London Buses route 50
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|Vehicle||DAF DB250LF 10.2m / Wright Pulsar Gemini
Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Alexander ALX400
|Peak vehicle requirement||14|
|Night-time||No night service|
|Length||9 miles (15 km)|
|Frequency||About every 12 minutes|
|Journey time||25-44 minutes|
|Operates||05:30 until 01:00|
Bus route 50 began on 7 January 1951, as a replacement for the former Tram route 24, providing a Monday to Saturday peak hour service between Streatham Hill and Embankment. The route was operated from Brixton (BN) and Clapham (CA) by AEC Regent III RT (RT) and Leyland Titan (RTL) buses.
By October 1956, the Saturday Clapham allocation was withdrawn.
By 16 October 1957 the entire Saturday service was withdrawn also with the allocation at Clapham. The route was also revised Monday to Friday to run between Addiscombe Black Horse and Stockwell Station. Monday to Friday peak services were extended to Embankment.
During May 1963 the RT buses were withdrawn and replaced by RTLs.
On 29 January 1964 the 50 was withdrawn between Victoria and Embankment, the route ran from Addiscombe to Victoria Monday to Saturdays. Streatham (AK) took over the allocation from rixton (BN). The RT buses were now in action again on the 50.
On 15 June 1968, there were more changes to the route of the 50. The Monday to Friday service between Streatham (AK) and Addiscombe was withdrawn due to a new route 289 which replaced part of the Croydon section of the 50.
On 19 July 1969, the Streatham garage allocation was withdrawn this was replaced by a full-time Brixton garage allocation.
On 24 July 1971, a full weekday service was introduced. The route was converted to one person operation, and was operated by Daimler Fleetline buses. The route was revised again, Monday to Saturday ran from Stockwell Station to Croydon and Sunday from Stockwell Station to Thornton Heath High Street.
On 4 September 1982, the Sunday service was withdrawn. The PVR for Monday to Saturday remained the same. Later in October 1984 the DMS type buses were replaced by MCW Metrobuses.
On 7 February 1987, the Brixton garage allocation was withdrawn and was replaced by Streatham garage.
On 14 May 1988, the route was extended from Croydon to Old Coulsdon and withdrawn between Stockwell and Streatham. The route now ran from Streatham garage to Old Coulsdon. A Monday to Saturday Croydon (TC) allocation was introduced.
By now the route was only operated by Leyland Olympians and MCW Metrobuses. On 21 July 1990 a Sunday service was reintroduced. The Streatham garage allocation was withdrawn and replaced by one at Thornton Heath. The route ran from Streatham St Leonard’s Church to Old Coulsdon daily.
On 9 October 1993, the Thornton Heath (TH) allocation was withdrawn and was replaced by Croydon (TC).
On 31 March 2012, route 50 was transferred to Brixton (BN).
- Croydon Katharine Street
- Wellesley Road Tramlink
- Wellesley Road for West Croydon Bus Station and Tramlink
- Thornton Heath Station
- Norbury Station
- Streatham Station
- Streatham Hill Station
- Clapham South Station
- Clapham Common Station
- Clapham North Station
- Stockwell Station Clapham Road
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