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Operator London United
Start Ealing Broadway station
Via South Ealing
End Kingston
Chessington (Nights only)

London Buses route 65 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Ealing Broadway station and Chessington, it is operated by London United.


Route 65 originally ran from Ealing Argyle Road (now Scotch Common) to Leatherhead via Ealing Broadway, South Ealing, Brentford, Richmond, Petersham, Ham, Kingston, Tolworth, Hook and Chessington. It was initially operated from Kingston (K) and Turnham Green (V) garages, using STL-class AEC Regents and, after World War II, AEC Regent III RTs and Leyland Titans. In 1946, "pay-as-you-enter" experiments were carried out on route 65, running between Ealing Broadway and Leatherhead.[1][2]

Armchair finally took over in January 1991, using a batch of seventeen Leyland Olympians plus three second-hand Atlanteans.[3] It retained the route upon it being re-tendered in 1996, and subsequently replaced the ageing Atlanteans with new Northern Counties Palatine II bodied Volvo Olympians. A variety of other buses worked the route during Armchair's tenure, including Alexander bodied Leyland Olympians after Armchair lost route 260, two MCW Metrobuses new to East Kent Road Car Company.[4]

Upon being re-tendered, the route passed to London United on 29 June 2002 with new Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Trident 2s from Fulwell garage.[5]

Upon being re-tendered it was retained by London United with a new contract commencing on 4 July 2009, that saw the section between Kingston and Chessington reinstated for night-time services only.[6] London United retained the route when next tendered with the new contract to commence on 2 July 2016.[7]

Current route[edit]

Route 65 operates via these primary locations:[8]


  1. ^ Graeme Bruce, J; Curtis, Colin (1977). The London Motor Bus: Its Origins and Development. London Transport. p. 74. ISBN 0853290830. 
  2. ^ Day, John (1973). The Story of the London Bus: London and its buses from the horse bus to the present day. London Transport. p. 96. ISBN 9780853290377. 
  3. ^ McLachlan, Tom (1995). London Buses 1985-1995: Managing The Change. Venture Publications. pp. 98–99. ISBN 1-898432-74-0. 
  4. ^ Wharmby, Matthew, The London Metrobus (Ian Allan Publishing, 2009). ISBN 978-0-7110-3377-1
  5. ^ Aldridge, John (January 2002). "It's the end for Armchair on the 65". Buses (Ian Allan Publishing) (562): 12. 
  6. ^ Change to night bus services for south west London Transport for London
  7. ^ Tender News Bus Talk (Go-Ahead London) issue 37 December 2015 page 11
  8. ^ Route 65 Map Transport for London

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