London Buses route 131

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Transdev London TA337.JPG
Operator London United
Garage Tolworth (TV)
Vehicle Dennis Trident 2 9.9m / Alexander ALX400
Volvo B7TL 10.6m / East Lancs Vyking
Peak vehicle requirement 20
Night-time Night Bus N87
Start Tooting Broadway station
Via Wimbledon
Raynes Park
New Malden
End Kingston
Length 8 miles (13 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 8–12 minutes
Journey time 35–59 minutes
Operates 05:00 until 01:00

London Buses route 131 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Tooting Broadway station and Kingston, it is operated by London United.


In 1949 route 131 ran between Kingston station and Walton-on-Thames. On 9 May 1962, it was extended from Kingston to Wimbledon replacing withdrawn trolleybus route 604. On 17 September 1971, it was withdrawn between West Molesey and Walton-on-Thames.

Upon being put out to competitive tender, route 131 passed to London & Country on 27 June 1987. Upon being re-tendered, it passed to Westlink on 29 September 1990. The section west of Kingston was withdrawn on 29 October 1994, being replaced by route 411. Route 131 was included in the sale of Westlink to London United in 1995, who have operated it since.

On 30 June 2007, the route was extended from Wimbledon to Tooting Broadway station via South Wimbledon, Merton Abbey and Colliers Wood.


On 16 December 2013, a man was killed by a double-decker bus on route 131 in Tooting Broadway.[1][2][3] The route was operated by London United at the time. On 23 December 2013, another bus on route 131 was involved in an accident. The out-of-service bus in Kingston was damaged after it hit a railway bridge.[4][5][6]

Current route[edit]


  1. ^ Churchill, David (17 December 2013). "Man is killed by bus while crossing the road outside Tooting Broadway Tube station". Evening Standard. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Rucki, Alexandra (17 December 2013). "Horrified commuters saw man hit by bus in Tooting High Street". Wandsworth Guardian. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  3. ^ De Peyer, Robin (16 December 2013). "Man dies after being hit by a bus in Tooting". Evening Standard. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bus hits railway bridge in Kingston after wrong turn". BBC. 23 December 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Champion, Matthew (23 December 2013). "Double-decker bus crashes into bridge after wrong turn". Metro. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Blundy, Rachel (23 December 2013). "Roof of double decker bus is ripped off after it hits railway bridge in Kingston". Evening Standard. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 

External links[edit]