|35px London Buses|
|Vehicle||Dennis Trident 2/Alexander ALX400|
|End||Bluewater Shopping Centre|
|Length||13 miles (20 km)|
|Frequency||About every 8 minutes|
|Journey time||38-69 minutes|
|Day||4:30am until 1:00am|
|Night||No night service|
|Adult single fares|
| † peak vehicle requirement|
Transport for London •
The 96 commenced operation on 4 March 1959 in stage 1 of London Transport's "buses for trolleybuses" conversion scheme. It was a direct replacement for trolleybus route 696 and ran between Woolwich and Dartford via Plumstead, Welling and Bexleyheath. A supplementary daily route 195 between Woolwich and Eltham, also commenced at this time. This was the second time that a motorbus route had carried the route number 96.
Although a very stable route, the 96 was involved in an "area scheme", as the continual route change schemes in the early 1960s were known.
As from 8 May 1963, the 96 was extended at Woolwich to terminate at Victoria Way. The 195, which wasn't a successful route, was withdrawn at this time. One person operation came to the 96 as from 6 November 1971 and the route was extended to Charlton Station at the same time.
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