London Buses route 36

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London Bus route 36.jpg
Operator London Central
Garage New Cross (NX)
Peckham (PM)
Vehicle Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.2m
Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2
Peak vehicle requirement 33
Night-time 24-hour service
Start New Cross Gate
Via Peckham
Hyde Park Corner
Marble Arch
Edgware Road
Maida Hill
End Queen's Park
Length 9 miles (14 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 6-12 minutes
Journey time 49-91 minutes
Operates 24-hour service
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London Buses route 36 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between New Cross Gate and Queen's Park, it is operated by London Central.


The Beginning[edit]

Route 36 dates back to 6 April 1911 when the daily service on the previously un-numbered "Great Eastern" route between West Kilburn, the traditional name for this terminus in Queens Park and Victoria, was taken over by the London General Omnibus Company.[citation needed]

After World War II[edit]

London Central AEC Routemaster with route 36 branding

On 24 August 1961, a gun and five boxes of ammunition were found under the rear seat of a 36A bus in Peckham garage. The gun was identified as that used to kill Michael Gregsten and wound Valerie Storie in the 'A6 murder case', for which James Hanratty was hanged.[1]

Although the 36A and 36B lost their northern ends, the 36 survived unaltered until 27 April 1991, when the section between Hither Green and Lewisham was transferred to route 180. The 36B was cut back to Peckham and renumbered route 136 in March 1994.[2]

In preparation for the introduction of the London congestion charge, on 8 March 2003 route 36 was further shortened to start from New Cross, the section from Lewisham being taken over by new route 436 which paralleled route 36 as far as Paddington. On 29 January 2005, route 36 was converted to one man operation with the AEC Routemasters replaced by Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs.[2][3]

Present day[edit]

Despite the route reductions of the last decade, route 36 is still a comparatively long route through some very congested areas of London, with an end to end running time of over one and a half hours. It is also one of very few routes still to cross central London, carrying people in to the centre from both ends of the route, and requires the use of over 40 buses.[4]

On 9 February 2013, London Central retained the contract for route 36 with new and existing Alexander Dennis Enviro400s.[5]

Current route[edit]

Route 36 operates via these primary locations:[6]


  1. ^ "Gun Found On Bus Was Murder Weapon" The Times 26 August 1961 p 6
  2. ^ a b Blacker, Ken (2007). Routemaster: 1970–2005 2 (2nd ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. pp. 116, 166, 172. ISBN 978-1-85414-303-7. 
  3. ^ 36 All Out London Bus Page 28 January 2005
  4. ^ Aldridge, John (January 2000). "Connex gains second route while Routemasters go on... and on, but what's going to happen to Red Arrow?". Buses (Ian Allan Publishing) (538): 11. 
  5. ^ "Route 36 - award announced 24 May 2012". Transport for London. 24 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Route 36 Map Transport for London

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