London Bus Route 450 - Lower Sydenham - Crystal Palace - Upper Norwood - Thornton Heath - West Croydon. (9 Miles)
Operated By Arriva London
Garage: Thornton Heath TH
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The 450 was introduced on the 9th October 1993 to provide a link between Purley Old Lodge Lane & Crystal Palace (Via Croydon) replacing parts of the 412. The 450 only operated Monday To Saturday’s and was allocated at Thornton Heath Garage (TH) by South London Buses which allocated MRL’s to the route. The current PVR was Monday to Saturday 7MRL. By the 29th April 1995 Cowie South London took over the route from TH and they started to introduce Dennis Dart buses as well as the MRL’s. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 8DT/MRL and Saturday 7DT/MRL.
On the 9th December 1995 the MRL buses were withdrawn and was replaced by 100% Dennis Darts allocation. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 8DRL and Saturday 7DRL. On the 28th September 1996 the 450 was withdrawn between West Croydon and Purley Old Lodge Lane, this section was replaced by the new route 455
and was extended from Crystal Palace to Lower Sydenham. The PVR was decreased to 6DRL Monday to Saturday.
On the 29th September 2001 Arriva London retained the contract for the 450 using a brand new fleet of Dennis Plaxton Darts (PDL’s). A Sunday operation was also introduced as the start of the new contract. The current PVR was Monday to Saturday 8PDL and Sunday 5PDL. By the 29th March 2003 there was a slight change to the PVR, Monday to Friday 9PDL, Saturday 8PDL and Sunday 5PDL. On the 2nd April 2005 the PVR was increased again Monday to Friday to 10PDL.
On the 20th September 2006 the contract was retained by Arriva London and due to the high demand using the route new Long Dual Darts were allocated to the route. There was also a PVR increase to 11PDL Monday to Saturday & 7PDL Sunday. On the 10th March 2007 the allocation was transferred to Beddington Garage (CN) and the 289 was transferred to Thornton Heath (TH). All the buses were transferred with the move. A few years later with Arriva not wanting too use Beddington Garage for TFL routes the allocation was transferred back to Thornton Heath (TH) as part of the new contract which Arriva retained. The current PVR is Monday To Friday 13PDL, Saturday 11PDL & Sunday 7PDL. The average journey time is between 40 & 65 mins. The frequency Monday to Saturday is every 12 mins (10 during Peaks), Sunday & evenings run every 20mins.
History Last Updated 23rd March 2013