|35px London Buses|
|Operated by||East Thames Buses|
|Garage||Belvedere and Mandela Way|
|Vehicle||Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President|
|PVR †|| 13 from Belvedere|
6 from Mandela Way
|Length||10 miles (15 km)|
|Frequency||About every 10 minutes|
|Journey time||42-90 minutes|
|Day||4:30am until 0:30am|
|Night||No night service|
|Adult single fares|
| † peak vehicle requirement|
Transport for London •
London Buses route 185 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, United Kingdom. The service is currently contracted to East Thames Buses, based at Mandela Way (near Bricklayers Arms) and Belvedere, both quite a distance from the terminals. The 185 is allocated Plaxton President low floor double deck buses but also uses the Wright Eclipse Gemini shared with the 1 at Mandela Way and the 132, 180 and night bus N1 at Belvedere.
The 185 has had a couple of rocky years. The original route was Victoria to Blackwall Tunnel south side, via the current route and Greenwich. This bus acted as a tram replacement route, at the time in which the government was trying to phase out the olden trams.
In 1982 the Lewisham to Blackwall Tunnel stretch was withdrawn, with the exception of peak services to Greenwich Church. In 1987 the part between Lewisham and Greenwich was completely scrapped, in favour of a shorter route. The route only had minor modifications between then and 2001, such as garage changes and the buses changing from RTL's to Titans.
In January 2001 Stagecoach London (Stagecoach Selkent at the time) operation was terminated in favour of London Easylink. However because Easylink did not hold a licence at the time to operate in London a temporary service was operated by Stagecoach, London General and Blue Triangle for a few weeks. The operation of the 185 then ran smoothly for just over a year until in August 2002 London Easylink went into liquidation and at short notice Blue Triangle was given the task of organising emergency cover. Quite a large number of operators were used such as the following:
- London Central
- London General
- First London (even though they had no double-decker operations in the Lewisham area at the time)
- Blue Triangle
- The Original tour
This caused problems to people who had not travelled on the 185 before. Blue Triangle brought in some Original Tour central London buses which were roofless!
Finally after a long time of this operation, in 2003 East Thames Buses - a direct subsidiary of TfL - was awarded the contract. East Thames Buses initially started operating with low floor Dennis Dart SLF/Caetano Compass buses, but these were soon replaced.
Route departing LewishamEdit
Route departing VictoriaEdit
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