London Buses route 196

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Route 196 in Herne Hill.jpg
Operator London General
Garage Stockwell (SW)
Vehicle Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.1m
Peak vehicle requirement 13
Night-time No night service
Start Norwood Junction station
Via Upper Norwood
West Norwood
Herne Hill
End Elephant & Castle
Length 9 miles (14 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 12-20 minutes
Journey time 41-81 minutes
Operates 05:30 until 00:46

London Buses route 196 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Norwood Junction station and Elephant & Castle, it is operated by London General.


Route 196 used to run from Tufnell Park Hotel to Waterloo. In 1950, this service, like most at the time, ran on weekdays only via London landmarks including King's Cross station, Euston station, Kingsway and Aldwych. The service replaced route 239 entirely and the northern section of route 68A between Kings Cross and Waterloo. The route at this point was operated by Chalk Farm garage which closed in 1993.

In 1951 the route was extended to Norwood Junction and increased to a daily service (by that time the route also had commenced operating on Saturdays). An additional Sunday service was added, running on the new Waterloo - Norwood Junction section completely replacing route 68A. In 1958, the Sunday service ceased after route 40 had been partly extended from Camberwell Green to Norwood Junction. In 1971 the Tufnell Park to Euston section was replaced by route 239. while on 5 January 1974, route 196 ceased operating between Euston and Brixton.

In February 1987, the route was tendered and awarded to Cityrama with Daimler Fleetlines. In October 1989 the contract passed to London & Country before moving to London General's Stockwell garage in April 1990. Upon being re-tendered, on 5 May 2001 the route passed to Connex who commenced operating the service with Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Trident 2s. Route 196 was included in the sale of Connex to Travel London in February 2004[1]

Upon being re-tendered, in 2006 the route returned to London General's Stockwell garage with Alexander Dennis Enviro400s.[2]

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  1. ^ National Express buys 200 London buses The Telegraph 27 February 2004.
  2. ^ Bus tender results Route 196 Transport for London 12 August 2005

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