London Buses route 422

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London Central bus V325 LGC route 422 October 2005.jpg
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 Bexleyheath garage
Via Plumstead
End North Greenwich bus station
Length 7 miles (11 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 10-20 minutes
Journey time 48-78 minutes
Operates 03:58 until 01:58

London Buses route 422 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Bexleyheath garage and North Greenwich bus station, it is operated by London Central.


Route 422 commenced operating on 16 January 1988 when route 122 was withdrawn between Bexleyheath and Plumstead. Route 422 was initially run by Bexleybus between Bexleyheath and Woolwich, providing an overlap with route 122 between Woolwich and Plumstead.[1]

The poor performance of Bexleybus resulted in the route passing to Boro'line towards the end of 1988.[2] On 17 February 1992, Boro'line was bought out by Kentish Bus[3] which was purchased by British Bus in 1994, who in turn sold out to The Cowie Group in August 1996.[4] Upon being re-tendered on 23 January 1999 the route passed to London Central.[1]

To coincide with the opening of the Jubilee line, on 25 May 1999 route 422 was extended from Woolwich to North Greenwich bus station.[5]

In January 2009 a bus on route 422 was involved in an arson attack in Bexleyheath.[6]

Upon being re-tendered, the route was retained by London Central with a new contract commencing on 22 January 2011 with new Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs.[7] On 5 November 2011, brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro400s were introduced.

Current route[edit]


  1. ^ a b Route 422
  2. ^ In Brief Commercial Motor 27 October 1988 page 16
  3. ^ Talks continue on Maidstone sale Commercial Motor 27 February 1992 page 18
  4. ^ Cowie Group plc and British Bus Group Limited: A report on the merger situation Competition Commission 31 October 1996
  5. ^ Bus routes to change for arrival of tubes News Shopper 22 August 1998
  6. ^ Bexleyheath: Bus fire is arson News Shopper 29 January 2009
  7. ^ "Route 422 - award announced 28 June 2010". Transport for London. 28 June 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 

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