London Buses route 37

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Operator London Central
Garage Peckham (PM)
Vehicle Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.1m
Peak vehicle requirement 19
Night-time 24-hour service
Start Peckham
Via Herne Hill
Clapham Common
End Putney Heath
Length 14 miles (23 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 10-15 minutes
Journey time 42-84 minutes
Operates 24-hour service

London Buses route 37 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Peckham and Putney Heath, it is operated by London Central.


This route dates back to the beginning of the 20th century when it ran between Peckham and Isleworth. Five STL-type buses with open tops were ordered by Charles Pickup for route 37 on weekdays, now running between Peckham and Richmond.[1] It was later extended to Hounslow, and during World War I was operated with naptha powered vehicles.[2] For a short period there was a very long Summer Sunday extension to Maidenhead. For many years buses on this route would frequently terminate at either Richmond, or Isleworth instead of completing the trip to Hounslow.

By 1981, serious disruptions to the service caused by increasing congestion and other operating difficulties resulted in the splitting of the route into two overlapping sections, Peckham to Putney or Richmond and Clapham Junction to Hounslow. It was run by the old AEC Routemaster buses. On 25 May 1991 the route was withdrawn west of Putney, with new route 337 covering the section from Clapham Junction to Richmond and the midibus route H37 covering Richmond to Hounslow.

In April 1997 the route gained a night bus variant, route N37. It was the 50th night bus route to begin operation in London.[3]

In January 2007, route 37 gained new Alexander Dennis Enviro400s and in April 2007 was extended from Putney station to Putney Heath Green Man.

Current route[edit]

Route 37 operates via these primary locations:[4]


  1. ^ Graeme Bruce, J; Curtis, Colin (1977). The London Motor Bus: Its Origins and Development. London Transport. p. 70. ISBN 0853290830. 
  2. ^ Klapper, Charles (1984). The Golden Age of Buses. Routledge. p. 64. ISBN 0-7102-0232-6. 
  3. ^ Aldridge, John (July 1997). "50th night route". Buses (Ian Allan Publishing) (508): 12. 
  4. ^ Route 37 Map Transport for London

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