Change of operator for London’s P5 service

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Abellio London’s Walworth depot took over operation of Transport for London’s P5 service, ending 30 years of operation by the routes previous operator, London Central.

The route, which operates between Elephant & Castle and the Patmore Estate, is initially being operated by Alexander Dennis Enviro200s using centre door boarding and alighting.


8845 is seen under the brightly coloured Thessaly Road Bridge. ABELLIO

Lorna Murphy, Operations Director at Abellio London Bus told CBW:

“The route started on Saturday (2 May) on a 5 year contract and operates between Elephant & Castle and the Patmore Estate in Battersea.  It has a normal PVR of 9 single deck vehicles, although we are currently running slightly reduced services.  The route will very shortly launch with electric Caetano e.City Gold vehicles.

“The whole depot had real pride and excitement in launching the new route and it was great to see that excitement in what have otherwise been very difficult and trying times for everyone.”


8850 is seen with one of the chimneys of Battersea Power Station in the background. ABELLIO