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Welcome to the Bus Routes in London WikiEdit

Bus Routes in London Wiki is an information repository about The London Bus. The London Bus is one of London's principal icons, the archetypal red rear-entrance Routemaster being recognised worldwide. Although the Routemaster has now been largely phased out of service, with only two heritage routes still using the vehicles, the majority of buses in London are still red and therefore the red double-decker bus remains a widely recognised symbol of the city.

Transport for London (TfL) contracted bus routes in London, United Kingdom. The major operators in the London area are Arriva LondonGo-Ahead LondonMetroline and Stagecoach London. Other operators in London are Abellio LondonCT PlusLondon UnitedLondon SovereignQuality LineSullivan Buses and Tower Transit.

There are also several operators based outside London that run services either wholly or partly within the area. These services connect London with parts of Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Kent, Surrey and Grays.

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Stagecoach London Enviro400 MMC bodied Alexander Dennis E40Ds on Route 498

Journey on London Bus Route 498 - 10303 (YY15OYU)05:39

Journey on London Bus Route 498 - 10303 (YY15OYU)

498 riding bus

Classification of route numbersEdit

In Victorian times, passengers could only recognise the buses of different fleets and routes by the coaches' distinctive livery colours and line name, with painted signs on the sides showing the two termini to indicate the route. Then, in 1906, George Samuel Dicks of the London Motor Omnibus Company decided that, as the line name 'Vanguard' had proved to be very popular, he would name all lines 'Vanguard' and number the company's five different routes 1 through to 5. Other operators soon saw the advantage, in that a unique route number was easier for the travelling public to remember, and so the practice of using route numbers soon spread.

Historic classification Edit

Historically, bus routes run by London Transport were grouped by the type of service that they provided.

The 1924 London Traffic Act imposed a numbering scheme known as the Bassom Scheme, named after Chief Constable A. E. Bassom of the Metropolitan Police who devised it. Variant and short workings used letter suffixes. The numbers reflected the company that operated the route.

The numbering was revised in 1934 after London Transport was formed:

Route Number Type of Service
1–199 "Central Area" red double-decker services
200–289 "Central Area" red single-decker services
290–299 "Central Area" night routes
300–399 "Country Area" north of the River Thames (rural services were operated by London Country Bus Servicesafter 1970)
400–499 "Country Area" south of the River Thames
500–699 Trolleybuses
701–799 Green Line Coaches
800–899 "Country Area" "New Towns" routes

Current classification Edit

Route Number Type of Service
1–599 Day routes, including 24-hour services.
600–699 Schoolday services, normally operating only one return journey per day.
700–899 Not used for local bus services — numbers reserved for regional and national coach services.
900–999 Mobility Services, normally operating one returning journey per week.
N-prefixed routes Night routes.
X-prefixed routes Express routes.
Other letter-prefixed routes Local day routes, including 24-hour services, with the letter(s) denoting the town the bus travels through.

Former routesEdit

This list shows some old routes that used to operate but do not exist any more.

