London Buses route K3

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K3 Abellio bus.jpg
Operator Abellio London
Garage Fulwell (TF)
Vehicle Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 10.8m
Peak vehicle requirement 11
Night-time No night service
Start Esher
Via Long Ditton
End Roehampton Vale
Length 11 miles (17km)
Level Daily
Frequency About every 15-30 minutes
Journey time 42-67 minutes
Operates 05:43 until 00:47

London Buses route K3 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, United Kingdom. The service is currently contracted to Abellio London.


Route K3 is part of the K-prefix network of services run around Kingston upon Thames, introduced in 1987.[1]

Since its introduction, route K3 has been operated by companies related to London United. At first Westlink, who they purchased, then by London United themselves. It is now run by its direct successor, Transdev London. Westlink used a variety of minibuses, predominately MCW Metroriders. When London United took over, the service was run by Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Darts. Low floor vehicles were introduced following the new contract in 2001, with a batch of Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLF single deckers were introduced.

The route has remained much in its current format between Esher and Roehampton Vale since its introduction. In 1993 however, saw some routes switch between Surbiton and Kingston, K3 swapping its route with the more direct K4. Another route change was from November 1997, when the Sunday service was extended much further into Surrey, running every two hours from Esher via Hersham and Weybridge to Byfleet. This extension lasted a couple of years until its withdrawal.[2]

On 29 June 2013, Abellio London commenced operating route K3 with new Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart single deckers. [3]

Current route[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ London Bus Routes - Route K4 Accessed September 2 2008.
  2. ^ Surrey County Council - Woking Bus and Train Guide. November 1 1997 edition.
  3. ^ "London Omnibus Traction Society". Retrieved 2012-11-09. 

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