London Buses route K3 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Esher and Roehampton Vale, it is operated by Abellio London.
Route K3 commenced operation on 27 June 1987 between Kingston Cromwell Road and Lower Green via Villiers Road - Surbiton - Victoria Road - Balaclava Road - Sugden Road - Manor Road North - Hinchley Wood Station - Manor Road South - Daken Lane - Claygate - ( some journeys double run via Holroyd Road - Milbourne Lane - Esher High Street (Mon-Sat) - More Lane as a Monday to Saturday service. The route was initially operated by Westlink from their Kingston (K) garage using MCW Metroriders. The route was previously numbered 215.
On 2 September 1989, the route was extended from Kingston to Kingston Hospital and was extended from Esher High Street to Lower Green.
On 28 August 1993, the route was withdrawn between Esher and Lower Green except for during school journeys and the route was rerouted between Kingston and Surbiton direct via Penryhn Road, this section replaced by rerouteing Route K4.
In September 1995, the route was included in the sale of Westlink to London United.
On 29 June 1996, the route was rerouted in Norbiton via London Road instead of Coombe Road and in Claygate at the west end of Hare Lane instead of just eastbound via Loseberry Road and Raleigh Drive and the school day only journeys to Lower Green was cut back to Trinity School.
On 26 July 1997, the Sunday service was introduced between Kingston Hospital and Byfleet operated by London Bus Lines.
On 11 April 1999, the Sunday service was withdrawn between Esher and Byfleet and the London Bus Lines involvement was withdrawn. The Sunday allocation was moved to Kingston (K) garage at the same time.
On 8 April 2000, the Holroyd Road journeys were withdrawn except for one am and one pm journey from Esher to and from Hinchley Wood Station.
On 13 May 2000, the MCW Metroriders were replaced by Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Darts.
On 16 September 2000, the School day journeys from Esher to Hinchley Wood Station was renumbered 467.
On 5 May 2001, the route was extended from Kingston Hospital to Roehamton Vale partly compensating for the withdrawn section of route 485.
On 3 November 2001, Kingston (K) garage was announced closed and the allocation was transferred to Tolworth (TV) garage. The route was converted to low floor using Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs at the same time.
On 28 June 2008, the route was retained by London United.
On 29 June 2013, the route was retained by Abellio London with brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts introduced.
The route will pass to London United and will this time be operated from their Fulwell (FW) garage using brand new Enviro 200 MMC bodied Alexander Dennis E20Ds from 30 June 2018.
Route K3 operates via these primary locations:
- Esher High Street
- Hare Lane (for Claygate Station)
- Hinchley Wood Station
- Long Ditton
- Surbiton Station
- Kingston Station
- Cromwell Road (and Bus Station)
- Norbiton Station
- Kingston Hospital
- Robin Hood Lane
- Roehampton Vale ASDA
Two afternoon journeys start on schooldays from Esher Trinity School via More Lane and Lammas Lane to Esher High Street - continuing as above to Roehampton Vale ASDA.