London Buses route 229

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Operator London Central
Garage Bexleyheath (BX)
Vehicle Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2
Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.2m
Peak vehicle requirement 17
Start Thamesmead
Via Abbey Wood
End Queen Mary's Hospital
Length 13 miles (21 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 10-15 minutes
Journey time 46-86 minutes
Operates 04:44 until 01:05

London Buses route 229 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Thamesmead and Queen Mary's Hospital, it is operated by London Central.


Route 229 commenced operating on 21 February 1951 as a very short route running between Sidcup garage and Sidcup Wren Road. On 17 October 1951, the route was extended to Orpington station. On 22 October 1952, it was extended to Bexleyheath garage. On 4 March 1959 the route was extended north to Woolwich, replacing trolleybus route 698.

On 21 May 1977, route 229 was withdrawn between Woolwich and Bexleyheath (apart from peak journeys to Erith), but extended the other end from Orpington station to Farnborough replacing the withdrawn section of route 51. On the same date the AEC Regent III RTs were replaced by AEC Routemasters.

On 4 September 1982, route 229 was withdrawn between Green Street Green and Farnborough, being replaced by route 261. It was converted to one man operation with Daimler Fleetlines on the same date, these were replaced by Leyland Titans on 1 November 1982, which in turn were replaced by Leyland Olympians on 4 May 1986.

On 16 August 1986, the sections between Green Street Green and Sidcup garage, and Bexleyheath garage and Bexleyheath Market Place were withdrawn. The route was put out to tender and won by Bexleybus, using Daimler Fleetlines. On 16 January 1988, the route was revised to terminate at Foots Cray on the closure of Sidcup garage. The route was also transferred to Bexleyheath garage.

On 19 January 1991, the route was diverted to serve Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, and on 8 October 1994 it was extended from Erith to Thamemead. The route was converted to low floor on 1 April 2000.

Upon being re-tendered, the route was retained by London Central with a new contract commencing on 24 January 2004.[1] London Central successfully tendered to retain the route, with a new contract commencing on 22 January 2011 with new Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs introduced. [2][3] On 5 November 2011, new Alexander Dennis Enviro400s were introduced. On 23 January 2016 the operation of route 229 will pass to Arriva Kent Thameside.[4]

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  1. ^ Bus tender results Route 229 Transport for London 10 April 2003
  2. ^ "Route 229 - award announced 28 June 2010". Transport for London. 28 June 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  3. ^ New vehicles boost Bexleyheath fleet Bus Talk (Go-Ahead London) issue 8 February 2011
  4. ^ "Arriva is the winner in latest London bus tendering" Bus & Coach Weekly issue 1196 7 July 2015 page 10

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