London Buses route 208
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|Vehicle||Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.2m
Alexander Dennis Enviro400H 10.2m
|Peak vehicle requirement||15|
|Night-time||Night bus N47|
|Length||11 miles (18 km)|
|Journey time||50-83 minutes|
|Operates||04:30 until 01:00|
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. Stagecoach successfully tendered to retain the route, with a new contract commencing on 28 July 2012.
Route 208 operates via these primary locations: