London Bus Route 289 - Purley - Waddon - Mayday Hospital - West Croydon - Addiscombe - Elmers End (9 Miles).
Operated By Arriva London
Garage: Thornton Heath THPast Timetables: July 1982
, Sep 1982
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The route 289 began on the 15th June 1968. The 289 was routed from Thornton Heath garage to the Addiscombe Black Horse Pub, this route on ran Monday to Friday, which was operated by RT’s. In 1970 the route started a Saturday service which partly replaced the withdrawn section of the 50
, as the route coasted a lot of money to run with double deckers they decided to put SMS on the route which were single deck buses (M-F 4 SMS) and S (3 SMS) During 1973 the route was extended from the Addiscombe Black Horse to Elmers End Green. The amount of buses used on the route was upgraded from 4 SMS to 5 SMS Monday to Friday and 3 SMS to 4 SMS Saturday. In 1978 the route was extended to Beckenham Junction and the route operation was transferred to Elmers End Bus Garage. Later on that year the SMS buses were replaced by LS. The bus frequency was also increased to 7LS Monday to Saturday, due to the amount of people which were using the route. When 1981 came the route was extended to Purley, Monday to Friday except evenings, so the evening and Saturday busesstopped at Croydon Airport. In 1985 the route was cut back from Beckenham Junction to Elmers End Green. A year later the operating garage was changed to TC South Croydon, and cut down the Saturday buses by 2 LS. In Early 1987 London Transport didn’t want the route anymore so London and Country took over so the nearest operating garage was Chelsham Garage (CM). London and Country pushed for the 289 to be full time going to Purley, and they finally got the permission to do so 4 years later in 1991. In 1993 there was a timetable change which had a Sunday journey on it from Purley Way to West Croydon but this only ran in the afternoons. A year later in 1994 they decided to give the 289 a daily service from CN. In 1995 London Links started to operate the route from CN. In and around 1999 Arriva London South LTD took the route from London Links and Beddington Garage. A few years later the 289 was allocated new long Dennis Darts (PDL) so wheelchair users could go on thebuses easily. In 2001 the current PVR was Monday to Saturday 9PDL and Sunday 7PDL. Throughout 2003 the odd Dennis Wright buses started to appear on the 289 and by 2005 was a regular thing. In the current PVR in May 2006 was Monday to Friday 8PDL and 2DW, Saturday 9PDL and Sunday 9PDL. On the 10th March 2007 the route was transferred to operate from Thornton Heath Garage TH and the 450
was transferred to Beddington Garage CN, the current PVR is Monday to Friday 10PDL/DDL, Saturday and Sunday 9PDL/DDL, you also find that a couple of DLA’s run on the route as the DW were not transferred with the 289 to TH. The average journey time is between 38 and 64 minutes. The frequency Monday to Saturday is every 12-15 minutes, Sundays run every 20 minutes and evenings run every 30 minutes.