Roundabout Name Launch Cover1986 ROUTE R1 details 1986 ROUTE R2 details 1986 ROUTE R3 details 1986 ROUTE R4 details 1986 ROUTE R5 details 1986 ROUTE R6 details 1986

Initially the network was to be numbered L1-L6  but failure to reach pay and conditions with the trade unions, London Buses set up  Orpington Buses Ltd.

Trading as Roundabout the R was the obvious choice.

 

Saturday 16th August 1986 was the first day of operation for the origional six routes as set out below, scroll through each route for a detailed history.

 

With grateful thanks to local transport historian Karl Gurney helping me with specific date and route alterations.

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The R5A was unofficially used but accepted locally by regular passengers as being the School journey.

Route R5A was operated briefly by Leyland Nationals from Bromley Garage to ease loadings until LSs were replaced by Roundabout's OV class during 1988

  R5A

School Journeys                                  

 

School Journeys extended from Knockholt Pound to Badgers Mount via Halstead

School Journeys

HALSTEAD SCHOOL, Halstead Watercroft Road, Badgers Mount Badgers Road, Halstead Watercroft Road, Badgers Mount Post Office, Fort Halstead, HALSTEAD SCHOOL

16th August 1986 to 1st December 2005

1986 16 Aug

Route R1 (only)  introduced daily.  RH allocated from OB (trading as Roundabout).

 

Operation thus (route R1 displayed on all journeys):

M-Sa (eves excepted) two overlapping sections:

(i) Queen Marys Hospital – Green Street Green

(ii) Grovelands – Bromley Common (Crown)

Eves & Su: Queen Marys – Bromley Common (Crown) throughout.

 

REPLACES:

Route 229  Foots Cray – Green Street Green;

Route 261  Bromley Common – Orpington.

 

1987 from Aug Progressive conversion RH > MRL.

 

1987 31 Oct

Double run introduced via Orpington Hospital thus:

M-F 0830-2030, Sa 1330-2030, on journeys Queen Marys Hospital –       Green Street Green, also on evening through journeys within timespan;

Su 1330-2030.

Route R11 introduced, being displayed on all journeys via Orpington Hospital irrespective of origin / destination.

 

1988 16 Jul

Routes R1 / R11: Double run introduced via Foots Cray Tescos

              0830–2030 M-Sa only.

 

1990 9 Jun

Route R1:  progressive conversion MRL > DT.

Route R11: progressive conversion MRL > DT, but due grounding problems at junction of Orpington Hospital approach road with Sevenoaks Road, DT operated journeys unable to serve hospital.

 

1990 14 Jul

Route R11: withdrawn from Orpington Hospital whilst roadworks implemented to avoid grounding.

 

1990 15 Aug

Route R11: reinstated via Orpington Hospital on completion of roadworks.

 

1992 21 Nov

Routes R1 / R11: Sa/Su morning service introduced via Orpington Hospital from 0830 to match M-F service.  Route R1 journeys renumbered R11 as appropriate.  Routeing via Tesco introduced on Su 1000-1600 during store trading hours.

 

1995 2 Dec

Routes R1 / R11: Contract awarded to Centrewest (Orpington Buses).  DP allocated (initially) from SJ.  Routes R1 and R11 assume independent operation:

Route R1: becomes Grovelands – Bromley Common (omitting Orpington Hospital) daily;

Route R11: becomes Queen Marys Hospital – Green Street Green (via Orpington Hospital) daily.

1986 16 Aug

New route introduced M-F only, evenings excepted.  RH allocated from OB (trading as Roundabout).

 

Orpington Station – Biggin Hill Valley.

 

Ten journeys southbound; eleven journeys northbound; irregular headways 60-85 minutes; 125 minute gap early afternoon.  Journeys run direct Orpington Station – Sevenoaks Road (both directions), except for four southbound inter-peak journeys, which run via Spur Road, Gravel Pit Way, Homefield Rise and High Street.

 

REPLACES:

Route 858 over similar routeing.

 

1987 31 Oct

Introduced Sa; seven round journeys, all conforming to M-F inter-peak routeing.

