London Buses route 157

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157
London bus 157.jpg
Overview
Operator Arriva London
Garage Norwood (N)
Thornton Heath (TH) [1]
Vehicle Alexander Dennis Enviro400 [2]
Route
Start Crystal Palace
Via Norwood Junction
Croydon
Wallington
Carshalton
St Helier
End Morden station

London Buses route 157 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Crystal Palace and Morden station, it is operated by Arriva London.

History[edit]

AEC Regent III RT in Morden in April 1973

Route 157 commenced operating on 13 September 1926 as a daily service between Morden station and Wallington (Melbourne Hotel) via Morden Road, Bishopsford Road, Sutton and Carshalton. It was one of five new "Underground feeder" routes (155 156, 157, 164 and 165) that were introduced to connect to the new Northern line station at Morden, which also opened on 13 September 1926.In 1959, it was extended from Wallington to Crystal Palace via Croydon, replacing trolleybus route 654.[3]

Upon being re-tendered, Route 157 passed to Connex's Beddington Cross garage on 1 December 2001 with Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Trident 2s. It was included in the sale of the business to Travel London in February 2004[4]

Upon being re-tendered, it was retained by Travel London with a new contract commencing on 2 December 2006.[5] Route 157 was included in the May 2009 sale of Travel London to Abellio London.,[6][7] On 3 December 2016, Arriva London commenced operating the route after winning the tender from Abellio London with 18 existing Alexander Dennis Enviro400 double deckers. The route is currently based at Norwood (N) garage, however, drivers are allocated to Thornton Heath garage. This was due to Thornton Heath not having enough capacity available following route 64 moving there in August.[8]

Current route[edit]

Route 157 operates via these primary locations:[9]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to London Buses route 157 at Wikimedia Commons