London Buses route R1 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Green Street Green and St Paul's Cray, it is operated by London General.
Route R1 commenced operating on 16 June 1988 between Bromley Common Crown and Sidcup Queen Mary's Hospital via Locks Bottom - Farnborough Village - Green Street Green - Sevenoaks Road - Orpington War Memorial - Orpington High Street - Cray Avenue - St Mary Cray Station - Chipperfield Road - Mickleham Road - Midfield Way - St Pauls Cray Grovelands Road - Midfield Way - Cray Road - Foots Cray - Sidcup Police Station - Chislehurst Road. The route was initially operated by Roundabout from their St Paul's Cray (OB) garage using Robin Hood bodied Ivecos.
In 1995, the route passed to Centrewest operating from their Orpington (Y) garage using Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Darts and the route was withdrawn between St Paul's Cray and Queen Mary's Hospital.
In May 2001, the route was rerouted away from Mickleham Road and Chipperfield Road operating instead via the full length of St Paul's Wood Hill and Leesons Hill.
In December 2001, the route was withdrawn between Orpington and Bromley Common and diverted instead via route R3 to Green Street Green via Orpington Station and Chelsfield. At the same time, the route was diverted via Mickleham Road and the north end of Chipperfield Road.
In 2001, the route was converted to low floor operation using Marshall Capital bodied Dennis Dart SLFs.
On 3 December 2011, the route was retained by Metrobus with brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts introduced.
In July 2014, the Go-Ahead Group restructured its bus operations, which included the transfer of Route R1 from Metrobus to Go-Ahead London.
The route will be retained by London General from 1 April 2017.
Current route Edit
- Green Street Green Queen's Head
- Chelsfield Station
- Orpington Station
- St Mary Cray Station
- St Paul's Cray
- St Paul's Cray Grovelands Road