London Buses route 130

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Metrobus MCV Evolution bodied MAN 14.240 in February 2013
Operator London General
Garage Croydon (C)
Vehicle Dennis Dart SLF 10.7m / Plaxton Pointer 2
Peak vehicle requirement 8
Start New Addington
Via Addington
Shirley Park
End Norwood Junction station
Length 8 miles (13 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 15-30 minutes
Journey time 33-60 minutes
Operates 04:55 until 00:50

London Buses route 130 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between New Addington and Norwood Junction station, it is operated by London General.


Daimler Fleetline in Coulsdon in May 1977

Route 130 commenced operating a few weeks before the outbreak of World War II on 5 July 1939, as a daily service between Croydon and New Addington (Central Parade). It replaced a temporary route which had been operated privately by the developers of the New Addington estate. This was the second time the route number 130 had been used on a motor bus route in London.

On 21 February 1951, the route was extended in New Addington from Central Parade to terminate at Salcot Crescent. On 6 January 1952, it was again extended in New Addington to Homestead Way. Later that year on 22 October 1952, a much longer extension was put in place, this time at the other end of the route, replacing route 166 on Mondays to Saturdays between Croydon and Streatham Common via Thornton Heath and Streatham Vale. On 6 May 1953, route 130 was also extended on Sundays to Streatham making the route a daily Streatham Common to New Addington via Croydon operation.

On 6 October 1954, the 130 group of routes began to become a complicated set of routes, when a new supplementary 130A was introduced. The new route ran from daily from New Addington (Salcot Crescent) to Croydon (Park Lane) with a Monday to Saturday extension to Thornton Heath (High Street).

On 10 June 1955, a supplementary Monday to Saturday peak hour 130 express service was introduced between East Croydon station and New Addington. The Saturday service on this supplementary route only lasted one year, being withdrawn as from 31 July 1956. At Streatham a slight change in the terminal arrangements meant that route 130 terminated at Streatham garage as from 7 August 1957. Another small change happened on 31 July 1963, when the express service was extended from East Croydon station to West Croydon station. The AEC Regent III RTs were replaced by AEC Routemasters on 1 September 1964.

The express service ceased on 18 April 1970. On 4 September 1982, route 130 was converted to one man operation with Daimler Fleetlines.

On 31 August 2002, route 130 was converted to single deck operation with Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Darts. Upon being re-tendered, it passed from Arriva London to Metrobus on 25 August 2003. Metrobus successfully tendered to retain the route with a new contract commencing on 28 August 2010.

In June 2014, route 130 was included in the transfer of Metrobus's contracted Transport for London routes to fellow Go-Ahead Group subsidiary London General.[citation needed] However, the vehicles used continue to carry Metrobus branding.

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