London Buses route 75

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Stagecoach 12263 on Route 75, Lewisham Station (cropped).jpg
OperatorStagecoach London
GarageCatford (TL)
VehicleAlexander Dennis Enviro400H 10.2m
Peak vehicle requirement13
ViaNorwood Junction
EndLewisham station
Length9 miles (14 km)
Frequency13-15 minutes
Journey time35-65 minutes
Operates04:00 until 02:06

London Buses route 75 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Croydon and Lewisham station, it is operated by Stagecoach London.


Metrobus Optare Olympus bodied Scania N230UD at Elmers End station in November 2013 whilst on diversion

Route 75 commenced operating on 15 December 1912 as a daily route between the Woolwich Ferry and South Croydon operated by Tillings Bus Company; the route was acquired by the London General Omnibus Company and extended from Croydon to Caterham Valley.[1]

In 1950, route 75 worked from Woolwich Ferry by way of Charlton, Blackheath and Lee Green. AEC Regent III RT buses were used. In 1960 the route was extended, on weekdays only, to South Croydon, from West Croydon station. In 1983 it converted to one man operation, using Leyland Titans.[2]

In 1991, route 75 was withdrawn between Woolwich and Blackheath and, later in the same year, ceased operating to Blackheath, being diverted to Lewisham station to terminate, additionally there was an extended Saturday shopping hours service to Surrey Quays; the route was also diverted in Sydenham, running to Woolstone Road and Mayow Road instead of the original Bell Green. In 1994 beyond Lewisham was abandoned to make the more or less current route of West Croydon to Lewisham, although, in that year, it was converted to single decker operation. In 1997 double deck operation resumed with Volvo Olympian. In 2002, the route was extended to Croydon Fairfield Halls.[2]

In 2000, route 54 was curtailed to Elmers End (due to the new Tramlink) and so route 75 had become quite a busy route. Despite this, the night service of the route was withdrawn on 19 May 2007.

In November 2005 and February 2006, three cases of sexual assault were reported to have occurred on the route.[3]

Upon being re-tendered the route passed from Selkent to Metrobus on 25 April 2009 with new Optare Olympus bodied Scania N230UDs introduced.[4]

Upon being re-tendered the route returned to Stagecoach Londons, Catford garage on 26 April 2014 with new Alexander Dennis Enviro400Hs.[5][6][7]

Current route[edit]


  1. ^ David A. Ruddom, Motor omnibus routes in London: November 1908 to December 1912, 2
  2. ^ a b Route 75 Archived 27 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Broad daylight sex assault on bus 75 Archived 30 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine This Is Local London
  4. ^ Bus tender results Transport for London 15 September 2008
  5. ^ Major Routes Retained & First New Bus for London Stagecoach
  6. ^ Tender News BusTalk (Go-Ahead London) issue 24 October 2013
  7. ^ Chesters, Laura (26 August 2014). "Stagecoach growth hit by worsening London traffic jams". Evening Standard. Retrieved 28 August 2014.

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