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London Buses route 463 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Coulsdon South and Pollards Hill, it is operated by Quality Line.

HistoryEdit

Route 463 has its history in a London Transport Saturday only shopping hours route 263 running from The Mount to Coulsdon, although London Transport ended this operation in 1964. Banstead Coaches then resumed the service, with an unnumbered route running Monday to Saturday, until 1980. Then another company, Tandridge Taxis (later renamed Tandridge Transport Services), kept the service running until 1983, and extended it across Coulsdon to Coulsdon Wood Estate. The service was then taken up by Guards of Caterham until 1987 when the operation passed to East Surrey Buses of Godstone (now part of Metrobus).

East Surrey Buses numbered the route once again, this time as route 363 as the previous number had been taken in 1971 by today's route 263. East Surrey passed the route to London & Country in October 1996. However, London & Country only lasted a year, and London Transport took the route back and contracted its operation to Quality Line, this time numbering it 463, as 363 has since been used.

On 2 March 2002, the route was extended from Wallington to Eastfields, replacing route S5 to Mitcham Common. Upon being re-tendered

On 3 April 2004, the route was retained by Quality Line.

In July 2008, two extension of the route, to Coulsdon South station and Pollards Hill, were proposed by Transport for London. The proposal received strong support in the area, and a borough council consultation was announced in January 2009. The extensions were approved and implemented from December 2009. A half-hourly Sunday service was also introduced to the route in May 2009.

On 4 April 2009, the route again retained by Quality Line.

Double-deck operation was introduced to the route for the first time in April 2010, when two school journeys between Beddington and Coulsdon were expanded to increase capacity.

On 22 February 2016, Wright StreetLite were introduced

On 2 April 2016, the route was retained by Quality Line.

Current RouteEdit

  • Coulsdon South Station
  • Coulsdon Town Station
  • St Andrew's Road for Woodmansterne Station
  • Wallington Station
  • Beddington Asda
  • Therapia Lane Tramlink
  • Beddington Lane Tramlink
  • Mitcham Common
  • Mitcham Eastfields Station
  • Pollards Hill

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