London Buses route 468

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Operator London Central
Garage Camberwell (Q)
Vehicle Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Wright Eclipse Gemini
Peak vehicle requirement 25
Night-time Night Bus N68
Start South Croydon
Via Croydon
Thornton Heath
Upper Norwood
West Norwood
Tulse Hill
Herne Hill
Camberwell Green
End Elephant & Castle
Length 12 miles (19 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 6-12 minutes
Journey time 46-81 minutes
Operates 04:50 until 01:16

London Buses route 468 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between South Croydon and Elephant & Castle, it is operated by London Central.


At 19 miles, route 468 is one of London's longest routes, operating between South Croydon and Elephant & Castle. It parallels route 68 for much of its length. On 12 March 1994, route 68 was split with the southern section becoming route 68A; the systematic elimination of suffix letters saw this changed to 468 when a new contract started in 27 April 1999. The route was initially operated by Arriva London.

Upon being re-tendered, on 1 April 2006 routes 468 passed to London Central with Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs.[1] London Central retained when re-tendered, commencing a new contract on 2 April 2011.


7 September 2008 crash[edit]

On 7 September 2008, Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TL, working the 09:58 South Croydon to Elephant & Castle service, was involved in a collision with tram 2534 of the Tramlink system in George Street, Croydon. One person, a male in his 20s, was killed after being thrown through the top-deck front window of the bus. Six passengers and the driver of the bus were taken to hospital. Two shop fronts and a BMW car were also damaged. This bus was WVL212.

24 June 2011 crash[edit]

On 24 June 2011, WVL258, Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TL, working the 23:18 Elephant & Castle to South Croydon service crashed into a shop in Denmark Hill, after the driver had a heart attack. Four passengers and the driver were taken to hospital. Thirty people were evacuated from the buildings destroyed by the crash and caused major gas repairs. WVL258 was repaired and returned to service a few weeks later.

Current route[edit]


  1. ^ Bus tender results Route 468 Transport for London 12 August 2005

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