London Buses route 250 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Croydon and Brixton, it is operated by Arriva London.
Route 250 was commenced on 14 May 1988 between Brixton Station and Croydon Katharine Street via Streatham Hill - Green Lane - Parchmore Road - Brigstock Road - London Road as a Monday to Saturdays route. The route was initially operated by South London from their Streatham (AK) Garage using Leyland Olympian. The route was introduced to replace the withdrawn section of route 159 between Green Lane and Parchmore Road.
By 6 January 1990, the allocation was transferred from Streatham (AK) to Brixton (BN) garages and the Leyland Olympians were replaced by MCW Metrobuses.
In July, the allocation was transferred to Thornton Heath (TH) garage, a Sunday service was introduced and the route was also converted back to Leyland Olympians.
In 1996, South London was renamed Cowie South London, with yellow diagonal stripes added on the back of the buses. Two years later, Arriva bought out Cowie and the buses were repainted with a cream/white cow horn applied to the front of their buses.
In January 1999, the route was converted to low floor operation using 10.6m Alexander ALX400 bodied DAF DB250LFs.
In February 2001, the allocation was transferred back to Brixton (BN) Garage and was converted back to Leyland Olympian operation.
In September 2001, the allocation was transferred back to Thornton Heath (TH) garage, and was converted back to low floor operation using Alexander ALX400 bodied DAF DB250LFs.
In 2003, part of the allocation was transferred to Brixton (BN) garage.
On 20 March 2004, the route became a 24 hour service.
In 2006, the Croydon Terminus was moved from Katharine Street to Park Street.
On 28 August 2010, the route was retained by Arriva London with brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s introduced and the Brixton (BN) allocation was transferred to Thornton Heath (TH) garage.
The route will be retained by Arriva London from 26 August 2017.
Route 250 operates via these primary locations:
- Brixton Police Station
- Brixton Station
- Streatham Hill Station
- Streatham Station
- Thornton Heath Station
- Mayday Hospital
- West Croydon Station
- Poplar Walk for West Croydon Bus Station and Tramlink
- Wellesley Road Tramlink
- Croydon Fairfield Halls