London Bus Route 152 - New Malden, Fountain Roundabout - Raynes Park - Wimbledon Chase - Colliers Wood - Mitcham - Eastfields - Pollards Hill. (8 Miles)
Operated By Go Ahead London: London General
Garage: Merton AL
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The route 152 began a few years before 1950. But in January 1950 the route was operated at Merton Garage (AL) and provided a daily service between Hampton Court Station and Mitcham Cricketers (via Kingston by Pass, Hook, Tolworth, Malden, Raynes Park, South Wimbledon and Colliers Wood). The current PVR was Monday to Saturday 12D and Sunday 15D. On the 27th June 1951 the route was extended from Hampton Court Station to Feltham to replace the withdrawn section of the 201
. A Kingston (K) allocation was also introduced on this date. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 14D (AL) 3STL (K), Saturday 18D (AL) and Sunday 25D (AL) 3RT (K).
On the 17th October 1951 the Sunday Kingston allocation was withdrawn. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 14D (AL) 3STL (K), Saturday 15D (AL) and Sunday 18D (AL). On the 19th May 1954 the RT type was introduced to the 152. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 14RT (AL) 3RT (K), Saturday 14RT (AL) and Sunday 39RT (AL). On the 9th May 1962 there was some route changes. The current route was: Feltham (MF peaks) - Teddington (MS) – Hampton Court (Suns) – Mitcham. The Kingston (K) allocation was also withdrawn on this date. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 17RT (AL), Saturday 11RT (AL) and Sunday 8RT (AL).
On the 9th October 1963 the route was withdrawn Saturdays between Teddington and Hampton Court. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 17RT (AL), Saturday 8RT (AL) and Sunday 5RT (AL). A few years later on the 16th May 1966, the route was withdrawn between Teddington and Hampton Court except from Monday to Friday peak hour journeys to Feltham. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 16RT (AL), Saturday 8RT (AL) and Sunday 5RT (AL). On the 24th January 1970 the 152 had some major route changes, as the route was diverted towards Esher rather than Hampton Court and also did not run down the A3 anymore as it was diverted via New Malden Police Station. The current route was Esher (MF)- Tolworth (Weekends)- Mitcham. On this date the 152 was also converted to single deck operation, which was now one person operation. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 11MB, Saturday 5MB and Sunday 2MB.
On the 20th October 1973 the 152 was withdrawn between Hinchey Wood and Esher but the 152 now replaced the withdrawn section of route 72
between Tolworth and Hampton Grammar School. The route was Mitcham to Hampton Court but on school days the route ran to Hampton Grammar school. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 14MB, Saturday 8MB and Sunday 4MB. By the 18th May 1974 due to so many people using the 152 it was converted back to double deck operation using DMS type. On the 8th March 1975 there was another slight routing change to the 152 around the Tolworth area. Here is the current route, Mitcham- Tolworth- Red Lion Road- Hook Road- Hampton Court and school journeys extended to Hampton grammar school. There was a slight change to the PVR weekdays at it decreased by 3 to 11DMS.
Five years later there was another change to the 152, as it was diverted via Surbiton station instead of Hampton court so this section was un-served but the school journeys were as this section was replaced by the 152A. The current route was Mitcham- Colliers Wood- South Wimbledon- Raynes Park- New Malden- Tolworth- Ewell Road- Surbiton Station. There was a slight change again to the PVR of the 152, Monday to Friday 9DMS, Saturday 4DMS and Sunday 3DMS. On the 25th April 1981 there was a slight change to the routing of the 152 between Tolworth and Surbiton instead of via Ewell Road it was now via Red Lion Road and also the buses towards Mitcham double run via the Hook Roundabout. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 7DMS, Saturday 4DMS and Sunday 3DMS, and surprisingly is still being operated at Merton garage.
On the 4th September 1982 the Sunday 152 service was revised as it was now diverted to Chessington Zoo. The current route was Chessington Zoo (Sun) – Surbiton Station (Mon-Sat) – Mitcham. The route was also converted back to single deck operation again using Leyland Nationals (LS), but the same amount of buses ran. By The 27th June 1987 there was another route change to the 152, as the route was withdrawn between New Malden and Surbiton/ Chessington Zoo. The route was diverted via the route 131
to Kingston. The current route was Kingston- Norbiton- New Malden- Raynes Park- South Wimbledon- Colliers Wood and Mitcham Cricketers. The PVR stayed the same at this point.
Through the last few years of the 80’s there were many more changes to the 152. By the 3rd April 1988 there was a school journey route added to the 152 which ran from Mitcham to Hook Ace of Spades via Kingston by Pass, but the normal routing of the 152 stayed the same. A few months later in November Sutton-Bus took over the route from London Transport so the route was now operated from Sutton Garage (A), the PVR was Monday to Friday 8D, Saturday 6D and Sunday 4D. On the 3rd June 1989 Sutton garage were a little short of buses so Colliers Wood Garage (AA) decided they would help out, The current PVR was Monday to Friday 8D (A), 2M (AA), Saturday 7D (A) and Sunday 5D (A).
On the 29th September 1990, there was a slight allocation change to the 152 as Sutton Garage (A) didn’t run as many buses on the 152 so most of them came from Colliers Woods Garage (AA) now. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 1D (A), 6D (AA), Saturday 4D (AA) and Sunday 4D (A). By the 30th November 1991 the allocation was transferred back to a full time Merton garage (AL) allocation. There was a slight change to the routing of the 152 again as it was withdrawn between New Malden and Kingston, but the positive side is that it was extended from Mitcham to Pollards Hill, at this point the route was converted to Midi-Bus operation (MRL’s). The current PVR was Monday to Friday 7MRL, Saturday 6MRL and Sunday 3MRL.
On the 25th April 1992 an additional double deck operation was introduced from Sutton Garage (A) on weekdays, this was 1M all of the Merton allocations stayed the same. By the 5th September the same year the double deck operation was withdrawn between Mitcham and Pollards Hill, this was mainly to help the school journeys. A few years later in April 1994 the Double Deck operation was transferred to Merton (AL). On the 30th November 1996 it was the start of a new contract with London General, this was an independent bus company. They introduced low floor operation buses to there routes, and the double deck journey stayed the same with a Metrobus type (M). The current PVR was Monday to Friday 8LDP/1M, Saturday 7LDP and Sunday 4LDP.
On the 1st December 2001 London General lost the contract to a private company called Mitcham Belle but luckily London General managed to keep the double deck journey which was mainly used for school children. Mitcham Belle’s garage was located in Beddington Lane. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 12 Dart (MB) 1PVL (AL), Saturday 12 Dart (MB) and Sunday 6 Dart (MB). On the 27th August 2004 Mitcham Belle were brought out by a company called Centra and the additional double Decker was withdrawn from Merton. The PVR stayed the same as well as the garage. On the 22nd April 2006 Centra couldn’t afford the routes anymore so the operation transferred to Travel London and they operate the route from their Beddington Lane Garage (BC). The current PVR is Monday to Saturday 11 Dart, and Sunday 6 dart. The average frequency Monday to Saturday is every 12 minutes, Sunday and evenings run every 20 minutes. The average journey time is between 33-64 minutes.
History Last updated on the 25th August 2006