London Buses route 165

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Stagecoach 36561 on Route 165, Romford.jpg
Operator Stagecoach London
Garage Rainham (RM)
Vehicle Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 10.7m
Peak vehicle requirement 11
Start Romford
Via Gidea Park
Elm Park
End Rainham
Length 10 miles (16 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 12-20 minutes
Journey time 38-62 minutes
Operates 04:40 until 01:54

London Buses route 165 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Romford and Rainham, it is operated by Stagecoach London.


Route 165 commenced operating on 20 November 1940 between Rainham and Havering Park. On 19 May 1954 it was converted to AEC Regent III RT operation. On 10 July 1966 AEC Routemasters took over. One 16 June 1973 it was converted to one man operation with Daimler Fleetlines, these were replaced on 4 December 1978 by Leyland Titans.

In 1975 part of the service was diverted to serve Mardyke Estate during the off-peak on Mondays to Fridays and during Saturday shopping hours.

Upon being put up for tender, the route passed to Ensignbus. On 1 September 1990 it was extended to Lakeside Shopping Centre. Route 165 was included in the sale of Ensignbus' contracted Transport for London services to Capital Citybus on 29 December 1990.[1] On 14 September 1991, the route was withdrawn between Romford and Havering Park with this section being taken over by route 365. On 8 July 1998, route 165 was included in the sale of Capital Citybus to First London.[2][3]

Upon being re-tendered, the route passed to Stagecoach London's Rainham garage on 29 September 2013.[4][5][6]

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  1. ^ From Hong Kong by bus Commercial Motor 10 January 1991
  2. ^ Annual Report Year Ended 31 March 1999 FirstGroup
  3. ^ Capital Citybus Thurrock Transport
  4. ^ Bus tender results Route 165 Transport for London 31 January 2013
  5. ^ Tendering Stagecoach 1 February 2013
  6. ^ Tender News BusTalk (Go-Ahead London) issue 21 April 2013

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