35px London Buses
Operated by Arriva London
Garage South Croydon
Vehicle VDL DB250/Wright Pulsar Gemini
PVR 10
Start Croydon
Via Thornton Heath
Melfort Road
End Streatham Hill
Length 6 miles (9 km)
Level Daily
Frequency About every 12 minutes
Journey time 25-44 minutes
Day 5:30am until 1:00am
Night No night service
Adult single fares
Oyster 90p
Cash £2.00
peak vehicle requirement
Transport for LondonPerformance

London Buses route 50 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, United Kingdom. The service is currently contracted to Arriva London.


Route 50 was commenced before 7th January 1951, and provided a Monday to Saturday peak hour service between Streatham Hill and Embankment. The route was operated from Brixton Garage (BN) and Clapham Garage (CA) by AEC Regent III RT (RT) and Leyland Titan (RTL) buses.

By October 1956, the Saturday Clapham allocation was withdrawn, and the peak vehicle requirement (PVR) was 3RT from Brixton and 6RTL from Clapham Mondays to Fridays, and 3RT from Brixton on Saturdays.

By 16th October 1957 the entire Saturday service was withdrawn also with the allocation at Clapham. The route was also revised Monday to Friday to run between Addiscombe Black Horse and Stockwell Station. Monday to Friday peak services were extended to Embankment.

By the end of November 1958 the Saturday service was running again, but only between Addiscombe and Stockwell. The peak vehicle requirement (PVR) was increased Mondays to Fridays to 12RT and 10RT on Saturdays.


During May 1963 the AEC Regent III RT buses were withdrawn and replaced by Leyland Titans (RTL). The Monday to Friday PVR was increased to 13RTL and Saturday stayed the same.

On 29th January 1964 the 50 was withdrawn between Victoria and Embankment, the route ran from Addiscombe to Victoria Monday to Saturdays. Streatham Garage (AK) took over the allocation from Brixton. The AEC Regent III RT (RT) buses were now in action again on the 50. The current PVR Mondays to Fridays was 15RT and Saturdays was 13RT.

By the very end of 1966, the route was withdrawn between Stockwell and Victoria except from Monday to Friday peak services. A new allocation was introduced from Thornton Heath Garage (TH). The current PVR was Monday to Friday 7RT from Thornton Heath and Streatham garages and on Saturdays 9RT from Brixton garage.

On the 15th June 1968, there was more changes to the route of the 50. The Monday to Friday service between Streatham garage and Addiscombe was withdrawn due to a new route 289 which replaced part of the Croydon section of the 50. The current PVR was 11RT Mondays to Fridays from Brixton garage and 9RT from Streatham garage on Saturday.

On 19th July 1969, the Streatham garage allocation was withdrawn this was replaced by a full-time Brixton garage allocation.


On 31st October 1970, the Saturday service was withdrawn. Monday to Friday services ran from Streatham garage to Stockwell and Monday to Friday peak services ran to Victoria.

On 24th July 1971, a full weekday service was introduced. The route was converted to one person operation, and was operated by Daimler Fleetline (DMS) buses. The route was revised again, Monday to Saturday ran from Stockwell Station to Croydon and Sunday from Stockwell Station to Thornton Heath High Street. The current PVR Monday to Saturday was 9DMS and Sunday was 3DMS.


On the 4th September 1982, the Sunday service was withdrawn. The PVR for Monday to Saturday remained the same. Later in October 1984 the DMS type buses were replaced by MCW Metrobuses (M).

On the 7th February 1987, the Brixton garage allocation was withdrawn and was replaced by Streatham garage. The current PVR was 9M Mondays to Fridays.

On the 14th May 1988, the route was extended from Croydon to Old Coulsdon and withdrawn between Stockwell and Streatham. The route now ran from Streatham garage to Old Coulsdon. A Monday to Saturday South Croydon allocation was introduced. There were more PVR changes in November. Monday to Friday 10D/L from TC and Saturday 6D/L from TC and 5L/M from Streatham garage.

On the 28th October 1989, there were more PVR changes, Monday to Friday 10L/M from Streatham garage and 1D/L from South Croydon, and on Saturdays 10L/M from Streatham.


By now the route was only operated by Leyland Olympians and MCW Metrobuses. On the 21st July 1990 a Sunday service was reintroduced. The Streatham garage allocation was withdrawn and replaced by one at Thornton Heath. The route ran from Streatham St Leonard’s Church to Old Coulsdon daily. The current PVR was 10L Monday to Friday from Thornton Heath garage and 1D/L from South Croydon garage, 10L Saturday from Thornton Heath garage and 6L Sunday from Thornton Heath garage.

Later in June 1991, the route was withdrawn between Streatham St Leonard’s Church and Streatham garage.

On the 9th October 1993, the Thornton Heath garage allocation was withdrawn and was replaced by South Croydon garage. The current PVR was 11L/M Monday to Friday, and 10L/M Saturday and Sunday.

On the 29th August 1998, the route was withdrawn between South Croydon and Old Coulsdon, this was replaced by route 60.


On the 25th October 2003, the 50 was converted to low floor double deckers. The PVR is Monday to Saturday 10DW and Sunday 7DW.

On May 17, 2008 it was announced that the route will be extended to Stockwell station via Clapham Park, Clapham Common and Clapham North on August 30 to replace route 255 on this section.

Current route 50!!!😀😎😍🍕Edit

Route departing CroydonEdit

Route departing Streatham HillEdit

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List of bus routes in London

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