London Buses route S1

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Operator Quality Line
Garage Epsom (EB)
Vehicle Dennis Dart SLF 9.3m / East Lancs Esteem
Peak vehicle requirement 11
Night-time No night service
Start Mitcham
Via St Helier
End Banstead
Length 9 miles (14 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 15-20 minutes
Journey time 43-70 minutes
Operates 05:25 until 00:38

London Buses route S1 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Mitcham and Banstead, it is operated by Quality Line.


Route S1 commenced operating in 1993, running between Beddington and Sutton, using mainly previously unserved roads. At first, the Sutton end had a deviation incorporating Langley Park Road before buses got to Sutton, but this was altered to a loop working in 1995. It was operated by London & Country.

On 30 November 1996, the route was tendered and awarded to London General, who used new Marshall minibuses running from Sutton garage. The service via the north of Langley Park Road was replaced by route S3, with the S1 rerouted to Banstead to replace route 80. Between Sutton and Belmont, the route was diverted via the south end of Langley Park road, replacing route S3.

In 1997, London General suffered a severe staff shortage, and as a result surrendered several of its services, one being the S1. This was when Quality Line took over, but they did not want the now known to be unreliable Marshall Minibuses, and opted for Optare MetroRiders instead. This was one of the rare cases where a route was converted from low floor to high floor buses.

In the summer of 1998, the route was improved with an evening and Sunday service introduced. The vehicles were also replaced by low floor Mini Pointer Darts.

The next contract started in December 2001, which incorporated a daytime frequency increase from every 30 to 20 minutes, and the route terminus in Beddington Corner was changed to Mitcham. The vehicles were also upgraded again to Alexander ALX200 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs. The latest vehicles, introduced in 2006, are unusual in having the East Lancs Myllennium bodywork, but with East Lancs Esteem front and rear ends. The chassis are the Dennis Dart's successor, the Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart.[1]

Upon being re-tendered, the route was retained by Quality Line with a new contract commencing on 30 November 2013.[2] In April 2014, the route was extended from Mitcham to Lavender Fields.[3]

Current route[edit]


  1. ^ Route S1 history
  2. ^ Tender News BusTalk (Go-Ahead London) issue 22 June 2013
  3. ^ Middleton, Becky (14 April 2014). "Banstead-Mitcham S1 bus route finally extended to Lavender Fields". This is Local London. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 

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