London Bus Route 280 - Belmont - Sutton - St Helier - Mitcham - Tooting, St George's Hospital. (7 Miles)
Operated By Go Ahead London: London General
Garage: Merton AL
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The route 280 began on the 22nd March 1969 and was introduced to replace part of the 80
, the route provided a Monday to Saturday service between Tooting Broadway and Belmont Station except from school journeys which carry on running to Walton on the Hill (Via Mitcham, St Helier, Sutton, Brighton Road, New Road, Mere Road and Walton Street). The Route was operated at Sutton Garage by RT type buses. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 11RT and Saturday 14RT. On the 24th January 1970 the school journey route was diverted in Tadworth. On the 5th January 1974 a Sunday service was introduced, the current route was, Monday to Saturday Tooting – Belmont, Sundays Tooting – Banstead Hospital and School Journeys from Tooting to Walton on the Hill. The route was also converted to one person operation. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 11DMS, Saturday 14DMS and Sunday 5DMS.
On the 23rd October 1976 the school journeys to Walton on the Hill were withdrawn, the allocation was also joint with the new route 280A. The current route was Monday to Saturday Tooting Broadway to Lower Kingswood, Sunday Tooting Broadway to Belmont Station and Sunday afternoons Tooting to Banstead Hospital. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 13DMS, Saturday 17DMS and Sunday 5DMS. On the 31st March 1979 the route was diverted to Banstead due to the withdrawal of route 164A
. The Monday to Friday PVR was increased to 14DMS. On the 24th April 1982 there were a few minor route changes, for the 280, Monday to Sunday (except Sun afternoons) Tooting to Belmont and Sunday afternoons ran onto Banstead Hospital. The current PVR was Monday to Saturday 10DMS and Sunday 5DMS.
On the 27th April 1985 the route was extended Monday to Saturday to Wandsworth Town Centre. The current route was Monday to Saturday Wandsworth to Belmont Station, Sundays (except afternoons) Tooting to Belmont and afternoons ran onto Banstead Hospital. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 14D, Saturday 11D and Sunday 5D. On the 25th October 1986 the Sunday service to Banstead was withdrawn, the current route was Monday to Sunday Wandsworth to Belmont, the Sunday PVR was decreased to 4D. On the 26th November 1988 the route was withdrawn between Belmont and Sutton, the Sunday service was also withdrawn. The allocation was transferred to Merton AL.
On the 25th May 1991 the D type were replaced by Metrobuses M, the route was withdrawn between Tooting and Wandsworth and was diverted to Colliers Wood instead, this was replaced by the new route 270, the Sunday service was re-introduced. The current PVR was Monday to Saturday 11M and Sunday 9M. On the 9th November 1991 the route was diverted to Tooting St Georges Hospital instead of Colliers Wood. During 2000 the route was converted to Low floor double deck. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 11PVL, Saturday 13PVL and Sunday 9PVL. The current PVR was Monday to Saturday 12PVL and Sunday 10PVL. The route has still stayed the same. The average journey time is between 33 and 56 minutes. The frequency Monday to Saturday is every 10 minutes, Sunday every 12 minutes and evenings every 15-20 minutes.
Last Updated 1st June 2007