Roundabout Name

16th August 1986 to 1st December 2005

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Launch Cover1986

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.
Visit his site here.........

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ROUTE R3 details 1986

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.

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

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.

ROUTE R7 Details 1989

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.

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