenced on 9 November 1991 between Crystal Palace and Plumstead Garage via Sydenham Hill - Wells Park Road - Kirkdale - Sydenham Road - Perry Hill - Catford - Lee - Blackheath Village - Blackheath Royal Standard - Charlton - Woolwich. The route was introduced to replace routes 108B and 75 (to Blackheath). The route was initially operated by Stagecoach Selkent from their Plumstead (PD) and Catford (TL) garages using Alexander bodied Mercedes Benz 811Ds and Wright bodied Mercedes Benz 811Ds.

On 20 June 1992, part of the route was rerouted at Sydenham direct via Westwood Hill on Mon-Sat and renumbered 306 but runs jointly with route 202.

On 22 Mat 1993, the Alexander bodied Mercedes Benz 811Ds were replaced by MCW Metroriders.

On 12 February 1994, the Catford (TL) allocation was transferred to Plumstead (PD) garage and was converted to full MCW Metrorider operation.

On 28 September 1996, the MCW Metroriders were replaced by Alexander Dash bodied Dennis Darts.

On 29 September 2001, the route was retained by Stagecoach London and was converted to low-floor operation using Alexander ALX200 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs.

On 15 February 2003, the allocation was transferred to Catford (TL) garage.

On 13 September 2008, the route was passed to Metrobus operating from their Croydon (C) garage with Scania OmniDekkas introduced.

In March 2009, the Scania OmniDekkas were replaced by brand new MCV Evolution bodied MAN 14.240s.

In July 2014, the Go-Ahead Group restructured its bus operations, which included the transfer of Route 202 from Metrobus to Go-Ahead London.

On 22 August 2015, the MCV Evolution bodied MAN 14.240s were replaced by brand new Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B5LHs.

On 27 August 2015, Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B5TLs were introduced.

On 19 September 2015, the route was retained by London General and was converted to double deck.

Current routeEdit

Route 202 operates via these primary locations:

  • Blackheath Royal Standard
  • Blackheath
  • Lee Green
  • Lee Station
  • Catford Bridge 
  • Lower Sydenham
  • Sydenham
  • Crystal Palace Parade

External linksEdit

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