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432. The history of route 432

For many years route 2 had run between Marylebone and Crystal Palace. However it ran in two sections except for evenings and Sundays: Marylebone to Norwood Garage and Brixton Station to Crystal Palace. On 15th February 2003 route 432 was created to take over the southern working full time. This was another change that was made along with the introduction of congestion charging in Central London.


Route 432 in fact takes the traditional routes of the 2A and 2B as opposed to the 2. Route 322 is more representative of the historical southern section of route 2.


In July 2003 it was extended south to Anerley Station and that is how the route remains to this day.


It was initially run from Norwood Garage using L class Leyland Olympians that dated from the mid-80's. It was a late convert to low floor buses, taking a batch of Volvo B7TL with ALX400 bodies in 2005. Arriva ran the route until April 2015 when Go-Ahead London won the route - the bulk of the allocation runs from Stockwell Garage using WVL class Volvo B9TL's that were formerly used at Camberwell Garage on route 12. WVL385, seen here near Crystal Palace, actually started it working life at Bexleyheath. It transferred to Camberwell as the original orders for routes 12 and 453 were swapped, with route 453 getting E's, and there was a shortage of Volvos ordered for route 12. Bexleyheath transferred 6 buses and got E's in replacement. At that time Camberwell had no Enviro 400's but that has since changed. There is also a Monday to Friday late shift working on the route from Camberwell Garage which uses a bus allocated to route 468. Normally an Enviro 400, I've not been in the right place at the right time to get that yet!

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Taken on April 18, 2016