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Route
Start Shoreditch High Street
Via Liverpool Street, Aldgate, Tower Gateway, Tower Bridge Road, Bermondsey Square, Dunton Road, Old Kent Road, Peckham, Peckham Rye
End Nunhead (Dundas Road)
Length 6.8 miles each way
Operations
Operator Arriva London North
Garage Ash Grove
Vehicle ADL E40H/ADL Enviro400 City
Peak vehicle requirement Mon-Fri: 18
Sat: 18
Sun: 13
Service
Journey time 40-68 mins
Frequency (in mins) Mon-Sat: 9 day, 12 eves
Sun: 12
Passenger usage data
1999/2000 2.349 million (215th)
2000/2001 2.703 million (+15%, 200th)
2001/2002 2.628 million (-3%, 212th)
2002/2003 2.880 million (+10%, 209th)
2003/2004 3.625 million (+26%, 189th)
2004/2005 3.833 million (+6%, 188th)
2005/2006 3.762 million (-2%, 198th)
2006/2007 3.689 million (-2%, 196th)
2007/2008 3.896 million (+6%, 196th)
2008/2009 4.326 million (+11%, 192nd)
2009/2010 4.716 million (+9%, 174th)
2010/2011 4.330 million (-8%, 194th)
2011/2012 4.780 million (+10%, 180th)
2012/2013 4.747 million (-0.7%, 176th)
2013/2014 4.937 million (+4%, 172nd)
2014/2015 4.750 million (-4%, 177th)
2015/2016 4.194 million (-12%, 199th)


History Edit

3 October 1934: Existing route running from Shoreditch via Liverpool Street, Aldgate, Tower Bridge, Bermondsey Square, Old Kent Road, Peckham, Peckham Rye, Barry Road, Dulwich, Forest Hill, Perry Vale, Lower Sydenham, Sydenham, Parish Lane, Penge, Anerley, Birkbeck, Elmers End and Eden Park to West Wickham.

8 April 1936: Sunday service extended from West Wickham via Shirley, Addiscombe Road, East Croydon, Croydon, South Croydon and Waddon to Croydon Airport.

29 April 1936: Monday to Saturday service withdrawn between Lower Sydenham and West Wickham.

8 September 1937: Monday to Saturday service withdrawn between Dulwich Common and Lower Sydenham.

29 November 1939: Withdrawn between Dulwich Library and Dulwich Common (Mon-Sat)/Croydon Airport (Sun)

13 May 1972: Converted to one person operation.

31 October 1981: Converted to single-deck operation.

4 September 1982: Converted to double-deck operation.

13 August 1988: Extended from Dulwich Library via Lordship Lane to Forest Hill, partly replacing route 12.

10 November 1990: Contract awarded to London & Country.

13 March 1994: Withdrawn between Peckham Rye and Forest Hill.

4 February 1995: Operation transferred to Londonlinks.

28 June 1997: Operation transferred to Kentish Bus.

31 January 1998: Operation transferred to Grey-Green (later Arriva London).

27 March 1999: Converted to single-deck operation.

20 May 2000: Extended from Peckham Rye via Nunhead Lane to Nunhead (Dundas Road).

2 April 2011: Converted to double-deck operation.

Operators Edit

Route 78 has been operated by the following companies:

  • London Transport: 3 October 1934-31 March 1985
  • London Buses: 1 April 1985-31 March 1989
  • London Central: 1 April 1989-9 November 1990
  • London & Country: 10 November 1990-3 February 1995
  • Londonlinks: 4 February 1995-27 June 1997
  • Kentish Bus: 28 June 1997-30 January 1998
  • Grey-Green/Arriva London: 31 January 1998-present

Garages Edit

Route 78 has been operated from the following garages:

  • Nunhead (AH): 3 October 1934-1 May 1951
  • Catford (TL): 3 October 1934-28 November 1939
  • Elmers End (ED): 7 October 1934-26 November 1939
  • Dalston (D): 29 November 1939-7 January 1972
  • Old Kent Road (P): 17 April 1949-30 April 1950; 25 June 1950-23 November 1958
  • Peckham (PM): 2 May 1951-9 November 1990
  • Beddington Farm (CR): 10 November 1990-12 March 1994
  • Bricklayers Arms (SK): 10 November 1990-12 December 1992
  • Walworth (WL): 13 December 1992-27 June 1997
  • Cambridge Heath (CH)/Ash Grove (AE): 28 June 1997-30 January 1998; 16 October 2010-present
  • Stamford Hill (SH): 31 January 1998-26 March 1999; 16 October 1999-19 May 2000
  • Barking (DX): 27 March 1999-15 October 2010

Route descripton (list of stops served)Edit

Route departing ShoreditchEdit

  • Shoreditch High Street Station
  • Commercial Street / Worship Street
  • Primrose Street
  • Liverpool Street Station
  • St Botolph Street
  • Aldgate Station
  • Minories
  • Tower Hill / Tower Gateway Station
  • Tower of London
  • Tower Bridge / City Hall
  • Druid Street
  • Abbey Street
  • Griggs Place
  • Fendall Street
  • Spa Road
  • Alscot Road
  • Longfield Estate
  • Lynton Road
  • Humphrey Street
  • Trafalgar Avenue
  • Malt Street
  • Peckham Park Road / Old Kent Road
  • Bird In Bush Road
  • Commercial Way
  • Bonar Road
  • Peckham Library
  • The Aylesham Centre
  • Peckham Rye Station
  • Nigel Road
  • Peckham Rye / Nunhead Lane
  • Carden Road
  • Linden Grove
  • Barset Road
  • Hollydale Road
  • St Mary's Road

Route departing NunheadEdit

  • St Mary's Road
  • Hollydale Road
  • Barset Road
  • Nunhead Green
  • Carden Road
  • Peckham Rye / East Dulwich Road
  • Nigel Road
  • Heaton Road
  • Peckham Rye Station
  • The Aylesham Centre
  • Peckham Library
  • Bonar Road
  • Commercial Way
  • Bird In Bush Road
  • Peckham Park Road / Old Kent Road
  • Malt Street
  • Trafalgar Avenue
  • Dunton Road / Old Kent Road
  • Lynton Road
  • Longfield Estate
  • Alscot Road
  • Spa Road
  • Grange Road / Caledonian Market
  • Abbey Street
  • Druid Street
  • Tower Bridge / City Hall
  • Tower of London
  • Tower Gateway Station
  • Mansell Street
  • Duke's Place
  • Liverpool Street Station
  • Primrose Street
  • Shoreditch High Street Station
  • Curtain Road

Route record (list of roads traversed)Edit

Route departing ShoreditchEdit

Shoreditch High Street, Norton Folgate, Bishopsgate, Camomile Street, Outwich Street, Houndsditch, St Botolph Street, Middlesex Street, Aldgate High Street, Minories, Goodman's Yard, Mansell Street, Tower Bridge Approach, Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Road, Grange Road, Dunton Road, Mandela Way, Humphrey Street, Old Kent Road, Peckham Park Road, Buller Close, Peckham Hill Street, Peckham High Street, Clayton Road, Hanover Park, Rye Lane, Peckham Rye, Nunhead Lane, Evelina Road, St Mary's Road

Route departing NunheadEdit

St Mary's Road, Dundas Road, Ansdell Road, Hollydale Road, Nunhead Lane, East Dulwich Road, Peckham Rye, Rye Lane, Hanover Park, Clayton Road, Peckham High Street, Peckham Hill Street, Buller Close, Peckham Park Road, Old Kent Road, Dunton Road, Grange Road, Tower Bridge Road, Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Approach, Minories, Goodman's Yard, Mansell Street, Middlesex Street, St Botolph Street, Duke's Place, Bevis Marks, Camomile Street, Bishopsgate, Norton Folgate, Shoreditch High Street, Great Eastern Street, Holywell Lane, Curtain Road

Timetable informationEdit

First bus from Shoreditch: 0536

First bus from Nunhead: 0525

Last bus from Shoreditch: 0050

Last bus from Nunhead: 0015

Links Edit

Current timetable
Current route map
Zenfolio photo gallery
Timetable graveyard
Performance report (PDF file)