Seen in Wandsworth, Garratt Lane, on 4 October 2000, is London General’s PVL 127 (W527 WGH). Although the contract specifies the type, Merton garage is particularly short at the moment and you will therefore quite often see the much older MCW Metrobuses they were supposed to have replaced on the 270 and other PVL-operated Merton routes.
|Photo by John Gillespie.|
The 270 took over the southern section of route 220 in 1991, thus making it a fairly average length route between Mitcham and Putney. Before the 220, this section had been part of long trolleybus route 630 (Croydon – Harlesden), and tram 30 even earlier. The new route also saw the end of route 280 north of Tooting, this then having run between Sutton and Wandsworth.
The 220 and its predecessors have always served Putney Bridge Road in both directions, but, perhaps to provide new links, the 270 originally ran via Putney Station, but that ran foul of a no right turn from Upper Richmond Road into Putney High Street and therefore only applied in the southbound direction! The routing has now been standardised to run via Putney Bridge Road in both directions once again — and avoiding a lot of the Putney and Wandsworth traffic in the process.
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