 

1989 21 Oct

Additional early morning journey added M-Sa ex-Biggin Hill Valley.

 

1992 21 Nov

Extended 0900-1700 Orpington Station via route R3 to Poverest Road, thence via Austin Road, Sidmouth Road, Amherst Drive, Dorney Rise, Sherborne Road, Church Hill Wood, Poverest Road, thence via route R3 to Petts Wood Station. Southbound journeys operating via Spur Road, Gravel Pit Way, Homefield Rise and High Street continue to observe this routeing, thus serving Orpington Memorial, Macdonalds, twice. Clockface hourly timetable introduced for most of day.

 

1993 May Progressive conversion RH > FM.

 

1993 14 Aug

Rerouted in St Mary Cray: buses run entire length of Amherst Drive, thence via Sefton Road, Sherborne Road (omitting Dorney Rise), to line of route.  Southbound routeing via Spur Road,etc. withdrawn.

 

1995 2 Dec

Contract awarded to Crystals.  Mercedes midibus allocated from Dartford premises.

 

1986 16 Aug

New route introduced M-Sa; OV allocated from OB (trading as Roundabout).

 

Petts Wood Station – Poverest Road – Kent Road – Lower Road – Orpington – Repton Road – Eton Road – The Highway – Chelsfield Station.  Extended, evenings excepted, via Windsor Drive - Vine Road - Worlds End Lane – Green Street Green (Rose & Crown).

 

Double running Orpington Memorial – Orpington Station as follows:

M-F morning peak northbound journeys only;

M-F afternoon peak southbound journeys only;

M-Sa evenings journeys in both directions.

 

Sa last departure 2240 ex-Petts Wood extended from Chelsfield Station via daytime routeing to Green Street Green, thence uniquely via Cudham – Knockholt Pound – Halstead – Watercroft Road – Court Road (throughout) – Carlton Parade.

 

REPLACES:

Route 284 (“experimental” since 14 May 1984, withdrawn after 15 Aug 1986) M-F Petts Wood Station – Poverest Road – Cray Avenue – Orpington Station.

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REPLACES: 

Route 493 Chelsfield Station – Green Street Green (confined to Orpington  - Ramsden after 15 Aug 1986).

 

1989 21 Oct

M-F early morning ex-OB garage positioning journeys livened-up Kent Road / Cray Avenue – Petts Wood Station to provide earlier connections with trains.

 

M-Sa single late night OB garage journey ex-R11 run in service as R3 0012 ex-Petts Wood – Kent Road / Cray Avenue to meet late night train.

 

1990 Aug Progressive conversion OV > MC.

 

1992 21 Nov

Rerouted in Green Street Green to form a live one-way loop incorporating 2 min stand time at Queens Head:  from Windsor Drive diverted via Glentrammon Road – High Street – Worlds End Lane – Vine Road – Windsor Drive thence as existing line of route.

 

All journeys extended beyond Chelsfield Station.

 

All journeys operate via Orpington Station.

 

0012 ex-Petts Wood retarded to 0030

 

1995 2 Dec

Contract awarded to Centrewest (Orpington Buses).  Allocated (initially) from SJ.   Intended MM class awaiting commissioning at Marshalls.  Operated by MA and DP for time being.

 

Su service introduced.

 

SaO late night journey to Cudham, etc. withdrawn beyond Green Street Green.

The following details are of additonal routes and alterations in the years following

16th August 1986 and up to 1st December 1995.

R1/R11 Det 1987 ROUTE R7 Details 1989

1987 31 Oct

Double run introduced via Orpington Hospital thus:

M-F 0830-2030, Sa 1330-2030, on journeys Queen Marys Hospital –       Green Street Green, also on evening through journeys within timespan;

Su 1330-2030.

Route R11 introduced, being displayed on all journeys via Orpington Hospital irrespective of origin / destination.

 

1988 16 Jul

Routes R1 / R11: Double run introduced via Foots Cray Tescos

              0830–2030 M-Sa only.

 

1990 9 Jun

Route R1:  progressive conversion MRL > DT.

