London Buses route 208

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Operator Stagecoach London
Garage Bromley (TB)
Catford (TL)
Vehicle Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.2m
Alexander Dennis Enviro400H 10.2m
Peak vehicle requirement 15
Night-time Night bus N47
Start Orpington
Via Petts Wood
Bromley Common
End Lewisham
Length 11 miles (18 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 12-15 minutes
Journey time 50-83 minutes
Operates 04:30 until 01:00

London Buses route 208 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Orpington and Lewisham station, it is operated by Stagecoach London.


Route 208 commenced operating on 4 September 1982 between Orpington and Lewisham station replacing the discontinued route 94, extending to Surrey Docks station on Saturday mornings. Initially operated by AEC Routemasters, these were replaced by crewed Leyland Titans on 11 June 1984 with the route converted to one man operation on 2 February 1986.

There have been periods of single deck operation. Leyland Nationals were used for a few years, and more recently Dennis Lances were used between March 1994 and November 1997. In both cases single deckers were completely unsuitable, and mainly used on the quieter Orpington end.

Route 208 is increasingly unusual in operating in two overlapping sections, Orpington to Catford and Bromley Common to Lewisham. Running the extra frequency by way of short workings between Bromley and Catford was tried but was discontinued after about a year.

Upon being re-tendered, the route was retained by Stagecoach London with a new contract commencing on 30 July 2005.[1] Stagecoach successfully tendered to retain the route, with a new contract commencing on 28 July 2012.[2]

Current route[edit]

Route 208 operates via these primary locations:[3]


  1. ^ Bus tender results Transport for London 26 August 2004
  2. ^ Tender News BusTalk (Go-Ahead London) issue 13 December 2011
  3. ^ Route 208 Map Transport for London

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