London Buses route 96
Scania OmniCity in August 2010
|Vehicle||Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.2m|
|Peak vehicle requirement||21|
|Night-time||No night service|
|Length||13 miles (21 km)|
|Journey time||40-77 minutes|
|Operates||04:30 until 01:08|
Route 96 commenced operation on 4 March 1959 as part of London Transport's trolleybus conversion scheme. It was a direct replacement for trolleybus route 696 and ran between Woolwich and Dartford via Plumstead, East Wickham, Welling and Bexleyheath. A supplementary daily route 195 between Woolwich and Eltham, also commenced at this time.
Although a very stable route, route 96 was involved in an "area scheme", as the continual route change schemes in the early 1960s were known.
On 8 May 1963, route 96 was extended at Woolwich to terminate at Victoria Way, this was withdrawn in October 1984. Route 195, which wasn't a successful route, was withdrawn at this time. The route was converted to one man operation on 6 November 1971. At the same time, the route was extended west to Charlton station.
Route 96 was operated by a number of operators including Bexleybus and Kentish Bus. Upon being tendered, the route was awarded to Selkent from 23 January 1999, who have retained it since. It was extended to Bluewater Shopping Centre on 13 March 1999.