Route R11: progressive conversion MRL > DT, but due grounding problems at junction of Orpington Hospital approach road with Sevenoaks Road, DT operated journeys unable to serve hospital.

 

1990 14 Jul

Route R11: withdrawn from Orpington Hospital whilst roadworks implemented to avoid grounding.

 

1990 15 Aug

Route R11: reinstated via Orpington Hospital on completion of roadworks.

 

1992 21 Nov

Routes R1 / R11: Sa/Su morning service introduced via Orpington Hospital from 0830 to match M-F service.  Route R1 journeys renumbered R11 as appropriate.  Routeing via Tesco introduced on Su 1000-1600 during store trading hours.

 

1995 2 Dec

Routes R1 / R11: Contract awarded to Centrewest (Orpington Buses).  DP allocated (initially) from SJ.  Routes R1 and R11 assume independent operation:

 

Route R1: becomes Grovelands – Bromley Common (omitting Orpington Hospital) daily;

 

Route R11: becomes Queen Marys Hospital – Green Street Green (via Orpington Hospital) daily.

493/R9

L6

 

1986 16 Aug

New route introduced M-Sa evenings excepted; RH allocated from OB (trading as Roundabout).  Half-hourly headway.

 

Locks Bottom (Pallant Way) – Crofton Road – Starts Hill  Road – Farnborough by-Pass – Tubbenden Lane – Station Road – Orpington High Street – Lower Road – St Mary Cray High Street – Main Road – Chalk Pit Avenue – Pauls Cray Hill (Augustine Road).

 

Operates via Orpington Station in Pauls Cray Hill direction only.

 

1987 31 Oct

Headway improved to 20 minutes.

 

1989 12 Jun

Due long-term roadworks in Tubbenden Lane, diverted via Southcroft Road, Ridgeway Crescent, Leamington Avenue, Borkwood Way, Northlands Avenue, Oakleigh Gardens, Sevenoaks Road, Farnborough Hill, Farnborough by-Pass, Starts Hill Road.

 

1989 Dec

Further diverted due roadworks Station Road, Sevenoaks Way, Main Road.  20 minute headway unable to be maintained; emergency timetable introduced at half-hourly headway.

 

1991 27 Apr

Due popular demand, routeing off Tubbenden Lane adopted thus:

Tubbenden Drive – Northlands Avenue – Southlands Avenue – Beechcroft Lane.

20 minute headway reintroduced.

 

1992 21 Nov

Additional SDO journeys introduced:

0803 ex-Pauls Cray Hill; 1603 ex-Locks Bottom.

 

1993 May

Progressive conversion RH > FM

 

1995 2 Dec

Contract awarded to Centrewest (Orpington Buses).  Allocated (initially) from SJ.   Intended MM class awaiting commissioning at Marshalls.  Operated by MA and DP for time being.

 

Su service introduced from midday.

 

Evening service introduced daily.

 

Operates via Orpington Station in both directions.

1986 16 Aug

New route introduced M-Sa (evenings excepted).

 

REPLACES:  Route 471.

 

Single RH allocated from OB (trading as Roundabout).

Additional M-F peak period single LS allocated from TB.

 

RH deployed all day on circular routeing, originating from Orpington Station hourly either:

 

(i) Orpington Station – Green Street Green – Pratts Bottom – Knockholt Pound – Cudham – Green Street Green – Orpington Station (clockwise);  or:

 

(ii) Orpington Station – Green Street Green – Cudham – Knockholt Pound – Pratts Bottom - Green Street Green – Orpington Station (anti-clockwise).

 

During M-F morning peak, clockwise routeing adopted.

 

During M-F afternoon peak, anti-clockwise routeing adopted.

 

Between M-F peaks and all day Sa, journeys alternate clockwise / anti-clockwise, and operate via Spur Rd, Gravel Pit Way, Orpington High Street.

 

SaO one late night journey on route R3 projected beyond Green Street Green via anti-clockwise routeing to Knockholt Pound, thence via Halstead and direct via A21 to Orpington.

