London Buses route 312


London Buses route 312

Infobox London Bus
number=312


operator=Arriva London
garage=South Croydon
vehicle= Dennis Dart SLF/Alexander Dennis Pointer
pvr= Monday to Saturday: 6PDL
Sunday: 5PDL
start=Norwood Junction
end=South Croydon
via=Addiscombe
Croydon
length= 4 miles (7 km)
level=Daily
frequency=About every 12 minutes
time= 22-37 minutes
night=No night service
day=5:00am until 1:00am
ibus=yes

London Buses route 312 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. The service is currently contracted to Arriva London.

History

The 312 seems to have been on quite a dramatic play for the last couple of years, as if it's fastened to a yo-yo rope with fellow Arriva South London route 197. The 312 began operation in September 1990, operated by South London, using the typical Croydon area Volvo Olympian. At this point the route was Peckham Garage to South Croydon Swan and Sugar Loaf, via Dulwich, Forest Hill, Sydenham, Penge, Anerley and Norwood Junction, then via the current route Woodside, Addiscombe and Croydon. And was operating out of South London's (or now Arriva London's) Thornton Heath Garage.

Then in 1994 the allocation changed over to South Croydon Garage leading the bus to extend there from the Sugar loaf. In 2001 the 312 converted to low floor double deck, Leyland Titan, still keeping the same route.

In 2005, by now South London had been rebranded as Arriva London, the route saw a massive change as it almost completely transformed into the 197, as it became a much shorter route Norwood Junction to South Croydon, exactly the same destinations of the old 197. The only change was that the 312 took a left at the end of Portland Road and went to Woodside tram stop, instead of carrying on like the 197 did (and still does) to Blackhorse Lane tram stop. The 197 completely replaced the old 312 from Norwood Junction to Peckham, without changing it a bit. Due to this the 197 terminated in Central Croydon (Croydon High street/Flyover to be exact), and the 312 converted to single decker, even though the old 197 used 2 deckers.

Current route

Route departing South Croydon

* Norwood Junction Station "Clifford Road"
* Portland Road
* Spring Lane
* Woodside tram stop
* Spring Lane
* Lower Addiscombe Road
* Addiscombe Tramlink
* Lower Addiscombe Road
* Cherry Orchard Road
* East Croydon Station and Tramlink
* George Street
* Park Street
* Croydon "High Street"
* South End
* Brighton Road
* Riddlesdown Road
* Purley Downs Road
* Brighton Road
* South Croydon "Bus Garage"

Route departing Norwood Junction

* South Croydon "Bus Garage"
* Brighton Road
* South End
* Croydon "High Street"
* Katharine Street
* Park Street
* Park Lane
* George Street
* East Croydon Station and Tramlink
* Cherry Orchard Road
* Lower Addiscombe Road
* Addiscombe Tramlink
* Lower Addiscombe Road
* Spring Lane
* Woodside tram stop
* Spring Lane
* Portland Road
* Doyle Road
* Norwood Junction Station "Clifford Road"

Gallery

ee also

*List of bus routes in London
*Arriva London

External links

* [http://www.tfl.gov.uk Transport for London]
* [http://www.busesatwork.co.uk London Bus Routes]
* [http://www.londonbusesbyadam.fotopic.net London Bus Routes Fotopic]
* [http://www.londonbusroutes.net/times/312.pdf Full Timetable (PDF)]


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