|Operated by||Arriva London|
|Garage||Thornton Heath (TH)|
|Vehicle||Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.1m|
|Via|| Norwood Junction|
|Length||12 miles (19 km)|
|Journey time||46-83 minutes|
|Frequency||About every 12–20 minutes|
|Day||05:00 until 01:30|
|Night||No night service|
|Adult single fares|
The route was contracted to Connex until it was forced to sell off all of its assets in the United Kingdom, due to the poor performance of the Connex South Eastern and Connex South Central rail franchises in the same area of South London. It route shares quite a similar routing as the 410.
Today's 157 commenced operation on 13 September 1926 as a daily service between Morden Station and Wallington (Melbourne Hotel) via Morden Road, Bishopsford Road, Sutton and Carshalton. It was one of five new "Underground feeder" routes (155, 156, 157, 164 & 165) that were introduced to connect to the new Northern Line station at Morden, which also opened on 13 September 1926. Three single-deck AEC K-type buses were needed to provide the service. This was the third time that the route number 157 had been used on a motor-bus route in London. Just twelve days later on 25 September 1926, the 157 was re-routed to serve St Helier Avenue. The route must have been well patronised as as from 18 March 1927 it was double-decked with 3 AEC NS-type buses being allocated.
As from 1 April 1931 the 157 was again re-routed between Morden and Sutton, this time via the Sutton-by-Pass (today's Reigate Avenue) and Collingwood Road. This routing was changed again as from 28 February 1934 when the 157 was diverted to serve Angel Hill. Less than a month later, as from 25 March 1934, the 157 became a Monday to Saturday only route when the Sunday service was withdrawn. On 16 January 1935, the routing was again changed, this time the 157 was diverted at Rose Hill via Wrythe Lane and North Street to Carshalton, with the route becoming a daily service again, as well as being extended from Morden Station to Raynes Park via South Merton as from 27 February 1935.
In 1954 the RT buses replaced the D Type vehicles that had been allocated to the route since 1945. On 4 March 1959 in the first stage of London Transport's trolleybus replacement scheme the service was extended to Crystal Palace, replacing trolleybus route 654. In 1964 Carshalton garage closed, and a new Saturday service was introduced. In 1970 a Sunday service was added to the route, but this didn't last long as later in the year the Sunday service between Morden and Raynes Park was terminated, as only Monday-Saturday and early Sunday morning services were still keeping the 'Original route'. The service was enhanced due to the withdrawal of the 154 between West Croydon and Crystal Palace in 1981.
On 22 August 1987, the Sutton (A) allocation was transferred to Thornton Heath (TH) garage.
On 26 November 1988, the Thornton Heath (TH) and Croydon (TC) allocations was transferred to Sutton (A) garage.
On 21 February 1993, the Daimler Fleetlines were replaced by MCW Metrobuses.
On 26 July 1997, the MCW Metrobuses were replaced by Northern Counties bodied Volvo Olympians.
On 1 December 2001, the route passed to Connex operating from their Beddington Cross (BC) garage and was converted to low floor operation using Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Tridents introduced.
In February 2004, the route was included in the sale of Connex to Travel London.
On 2 December 2006, the route was retained by Travel London.
In May 2009, the route was included in the sale of Travel London to Abellio London.
On 3 December 2011, the route was retained by Abellio London with Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs introduced.
On 3 December 2016, the route passed to Arriva London operating from their Thornton Heath (TH) garage using Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s.
Previous route 157s in LondonEdit
The route number 157 had been used twice prior to its current use.
- Between March 1914 and October 1914 for a Camden Town <to> Epping Forest (High Beach) Sundays only route via Finsbury Park, Clapton and Leyton.
- Between April 1915 and October 1915 for a Finsbury Park <to> Epping Forest (High Beach) Sundays only route via Clapton and Leyton.
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