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Monday 11 December 2006

This year’s Bromley Park & Ride

Filed under: Service Changes — londonbuspageinexile @ 7:42 pm

Metrobus Dennis Dart SLF 207 (SN03 WLL) on the Bromley Park & Ride, Saturday 9th December 2006 (13:37) In between covering the 159 road run on Saturday 9th December, I snatched an hour in Bromley to cover some of the happenings of the last few months. The 61 I managed to photograph was a Trident, and an indigenous Bromley vehicle at that, rather than one of the multiple loans from East London or what I particularly wanted, one of the just-introduced Enviro400s. I got a passable 402 (converted from Olympian to DAF single-deck some months back) but both 261s I espied were Tridents rather than that route’s incoming batch of Scanias. What I did manage to bag, therefore, was an example of the latest incarnation of the Bromley Park & Ride, route B99, in the form of Metrobus 207 (SN03 WLL). After double-decking the 405, Metrobus have found themselves with these very youthful Darts spare, and they are hanging around to do the B99. Metrobus have had this seasonal route before – indeed, it’s been through the three local operators once or twice each now – but this year the number seems not to be displayed. It also appears out of a different side street, Ringer’s Road, rather than laying over alongside the Glades shopping centre.


  1. Some of the ’03’ Darts made redundant in London from both the 353 and 405 coversions to d/d are being refurbished and repainted to upgrade Crawley town route 2; the livery is the same as the one introduced on the Scania Omnicitys on route 1 last year. The Darts will enter service in early January.

    Comment by Julian — Wednesday 20 December 2006 @ 9:36 am

  2. Shame you didn’t get to see the new 61’s whilst in Bromley, most of the route has now converted and they look very smart, although the local idiot population has alreadsy left their mark on the upstairs windows!

    Why is it that in most parts of London bus windows are left alone but in the South East…..

    Comment by Bob — Friday 22 December 2006 @ 9:01 am

  3. Bromley P&R confuses me…..Why do they have one??? To anyone who knows Bromley, it’s not really “Kent”, is it? It’s well served along the corridor that passes TB…..Croydon(a similar place) doesn’t feel the need for P&R – why DOES Bromley?

    Comment by I'm The Daddy Now.... — Sunday 24 December 2006 @ 10:06 pm

  4. sir u should check out route 185 its all over the place its running i think LOANED PVLs VOLVO, NEW VOLVO as well as i think one of them is some sort of mixer/ add on bus well they are a bit better than then old reckers he used to run by that i mean 1 single decker of some disrciption i live over there so you cam contact me to get some pics

    Comment by paul — Saturday 30 December 2006 @ 11:14 pm

  5. A few comments on this years park and ride.

    The main reason for the change in the town centre terminus from Elmfied road is the fact that the “improvements” made in Elmfied road meant that there was no longer space for the park and ride to stand.

    There is a need for park and ride in bromley, as anyone stuck in Kentish way when the Glades car park is full will testify.

    Croydon expects drivers to take advantage of tramlink but there has not been any investment on a park and ride site yet. I thoght that was part of the plans when tramlink was proposed. There is plenty of underutilsed land in the vicinity of Addington Village and a large derelict area near Waddon Marsh (part of the old Gas works)

    Comment by david hulls — Tuesday 9 January 2007 @ 2:25 pm

  6. …#5 To me, P&R is a provincial concept, where it augments an often inadequate bus service – this cannot be said of Bromley(or anywhere?) in the TfL “empire”! IMO P&R sends out the wrong message to potential users of public transport in London. I myself, have driven P&R buses in Canterbury…the service works well there. Let it remain out of London please.

    Comment by I'm The Daddy Now.... — Tuesday 9 January 2007 @ 7:32 pm

  7. That old derelict land has become flats. There is some derelict land in parts of the sewage farm on Beddington Lane.

    Comment by Tom — Monday 13 August 2012 @ 11:27 am

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