London Buses Route 75 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Croydon Town Centre and Lewisham Station, it is operated by Stagecoach London.


Route 75 commenced operation on 15 December 1912 as a daily route between the Woolwich Ferry and South Croydon operated by Tillings Bus Company. The route was acquired by the London General Omnibus Company and extended from Croydon to Caterham Valley.

In 1950, route 75 worked from Woolwich Ferry by way of Charlton, Blackheath and Lee Green. AEC Regent III RT buses were used. In 1960 the route was extended, on weekdays only, to South Croydon, from West Croydon Station. In 1983 it converted to one man operation, using Leyland Titans.

In 1991, route 75 was withdrawn between Woolwich and Blackheath and, later in the same year, ceased operating to Blackheath, being diverted to Lewisham Station to terminate, additionally there was an extended Saturday shopping hours service to Surrey Quays. The route was also diverted in Sydenham, running to Woolstone Road and Mayow Road instead of the original Bell Green. In 1994 beyond Lewisham was abandoned to make the more or less current route of West Croydon to Lewisham, although, in that year, it was converted to single decker operation. In 1997 double deck operation resumed with Volvo Olympian. In 2002, the route was extended to Croydon Fairfield Halls.

In 2000, route 54 was curtailed to Elmers End (due to the new Tramlink and so route 75 had become quite a busy route. Despite this, the night service of the route was withdrawn on 19 May 2007.

On 25 April 2009, the route passed to Metrobus operating from their Croydon (C) garage with brand new Optare Olympus bodied Scania N230UDs introduced.

On 26 April 2014, the route returned to Stagecoach London operating from their Catford garage (TL) with brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro400Hs introduced.

The route will be retained by Stagecoach London with brand new Enviro 400 MMC bodied Alexander Dennis E40Ds introduced from 27 April 2019. The route will be revised in Croydon to start and finish at West Croydon bus station instead of Fairfield Halls.

Current route

  • Croydon Fairfield Halls
  • Wellesley Road for West Croydon Station
  • Selhurst Station
  • South Norwood Clock Tower (Change for London Overground and Southern services)
  • Anerley
  • Penge East Station
  • Sydenham
  • Perry Vale
  • Catford Bridge Station
  • Catford Station
  • University Hospital Lewisham
  • Lewisham Station

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