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London Buses route 85 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Putney Bridge and Kingston, it is operated by London United.

HistoryEdit

Route 85 has operated between Putney Bridge station and Kingston since the 1950s.

In 1963 it was converted to AEC Routemaster operation.

In January 1971 it was converted to one man operation with the introduction of AEC Merlins. However these proved unsuitable and in February 1972 Daimler Fleetlines took over.

In 1990, the route passed to London & Country and later became part of Arriva Guildford & West Surrey being operated out of their Leatherhead garage using Volvo Citybuses. In 1998, the Volvo Citybuses were replaced by Northern Counties Palatine II bodied DAF DB250s. The allocation was transferred from Leatherhead garage to Fulwell (FW) garage the same year.

On 4 September 1999, the route passed to London United still operating from Fulwell (FW) garage using Northern Counties Palatine II bodied DAF DB250s leased from Arriva.

On 29 June 2002, it passed to London General from their Putney (AF) garage using Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs. In April 2004, route 85 became a 24-hour route.

In 2008, Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 bodied Volvo B9TLs were introduced.

On 4 July 2009, the route was retained by London General.

Due to the temporary closure of Putney Bridge, on 14 July 2014 the route temporarily had its northern terminus relocated from Putney Bridge to Putney Church. It resumed operating to Putney Heath on 28 September 2014.

On 2 July 2016, it passed to London United operating from their Tolworth (TV) garage using brand new Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B5LHs.

Current routeEdit

  • Putney Bridge 
  • Putney 
  • Putney Heath
  • Roehampton
  • Kingston Vale
  • Kingston Hospital
  • Norbiton
  • Kingston Kingston Hall Road

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