 

In M-F peaks, LS deployed to maintain a service over the Orpington – Pratts Bottom – Knockholt Pound leg in the opposite direction to the RH, and support route R6 in the Halstead  / Badgers Mount area.  Most journeys circular thus:

 

Morning peak three unique journeys:

 

(i) 0621 Badgers Mount – Halstead – Knockholt Pound –

anti-clockwise routeing – Orpington Station;

 

(ii) 0723 Halstead – Badgers Mount – A21 – Green Street Green – Orpington Station.

 

(iii) 0750 Orpington Station – Green Street Green – A21 – Badgers Mount – Halstead – Knockholt Pound – anti-clockwise routeing – Orpington Station.

 

Afternoon peak four unique journeys:

 

(i) 1545 Orpington Station – clockwise routeing – Knockholt Pound – Halstead – Badgers Mount – Chelsfield village – Orpington Station.

 

(ii) 1645 Orpington Station – clockwise routeing – Knockholt Pound – Halstead – Badgers Mount – A21 – Green Street Green – Orpington Station.

 

(iii) 1745 Orpington Station – clockwise routeing – Knockholt Pound – Halstead – Badgers Mount.

 

(iv) 1945 Orpington Station – clockwise routeing – Knockholt Pound – Halstead – A21 – Orpington Memorial.

 

1988 16 Jul

Peak period LS operation replaced by additional RH/OV allocated from OB.  Between 1555 and 1805 passengers not carried locally between Orpington Station and Green Street Green High Street on all journeys.

 

Use of route number 471 reinstated to support R5 M-F with-flow peaks Green Street Green – Orpington Station.  Single LS allocated from TB: operating as follows:

 

Ex-Green Street Green 0648 – 0848 20 minute headway;

 

Ex-Orpington Station 1630 - 1850 20 minute headway. Journeys operate via Spur Road, Gravel Pit Way, Orpington High Street.

 

1992 21 Nov

Double run Knockholt Pound – Halstead introduced on all journeys.

 

The additional peak period RH allocation (performing journeys via Badgers Mount) transferred to reinstated companion route R6.

 

471 withdrawn.  Replaced by route 358, revamped to start at Orpington station (instead of Orpington Walnuts) and run via Green Street Green (instead of Crofton Road).

 

1993 4 Dec

Contract awarded to Kentish Bus MR allocated from DG.

1986 16 Aug

New route introduced M-Sa, evenings excepted.  OV allocated from OB (trading as Roundabout).

 

Principal routeing:

 

Orpington Station – Sevenoaks Road – Warren Road – Chelsfield Station – The Highway – Chelsfield village – Badgers Mount – Halstead – Knockholt Pound – Dunton Green – Riverhead – Sevenoaks.

 

REPLACES: 431 Court Road –Sevenoaks

(withdrawn after 15 Aug)

 

REPLACES: 493 Orpington Station – Chelsfield Station (confined to Orpington – Ramsden after 15 Aug)

 

    Most  journeys unique as follows:

 

    M-F southbound:

 

0853 ex-Orpington Station via Spur Road, Court Road, Chelsfield village, thence via principal routeing to Sevenoaks. On SDO, starts Orpington Station 20 minutes earlier and operates after Badgers Mount via Fort Halstead, Halstead School, Halstead, then line of route;

 

1041 & 1241 ex-Orpington Station as principal routeing;

 

1441 ex-Orpington Station as principal routeing, to Knockholt Pound only.

 

1610 & 1710 ex-Orpington Station via Spur Road, Court Road, Chelsfield Village, Badgers Mount, Halstead only.  The 1610 continues in service to Orpington Station (see northbound list).

 

1848 ex-Orpington Station via principal routeing to Halstead only, continuing in service to Orpington Station (see northbound list).

 

M-F northbound:

 

0625 ex-Goddington Lane / Court Road via Spur Road to Orpington Station.

 

0717 ex-Chelsfield village via reverse principal routeing to Orpington Station.

 

0944, 1144, 1344 & 1754 ex-Sevenoaks via reverse principal routeing to Orpington Station.

 

1523 NSD Knockholt Pound via reverse principal routeing to Orpington Station.

 

1535 SDO Halstead School via Badgers Mount to Fort Halstead.

 

1628 Badgers Mount, Halstead, Chelsfield Village, thence via reverse principal routeing to Orpington Station (operates as circular journey across Halstead, 1610 ex-Orpington Station).

