London Buses route 68 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between West Norwood and Euston, it is operated by London Central.
In the early period of motor omnibus travel, before World War I, number 68 was not in use as a route for the London General Omnibus Company, even though higher numbers up to 93 were active in 1912, for example.
The route was active at the start of World War II. During this war, its usual peacetime lighting of a pale blue colour was removed because of the risk of aerial bombing and the buses were blacked-out.
By 1952, following the removal of the last trams, the route ran from themEarl of Eldon public house in South Croydon to Chalk Farm station in Camden. This was a long 15 mile journey via places such as Thornton Heath, Norwood, Herne Hill, Camberwell, Elephant & Castle, Waterloo and Euston station which nowadays would require two changes of bus. The route started operating AEC Routemaster buses on Sundays in 1963 and switched to full Routemaster operation in 1970. The buses at this time were based in garages in Chalk Farm, Norwood and Croydon.
After the route was converted to one man operation in 1986 and the Routemasters were replaced by MCW Metrobuses, Leyland Titans and Leyland Olympians.
In 2000, the route was converted to low floor using Alexander ALX400 bodied DAF DB250LFs. The DAF DB250LFs were replaced by Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TLs in 2004.
On 1 April 2006, route 68 passed to London Central operating from their Camberwell (Q) garage with brand new Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs introduced. Route 68 was withdrawn between West Norwood Station and Norwood Garage on the same date.
Route 68 has a parallel peak-hour express service, X68, which runs between West Croydon station and Russell Square. This is one of only three express bus services provided by Transport for London.
In 2014, Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s were introduced.
On 6 February 2016, the Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s and Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs were replaced by New Routemasters.
The route will pass to Abellio London and will be operating from their Walworth (WL) garage using New Routemasters from 31 March 2018.
- West Norwood Station Knights Hill
- Tulse Hill Station
- Herne Hill Station
- Denmark Hill Station
- Camberwell Green
- Elephant & Castle Station
- Waterloo Station
- Holborn Station
- Russell Square Station
- Euston Bus Station