London Buses route 249 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Anerley and Clapham Common, it is operated by Arriva London.


Route 249 commenced operating on 25 May 1991 and provided a Monday to Saturday service between Crystal Palace and Tooting Bec Station (via Beulah Hill and Streatham Common). The route was initially operated by South London from their Streatham (AK) Garage using Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Darts and a MCW Metrobus.

On 14 March 1992, a Sunday service was introduced as the Sunday 349 service was withdrawn. The route Monday to Saturday stayed the same as before but the Sunday service continued on to West Brompton (via Clapham Junction, Battersea Bridge and Chelsea). A Norwood (N) Garage allocation was also introduced on this date and the Streatham allocation was transferred to Brixton (BN) garage.

On 24 October 1992, the Sunday service was converted to single deck using Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Darts.

By 14 February 1993, there was another route change to the Sunday allocation, as the 249 was withdrawn between Sloane Square and West Brompton. This change was enforced to replace part of the 219. The route Monday to Saturday ran from Crystal Palace to Tooting Bec Station and Sundays ran from Crystal Palace to Sloane Square (Via Tooting Bec and Clapham Junction).

On 15 September 1996, the Sunday service was withdrawn between Tooting Bec and Sloane Square this section was replaced by the 319 which was introducing a Sunday service.

By 30 August 1997, the Brixton and Norwood allocations were transferred to Thornton Heath (TH) Garage.

On 30 January 1999, the allocation was transferred back to Norwood (N) Garage and was converted to double deck using Leyland Olympians.

On 26 July 2003, the route was extended again to Anerley Station, (via route 157).

In Late 2005 the Leyland Olympians were replaced by with low floor Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TLs.

In 2012, the route was passed to London General with new Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs from Merton (AL) garage. The allocation was transferred to Stockwell (SW) garage.

In 2016, Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs were introduced.

On 1 April 2017, the route passed to Arriva London operating from their Norwood (N) garage with brand new Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B5LHs introduced.

Current routeEdit

Route 249 operates via these primary locations:

  • Anerley Station
  • Crystal Palace Station
  • Anerley Hill
  • Church Road
  • Beulah Hill
  • Crown Lane
  • Streatham Common North Side
  • Streatham Station
  • Saint Lenoalds Church
  • Tooting Common
  • Tooting Bec Station
  • Balham Station
  • Balham Hill
  • Clapham South Station
  • Clapham Common Southside
  • Clapham Common Old Town

External linksEdit

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