 

1913 Badgers Mount, Halstead, thence direct via A21, Court Road, Spur          Road to Orpington Memorial only (operates as circular journey across Halstead, 1848 ex-Orpington Station).

 

 

Sa southbound:

 

0848 ex-Orpington Memorial via principal routeing to Sevenoaks.

 

1041, 1241, 1441 ex-Orpington Station via Principal routeing to Sevenoaks.

 

1641 ex-Orpington Station via principal routeing to Knockholt Pound only.

 

Sa northbound:

 

0944, 1144, 1344 & 1544 ex-Sevenoaks via reverse principal routeing to Orpington Station.

 

1987 30 May

Withdrawn Halstead – Sevenoaks.  Replaced over this sector by new Kentish Bus route 22 Bromley – Green Street Green – Pratts Bottom – Badgers Mount – Halstead – Knockholt Pound – Dunton Green – Riverhead – Sevenoaks – Tonbridge – Tunbridge Wells.

 

(KB 22 replaced Green Line 706 withdrawn after 29 May 1987.  New KB route 21 introduced 30 May 1987: 2 return journeys M-Sa 0958 & 1358 ex-Orpington Walnuts – Spur Road – Court Road – Polhill – Sevenoaks; 0924 & 1224 ex-Sevenoaks).

 

1988 26 Mar

Withdrawn entirely.  Replaced by Kentish Bus routes 17 & 18.

 

(KB 17 {formerly 477} had been introduced 16 Jan 1988 M-Sa {half-hourly} Joyce Green – Dartford – Hextable – Swanley – Orpington – Spur Road – Court Road – Chelsfield Village – Badgers Mount – Halstead – Knockholt Pound – Dunton Green – Riverhead – Sevenoaks.

 

From 26 Mar 1988, half of KB 17 renumbered 18 running via KB 17 to Court Road thence via Chelsfield Village – Badgers Mount – Polhill – Dunton Green – Riverhead – Bat & Ball – Sevenoaks).

 

1992 21 Nov

Use of route number reinstated to distinguish the route R5 M-F peak period journeys via Badgers Mount.  All journeys circular either:

 

(i) Orpington Station – Green Street Green – Pratts Bottom – Badgers Mount – Halstead – Knockholt Pound – Pratts Bottom – Green Street Green – Orpington Station (clockwise); or

 

(ii) Orpington Station – Green Street Green - Pratts Bottom – Knockholt Pound – Halstead - Badgers Mount – Pratts Bottom – Green Street Green – Orpington Station (anti-clockwise).

 

Three morning peak journeys:

0603 & 0750 ex-Orpington Station clockwise

0650 ex-Orpington Station anti-clockwise.

 

Four afternoon peak journeys:

1542 & 1955 ex-Orpington Station anti-clockwise

1642 & 1742 ex-Orpington Station clockwise.

 

1993 6 Sep      

All afternoon peak journeys revised to operate ant-clockwise.

     

Additional short journey added 1840 ex-Orpington Station – Halstead.

 

1993  4 Dec       

Contract awarded to Kentish Bus MR allocated from DG (pending delivery  of two Dormobile bodied Iveco midibuses ordered for routes R5 & R6).

 

 

 

 

 

1988 16 Jul

New route introduced M-Sa 0900-1700 hourly. Cockmannings estate – St Mary Cray – Orpington – Knoll – Petts Wood – Coppice estate loop – Petts Wood – Knoll – Orpington – St Mary Cray – Cockmannings estate.

 

OV allocated from OB (trading as Roundabout), using a single vehicle advertised as “freed up due to the withdrawal of route R6, and in response to requests for a bus service to the Cockmannings and Coppice estates”.  In practice often worked by RH.

