Go Ahead London bus route 436.jpg
OperatorLondon Central
GarageNew Cross (NX)
VehicleAlexander Dennis Enviro400H 10.2m
Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.2m
Peak vehicle requirement32
Night-timeNight Bus N136
Marble Arch
EndBattersea Park station

London Buses route 436 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Lewisham and Battersea Park station, it is operated by London Central.


London Central Mercedes-Benz O530G at Victoria bus station in October 2008

Route 436 was introduced on 8 February 2003 when route 36 Queen's Park to Lewisham was curtailed to New Cross Gate.[1] These changes were made in preparation for the introduction of the London congestion charge. Operated by London Central's New Cross garage, it was the third route in London (after Red Arrow routes 507 and 521) to be operated by articulated buses.[2][3]

In March 2004 a bus on 436 caught fire on Park Lane, this was the third fire in as many months and the whole Mercedes-Benz O530G fleet, was subsequently withdrawn, and route 436 was suspended.[4][5] Extra buses were run on route 36, with limited services operated on route 436 with double-deck buses.[2] After a short period time modifications were made to the O530G fleet.[2]

On 19 November 2011, route 436 was retained by London Central and was converted to double deck operation with Alexander Dennis Enviro400Hs and Alexander Dennis Enviro400s as part of the Mayor of London's policy to replace the O530Gs.[6] The route was one of the final three in London to use articulated buses, their withdrawal was criticised due to the resulting reduction in capacity.[7][8] They were phased out in an attempt to reduce fare evasion.[9] The former vehicles now operate in Brighton and Hove.[10]

In late 2016, the route was altered west of Vauxhall bus station to terminate at Battersea Park station instead of Paddington station.[11]

Current route

Route 436 operates via these primary locations:[12]


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  2. ^ a b c Aldridge, John (May 2004). "The week the Citaros died". Buses. Ian Allan Publishing (590): 12–13.
  3. ^ "Bendy buses a hit with drivers". News Shopper. 1 April 2003. Retrieved 20 September 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Bendy-buses withdrawn after fires". BBC News. 24 March 2004.
  5. ^ Clark, Andrew (23 March 2004). "Mystery fires strike Livingstone's new bendy bus fleet". the Guardian. Retrieved 20 September 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Next set of bendy buses to leave London Transport for London 28 August 2009
  7. ^ Anonymous (7 November 2011). "Capacity on buses (Supplementary) [1]". Mayor's Question Time. Retrieved 20 September 2021.
  8. ^ Holdsworth, Rachel (18 November 2011). "Debendified Bus Route Will Have Less Capacity". Londonist. Retrieved 20 September 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Alexandra Warren (10 September 2021). "This week 10, 20, 30 years ago". South London News. Retrieved 20 September 2021.
  10. ^ Marius, Callum (14 July 2021). "London's former bendy buses are now saving lives across country". MyLondon. Retrieved 20 September 2021.
  11. ^ "Bus service proposal: 436 and 452 - Transport for London - Citizen Space". Transport for London. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ Route 436 Map Transport for London