London Buses route 353 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Ramsden and Forestdale, it is operated by London General.
The route commenced operation on 16 August 1986 and provided a Monday to Saturday service between Croydon (Fairfield Halls) and Orpington (Town Centre). The route initially operated Metrobus from their Orpington (MB) garage using Olympians. The route previously run as a commercial service by Orpington and District - Tillingbourne - and Metrobus.
On 30 March 1996, the route was extended from Orpington Town Centre to Ramsden Estate. A Sunday service was also introduced on this date.
On 20 May 2000, the route was withdrawn between Croydon Fairfield Halls and New Addington Interchange. This was due to the new Croydon Tramlink system being introduced. The withdrawn section of the 353 was mainly replaced by the new route T33 . Low floor Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs were introduced at the same time.
On 30 August 2003, Scania Scania Omnidekkas were introduced.
On 5 March 2005, the allocation was transferred to Polehill (PH) garage.
On 21 May 2005, the route was retained by Metrobus.
On 3 June 2006, the route was transferred back to MB.
On 2 September 2006, the route was converted to full double deck operation using Scania OmniDekkas.
On 22 May 2010, the route was retained by Metrobus.
In 2013, Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs were introduced.
In July 2014, the Go-Ahead Group restructured its bus operations, which included the transfer of Route 353 from Metrobus to Go-Ahead London.
On 24 October 2015, the route was extended from Addington Interchange to Forestdale via withdrawn route T31 and the route was retained by London General using East Lancs Olympus bodied Scania N230UDs and Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs.
- Ramsden Estate
- Orpington Station
- Princess Royal Hospital
- Hayes Station
- Addington Village Interchange
- Forestdale Courtwood Lane, Markfield