London Buses route 33
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|Vehicle||Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 10.2m|
|Peak vehicle requirement||18|
|Length||9 miles (15 km)|
|Frequency||About every 10 minutes|
|Journey time||36-65 minutes|
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The 33 began as a Richmond - Aldwych service, operated by Mortlake and Twickenham garages, except on Sundays when the route was extended to Old Ford and operation shared between Clay Hall (Old Ford) and Middle Row (Kensington). There were also extensions at Summer weekends to Hampton Court. However, the section east of Hammersmith largely duplicated routes 73 and 9, so from March 1937 the route was cut back to terminate at Brook Green, Hammersmith. It was extended from Richmond to Hounslow via Twickenham and Whitton, replacing route 27, and Hounslow garage became the main operator.
In September 1982, the section of route between Twickenham and Hounslow was removed. Route 27 had been withdrawn from this section and diverted to run to Teddington; now the 33 was changed to run via Strawberry Hill to Teddington, with a projection to its new home garage at Fulwell.
A weight limit of 7.5 tonnes on Hammersmith Bridge forced the route to be converted to single-deck operation using Dennis Darts, and during the closure of the bridge to other traffic a 10-minute frequency service was run. The service was later increased in frequency between Richmond and Hammersmith, but services to Fulwell were reduced. The full 7-8 minute service was extended to operate over the whole route, with partially parallel route 290 withdrawn between Twickenham and Richmond on 30 June 2001.
On 12 November 2005, NCP-Challenger (later NSL Buses) gained the contract for route 33. Brand new Dennis Dart SLFs were obtained to work the route, and a new depot opened at Twickenham Trading Estate. At the same time the route was truncated at the Fulwell end to terminate on Stanley Road, Teddington. Previously it ran on round the corner to terminate on the forecourt of Fulwell Garage, but the new operator required a different terminus.
On 16 November 2009, NSL Buses was taken over by Transdev London, so route 33 is now operated by Transdev London and the existing buses are used. Route 33 gained a half hourly night service on 30 January 2010, replacing part of the withdrawn route N10. On 13 November 2010, Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 10.2ms was introduced.
Current route 
- Fulwell Abellio Bus Garage for Fulwell Station
- Strawberry Hill
- King Street for Twickenham Station
- Marble Hill Park
- St Margarets
- Richmond Bridge
- East Sheen
- Barnes Common
- Barnes Station
- Hammersmith Bridge
- Hammersmith Station (District/Piccadilly Lines) Lower Bus Station for Hammersmith Station (Hammersmith & City Line)
See also 
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