London Bus Route 227 - Bromley North - Shortlands - Beckenham - Penge - Crystal Palace. (6 Miles)
Operated By Stagecoach London
Garage: Bromley TB Past Timetables: Sep 1982
, Nov 1985
, Nov 1987
, Dec 2001
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The route 227 began before 1950, and provided a service between Penge and Chislehurst. The route was operated at Elmers End Garage (ED) by LTL type buses. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 20LTL, Saturday 24LTL and Sunday 14LTL.
On the 2nd May 1951 the Elmers End allocation was withdrawn and replaced by Bromley Garage (TB). A little while later on the 27th June the route was extended from Penge to Crystal Palace. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 24LTL, Saturday 26LTL and Sunday 15LTL.
On the 22nd October 1952 the LTL type buses were withdrawn and replaced by RF type. There were no changes until the 2nd January 1971 when the route was converted to One Person Operation my SMS type. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 17SMS, Saturday 14SMS and Sunday 8SMS.
On the 15th July 1972 the route was revised Crystal Palace - Chislehurst (MF/Sun) or Eltham (Sat). The current PVR was Monday to Friday 19SMS, Saturday 17SMS and Sunday 8SMS.
On the 18th July 1974 the route was withdrawn between Chislehurst and Eltham so the route ran again from Crystal Palace to Chislehurst. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 19SMS, Saturday 15SMS and Sunday 8SMS. On the 21st August 1977 the route was converted to Leyland National operation (LS) by London Transport.
On the 19th January 1991 the route was operated by Selkent, and the Sunday service was converted to Dart/Midibus operation. The current PVR was Monday to Saturday 13LS and Sunday 6DT/MRL. On the 27th April 1991 the route was withdrawn between Bromley and Chislehurst this section was replaced by a short-lived route 161
extension to Bromley. This section of the route is now served by route 162
. The current PVR was Monday to Saturday 9LS and Sunday 4MRL.
On the 29th February 1992 Kentish Bus now operated the route from there Dunton Green Garage. The route was under the operate of Leyland Nationals and Lynxes. The current PVR was Mondiony to Saturday 12SD and Sunday 6SD.
On the 8th November 1997 Stagecoach took over the contract for the route from Kentish Bus and the 227 was once again back at Bromley garage (TB). The route, initially was operated by 11m Plaxton Verde bodied Dennis Lances (LV) which previously had been operated on route 208
The LVs originally operated from Catford garage on route 208
in a red, grey, black & white livery. During 2000, their London days were numbered, as TfL specified dual door, Low floor vehicles were needed.
The 24th June 2000 the route was converted to Low floor operation using rare Plaxton Super Pointer Darts. The only examples ever used in the TfL network. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 11LFSD, Saturday 12LFSD and Sunday 5LFSD.
In July 2006 Stagecoach London were bought out by Australian investment bank 'Macquarie Bank'. The decision was made to revert the company name to 'Selkent', as part of the East London Bus Group, also incorporating 'East London' and now 'Thameside'. The route is normally operated by the Super Pointer Darts which are allocated to the route, however vehicles from routes 246
are known to operate on the route. The current PVR is 12DL Monday to Saturday and 10DL Sunday. The average journey time is between 22 and 36 minutes. The Monday to Saturday frequency is every 8 minutes Sunday and evenings every 12 to 15 minutes.