London Buses route K1
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Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart on route K1
|Vehicle||Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 8.9m|
|Peak vehicle requirement||9|
|Night-time||No night service|
|Length||9 miles (15km)|
|Frequency||About every 15-20 minutes|
|Journey time||34-59 minutes|
|Operates||05:25 until 00:39|
Route K1 is part of the K-prefix network of services run around Kingston upon Thames, introduced in 1987.It replaced route 152,between New Malden & Surbiton.
The route remained in much the same format from its introduction until a route change in 1993 saw some switching of routes between Surbiton and Kingston. Route K1 swapped with the route of service 71 between Surbiton and Kingston. At the same time, two other K-prefix routes swapped, with route K4 (a later introduction the K-prefix routes in 1990) switching with route K3. Since then, the route has remained in its current format.
The route at introduction used MCW Metroriders the first of the type to be seen on the streets of Kingston. Within five years, Dennis Darts were running on the service. The types of theses varied, with no particular allocation, with both Plaxton Pointer and Duple/Carlyle bodied examples running. Low floor vehicles were introduced following the new contract in 2001, with a batch of Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLF single deckers introduced.
Since its introduction, route K1 has been operated solely by London United (through its Westlink subsidiary) and its successor. The contract came up for renewal in October 2007, which was again won by Transdev London. The contract specified new buses, and a batch of new Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart single deckers were introduced in August 2008.
The use of the 'K1' number was not the first in Kingston; in 1983 a limited stop shoppers service was introduced, running on Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays only using Routemasters. The service briefly ran between Kingston & Chessington before being rerouted to run as a circular service via Tolworth. The route was short lived, being withdrawn in 1985.
- New Malden Station
- New Malden Police station
- Malden Manor Station
- Tolworth Broadway
- Tolworth Red Lion
- Hook Thornhill Road
- Surbiton Station Claremont Road
- Kingston Eden Street
- Kingston Cromwell Road bus station