35px London Buses
Operated by Selkent
Garage Plumstead
Vehicle Dennis Trident 2/Alexander ALX400
PVR 22
Start Woolwich
Via Plumstead
End Bluewater Shopping Centre
Length 13 miles (20 km)
Level Daily
Frequency About every 8 minutes
Journey time 38-69 minutes
Day 4:30am until 1:00am
Night No night service
Adult single fares
Oyster 90p
Cash £2.00
peak vehicle requirement
Transport for LondonPerformance

London Buses route 96 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, United Kingdom. The service is currently contracted to Selkent.


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 The 195, which wasn't a successful route, was withdrawn at this time.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.

In August 2006 there was fire on a bus in Dartford.

Current routeEdit

Route departing WoolwichEdit

Then non-stop via:

  • East Hill
  • The Brent
  • Watling Street
  • St Clements Way


Route departing BluewaterEdit

Then non-stop via:

  • Bluewater Parkway
  • St Clements Way
  • Watling Street
  • The Brent
  • East Hill
  • Dartford High Street


See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

List of bus routes in London

1-99 | 100-199 | 200-299 | 300-399 | 400-499 | 500-599 | 600-699 | Letter prefix | Night only

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