London Buses route 252 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Collier Row and Hornchurch, it is operated by Stagecoach London.


Route 252 was commenced operation on 3 October 1934 between Romford Birch Road and Noak Hill Pentowan via Romford Station - Gidea Park - Gallows Corner. The route was initially operated by London Transport from their Barking (BK) garage using Dennis Darts.

In 1936, the allocation was transferred to Hornchurch (RD) garage.

In 1940, the route was withdrawn between Romford Station and Noak Hill. Thesection between Gidea Park and Noak Hill was replaced by New Route 238.

In 1949, the route was converted to crew operation using AEC Regal single-deckers.

On 8 January 1958, it was extended to Collier Row and was converted to double deck operation with AEC Regent III RTs. From 26 November 1958 it was extended to Hornchurch.

On 13 March 1971, it was converted back to single deck operation with AEC Merlins, on 1 March 1975 double deckers returned in the form of Daimler Fleetlines.

It again became a single deck operation on 28 November 1981 with Leyland Nationals introduced. On 21 June 1986 the route was extended from Hornchurch to Gidea Park Station.

On 3 September 1988, it passed to Frontrunner South East. Route 252 was included in the sale of the business to Ensignbus, which in turn sold the business to Capital Citybus on 29 September 1990. From 14 September 1991, the route was withdrawn between Hornchurch and Gidea Park.

Route 252 was included in the 8 July 1998 sale of Capital Citybus to First London.

Low floor operation commenced in 2001 using Plaxton President bodied Dennis Tridents.

In 2002, the allocation was transferred to Rainham (R) garage.

On 17 December 2005, Rainham (R) garage was announced closed and the allocation was moved to Dagenham (DM) garage.

On 27 September 2008, the route was retained by First London with Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s introduced.

On 28 September 2013, the route passed to Stagecoach London operating from their Rainham (RM) garage using brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s and existing Scania OmniCitys.

The route will be retained by Stagecoach London from 29 September 2018.

Current RouteEdit

  • Collier Row
  • Romford Station
  • Elm Park Station
  • Hornchurch Station
  • Hornchurch Town Centre

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