 

Route via: Waldenhurst Road (new stand), Cockmannings Road, Chelsfield Road, Kent Road, Lower Road, Orpington High Street, circuit of Orpington Memorial, Orpington High Street, Knoll Rise, Mayfield Avenue, Chislehurst Road, Crofton Lane, St Johns Road, Tudor Way, Queensway (Petts Wood Station), Franks Wood Avenue, Oxhawth Crescent, Farringdon Avenue, Almond Way, Whitebeam Avenue, Lovelace Avenue, Ash Row, Larch Way, Farringdon Avenue, Oxhawth Crescent, Franks Wood Avenue, Queensway (Petts Wood Station), Tudor Way, St Johns Road, Crofton Lane, Chislehurst Road, Mayfield Avenue, Knoll Rise, left turn direct Orpington High Street, Lower Road, Kent Road, Chelsfield Road, Rookesley Road, Somerden Road, Waldenhurst Road.

 

1989 23 Oct

The single allocated vehicle becomes further deployed M-F peak hours to provide 20 minute headway Petts Wood Station, West Approach – Coppice estate loop – Petts Wood Station, West Approach.

1992 21 Nov

Contract awarded to Kentish Bus. MRL allocated from DT.  Route entirely revamped:

 

M-Sa, evenings excepted, 20 minute headway: Petts Wood Station – Coppice – Knoll – Orpington High Street – Orpington Station – St Mary Cray Village – St Mary Cray estates.  One bus per hour extended via route 477 to/from Dartford.

 

M-Sa evenings hourly:  Orpington Station – St Mary Cray Estates – Dartford.  Between St Mary Cray Estates and Dartford, route number R76 displayed and journeys operate via Joydens Wood instead of Hextable.

 

Su hourly from mid-morning:  Orpington Station – St Mary Cray Estates – Dartford.  Between St Mary Cray Estates and Dartford alternate journeys display route number R76 and operate via Joydens Wood instead of Hextable.

 

REPLACES: routes 476 / 477 / 478 Orpington – Crockenhill.

 

ABANDONED: St Mary Cray – Cockmannings

(covered by new route R8)

 

 

Route via: West Approach (Petts Wood Station), Franks Wood Avenue, Oxhawth Crescent, Farringdon Avenue, Almond Way, Whitebeam Avenue, Lovelace Avenue (throughout), Oxhawth Crescent, Chesham Avenue, Woodhurst Avenue, Nightingale Road, Shepperton Road, Towncourt Lane, Tudor Way, St Johns Road, Crofton Lane, Chislehurst Road, Mayfield Avenue, Knoll Rise, Orpington High Street, Orpington Station, Orpington High Street, Lower Road, Kent Road, St Mary Cray High Street, Millbrook Road, Sandway Road, Wooton Green, Sweeps Lane, Blacksmiths Lane, Burrfield Drive, Crockenhill Road, Sweeps Lane, thence returning to Petts Wood via outward routeing.

ROUTE R8 details

1992 21 Nov

New route Cockmannings estate – St Mary Cray – Orpington –  Charterhouse Road – Chelsfield village loop – Charterhouse Road - Orpington – St Mary Cray – Cockmannings estate.

 

M-F 0800-1900.  Additional short journey 0656 ex-Chelsfield to Orpington Station.

Sa 0800-1800.  

 

RH allocated from OB (trading as Roundabout).

 

Route via: Waldenhurst Road, Cockmannings Road, Chelsfield Road, Kent Road, Lower Road, Orpington High Street, double run Orpington Station, Sevenoaks Road, Charterhouse Road, Court Road, Warren Road, Bucks Cross Road, Maypole Road, Shoreham Lane, Hewitts Road, Court Road, Charterhouse Road, Sevenoaks Road, double run Orpington Station, Orpington High Street, Lower Road, Kent Road, Chelsfield Road, Rookesley Road (throughout), Renton Drive, Waldenhurst Road.

 

REPLACES: routes 476/477/478

Orpington Memorial – Chelsfield, but via Sevenoaks Road and Charterhouse Road instead of Spur Road and part of Court Road.

 

REPALCES: route R7

St Mary Cray – Cockmannings estate, but with different routeing within estate.

 

1993  May

Progressive conversion RH > FM.

 

1995 2 Nov              

Contract awarded to London Links. MRL allocated from DG.

493 RH1 last day before change to R9  11.8.96 Andr