London Buses route 54
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (April 2010)|
|Vehicle||Alexander Dennis Enviro400H 10.2m|
|Peak vehicle requirement||14|
|Night-time||No night service|
|Length||10 miles (16 km)|
|Journey time||39-66 minutes|
|Operates||04:30 until 01:00|
Route 54 had been the main bus route linking Woolwich, Lewisham, Beckenham and Croydon since the 1920s. In 1934 it ran between Plumstead Common and Selsdon but in 1963 was withdrawn between Woolwich and Plumstead Common. Peak hour journeys were extended from Woolwich to the then embryonic Woolwich Industrial Estate between 1965 and the 1970s. The other end the route was further extended from Selsdon to Riddlesdown to accommodate school journeys. The latter adjustments disappeared in 1972, along with the service between Croydon and Selsdon/Riddlesdown. Despite these changes, the middle section of the route had stayed almost the same from the 1920s to 2000, aside from minor adjustments due to the introduction of one-way systems at a few places.
Until 2009, Selkent ran the route under tender from Transport for London. Route 54 was based at Catford garage, although other depots, notably Plumstead, have assisted on occasion for logistical reasons (Plumstead was less than 2 miles away from the terminus at Woolwich). The route operated from Plumstead between November 1988 and August 1989, and again between April and November 1991. It became permanent from 24 July 1993 to allow room for the large double decker bus 208 at Catford. The service remained there until January 1999, when it was moved back to Catford so that Plumstead could accommodate routes 96, 99 and 178s. Route P3 (now 343) was swapped for the 181 and 284 routes in Catford. This change was reversed in March 2001 and them implemenented once again in March 2003, along with route 202 route to make room at Plumstead for new route 453.
Upon being re-tendered, the route passed to Metrobus on 2 May 2009 with new Optare Olympus bodied Scania N230UDs. The route was then transferred to Metrobus' Croydon garage on 19 May 2012. Upon being re-tendered, the route returned to Stagecoach London's, Catford garage on 3 May 2014 with new Alexander Dennis Enviro400Hs.
- Woolwich Public Market
- Woolwich Arsenal station
- Blackheath Royal Standard
- Blackheath station
- Lewisham High Street
- Beckenham Hill station
- Beckenham Junction station
- Beckenham High Street
- Elmers End station bus station
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- "Route 54 - award announced 29 August 2013". Transport for London. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
- Major Routes Retained & First New Bus for London Stagecoach
- Tender News BusTalk (Go-Ahead London) issue 24 October 2013
- Chesters, Laura (26 August 2014). "Stagecoach growth hit by worsening London traffic jams". Evening Standard. Retrieved 28 August 2014.