London Buses route 152
|Garage||Beddington Cross (BC)|
|Length||8 miles (13 km)|
Route 152 originally commenced operating from Mitcham Cricket Green to Kingston via Colliers Wood, South Wimbledon, Raynes Park, New Malden, Tolworth, Hook, and Surbiton. On 27 May 1936, it was diverted at Hook to Hampton Court Station via Hinchley Wood.
On 27 June 1951, it was extended from Hampton Court to Feltham station via Teddington, with Kingston Garage (K) gaining an allocation in addition to the existing Merton Garage (AL) allocation. The route reverted to sole operation by Merton Garage from 9 May 1962.
Various revisions to the route took place throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
Notably, on 24 January 1970, the route was diverted at Scilly Isles to Esher in lieu of Feltham. From the same date, the service was converted from RT operation to One Person Operation (OPO) using single-deck Merlin (MB class) vehicles. From 18 May 1974, the service reverted to double-deck operation using Daimler Fleetline (DMS class) vehicles.
From 27 September 1980, the route was diverted at Tolworth to Surbiton Station instead of Hampton Court, leaving the section of route to Hampton Court unserved except for some school journeys renumbered 152A. Under the major service cuts of 4 September 1982, single-deck operation returned to the route using Leyland National (LS class) vehicles.
The route was included in the first batch of London bus services to be put out to competitive tender under the provisions of the London Regional Transport Act 1984. The route was retained by London Buses with operation from Merton Garage, the contract commencing from 13 July 1985.
On 27 June 1987, Route 152 was withdrawn between Surbiton and New Malden, diverting instead via Route 131 to Kingston. On 26 November 1988, operation transferred to Sutton Garage as part of the 'Sutton Bus' local tender unit, but operation gradually moved back to Merton Garage.
From 30 November 1991, with Merton Garage resuming full control from this date, the route was converted to single-deck 'Midibus' operation using MRL class vehicles. This change was made in order to facilitate an extension of the route to Pollards Hill via Eastfields Estate, an area long-deprived of a bus service and beyond the remit of larger vehicles due to roadwidth restrictions, one of the factors in earlier proposals such as the re-routing of Route 118 being shelved. (The Eastfields area is now also served by Route 463 and a National Rail station).
On 30 November 1996, the route was converted to low floor operation with LDP class Dennis Darts.
Upon being re-tendered, route 152 passed to Travel London's Beddington Cross Garage. It was originally scheduled to commence on 2 December 2006, but following Centra ceasing to trade on 22 April 2006, this was brough forward.
- New Malden
- Raynes Park station
- Wimbledon Chase station
- South Wimbledon station
- Colliers Wood station
- Mitcham Eastfields station
- Pollards Hill
- Tfl announces new entrant to London bus market Transport for London 27 August 2004
- Bus tender results Route 152 Transport for London 9 February 2006
- National Express Group plc agreement to sell Travel London National Express Group 21 May 2009
- NatEx sells London bus business Bus & Coach Professional 22 May 2009
- NedRailways acquisition reinforces long term commitment to UK transport market NedRailways 9 June 2009
- Bus tender results Route 152 Transport for London 17 March 2011