Route 249 - Anerley Station - Crystal Palace - Upper Norwood - Streatham - Balham - Clapham Common. (8 Miles)
Operated By Arriva London
Garage: Norwood N
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The 249 began on the 25th May 1991 and provided a Monday to Saturday service between Crystal Palace and Tooting Bec Station (via Beulah Hill and Streatham Common). The route was operated at Streatham Garage (AK). The current PVR was Monday to Friday 10DR+1M (349
) and Saturday 8DR. On the 14th March 1992, a Sunday service was introduced as the Sunday 349
service was withdrawn. The route Monday to Saturday stayed the same as before but the Sunday service continued on to West Brompton (via Clapham Junction, Battersea Bridge and Chelsea). A Norwood Garage (N) allocation was also introduced on this date and the Streatham allocation was transferred to Brixton (BN). The current PVR was Monday to Friday 2T/349
(BN) 10DR (N), Saturday 9DR (N) and Sunday 13T (BN). On the 24th October 1992 the Sunday service was converted to single deck using DR type buses. The PVR allocations stayed the same.
By the 14th February 1993 there was another route change to the Sunday allocation, as the 249 was withdrawn between Sloane Square and West Brompton. This change was enforced to replace part of the 219
. The route Monday to Saturday ran from Crystal Palace to Tooting Bec Station and Sundays ran from Crystal Palace to Sloane Square (Via Tooting Bec and Clapham Junction). The current PVR was Monday to Friday 2T (BN) 10DR (N), Saturday 9DR (N) and Sunday 11DR (N). On the 15th September 1996 the Sunday service was withdrawn between Tooting Bec and Sloane Square this section was replaced by the 319
which was introducing a Sunday service. The current route was Crystal Palace to Tooting Bec Station Monday to Sunday. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 1L (BN) 10DR (N), Saturday 9DR (N) and Sunday 7DR (N). By the 30th August 1997 the Brixton and Norwood allocations were transferred to Thornton Heath Garage (TH). The current PVR was Monday to Friday 11DR/1L, Saturday 10DR and Sunday 8DR.
On the 30th January 1999 the allocation was transferred back to Norwood Garage (N) and was converted to double deck using Leyland Olympians. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 9L, Saturday 10L and Sunday 6L. By the 25th May 1999 the route was extended from Tooting Bec Station to Balham Station. The PVR stayed the same. On the 26th July 2003 the 249 was extended again to Anerley Station, (via route 157). The PVR was also increased on this date, Monday to Friday 11L, Saturday 12L and Sunday 9L, the route was now running from Anerley Station to Balham Station. In Late 2005 Norwood Garage were phasing out the old Olympians and replacing them with low floor double decks, DLA and VLA type. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 9DLA, Saturday 13DLA and Sunday 10DLA. On the 30th August 2008 the 249 was extended again from Balham Station to Clapham Common Old Town (via 155
). The current PVR is Monday to Friday 9DLA, Saturday 13DLA and Sunday 10DLA. The frequency Monday to Saturday is every 12 minutes, Sunday and evenings every 15 minutes. The average journey time is between 34 and 64 minutes.
Last Updated 15th October 2008