Route Start End Date of launch Date of withdrawal Last operator Replaced by
2A Crystal Palace Brixton Station 19 May 1954 29 January 1994 South London 2
9A Mortlake Kensington 18 July 1992 7 March 1997 London United 209
15B East Ham Aldgate 4 March 1989 18 September 1999 Stagecoach London 115
16A Brent Cross Marble Arch 31 January 1976 10 October 1997 Metroline 189
22A London Bridge Clapton Park Estate 28 October 1972 28 February 1998 Kentish Bus 149
242
22B Tottenham Court Road Station Homerton Hospital 22 November 1987 28 February 1998 Kentish Bus 242
36B Victoria Station Grove Park 26 November 1958 12 March 1994 Selkent 136
45A South Kensington Peckham Garage 10 November 1990 2 September 1995 London Central 345
59 (1985) Farringdon Street Streatham Hill Brixton Garage 2 February 1985 29 January 1994 South London
68A Elephant and Castle South Croydon Garage 12 March 1994 27 March 1999 Arriva London 468
77A Wandsworth Aldwych 3 May 1950 3 June 2006 London General 87
84A Turnpike Lane Station Barnet Church 24 April 1982 27 January 1996 Cowie Leaside 184
87 (1934) Barking Town Centre Romford Market 3 October 1934 25 March 2006 Stagecoach London 5
97A Chingford Station Walthamstow Central Station 31 January 1981 19 February 2000 First Capital 357
115 (1984) Balham Forest Hill 24 April 1984 29 April 1995 Cowie South London 315
P13
129 (1939) Becontree Heath Claybury Broadway 7 June 1939 26 June 2004 East Thames Buses 128
150
135 (1987) Archway Station Marble Arch 21 November 1987 2 September 2000 Metroline 88
137A Crystal Palace Clapham Common 2 February 1991 18 September 1999 Arriva London 417
161A Petts Wood Station Woolwich 6 May 1953 12 March 1994 Selkent 162
171A County Hall Northumberland Park Tesco's 1 February 1986 17 October 1998 Arriva London 341
184 (1951) New Cross Trafalgar Square 7 October 1951 12 March 1994 London Central
207A Uxbridge Charville Lane Estate 21 July 1990 13 November 1999 First Centrewest U7
228 (1934) Chislehurst Eltham 3 October 1934 7 September 1996 Kentish Bus 160
321
235 (1968) Leytonstone Station Woodford Wells 7 September 1968 26 July 1996 Grey Green W13
239 Clapham Junction Victoria 12 May 1990 15 February 2008 London General 170
243A Wood Green Liverpool Street 19 July 1961 19 August 2000 Arriva London 243
272 (1974) Woolwich Thamesmead 30 November 1974 23 January 1999 Kentish Bus 244
472
274 (1968) Ealing Broadway Hayes Station 30 November 1968 21 July 1990 Centrewest E6
E7
306 Crystal Palace Blackheath 20 June 1992 28 September 1996 Stagecoach Selkent 202
351 Bromley North Station Penge 2 March 1991 24 June 2002 Metrobus 354
354 (1986) Bromley North Station Croydon 16 August 1986 19 May 2000 Metrobus 314
T33
357 (1983) Croydon Orpington 1983 1995 Metrobus 353
354 (1986)
369 Ilford Thames View Estate 20 March 1993 20 February 2010 Stagecoach London EL1
EL2
374 Romford Harold Hill 20 March 1993 15 October 2005 Stagecoach London 174
393 (1989) Hackbridge Morden Station 25 February 1989 23 November 1996 London General 80
151
395 (1999) Limehouse Surrey Quays 9 October 1999 29 April 2006 First Capital
435 Southall Town Hall Heathrow Airport Cargo Area 25 June 2005 22 March 2008 First Centrewest 482
494 West Croydon Bus Station Shirley Monks Orchard 10 June 2000 11 June 2005 Metrobus 367
501 Waterloo London Bridge 9 September 1968 31 May 2002 London General (Red Arrow) 521
505 Waterloo Shoreditch 4 March 1989 19 August 2000 London General (Red Arrow) 35
243
604 West Norwood Stanley Technical High School 5 September 2005 20 July 2007 Arriva London
620 Biggin Hill Valley Charles Darwin School 5 January 2002 21 July 2006 Metrobus 664
630 New Addington All Saints Catholic School 20 July 2007 Stagecoach London
689 Clapham Common West Norwood 2 September 2011 Arriva London
726 Bromley South Station Heathrow Airport 16 Apr 2005 Tellings-Golden Miller X26
746 Bromley Tunbridge Wells 1994 1995 Metrobus 402
805 Heathrow Airport Northolt June 2001 25 June 2005 Bharat Travel 435
917 South Croydon West Croydon 22 June 2011 Abellio London 64
T33
941 Bedfont Green Hampton Hill 29 February 2012 Abellio London
953 Scrattons Farm Chase Cross 7 November 2012 First Capital
958 Ilford Hainualt Street Woodford King's Avenue 26 July 2011 First Capital
972 Neasden Birchen Grove Colindale ASDA 22 October 2010 First Centrewest 324
980 Colindale Brent Cross 31 July 1991
B1 Eltham Coney Hall 21 October 1972 14 July 1990 Selkent 138
314
E4 Windmill Park Perivale 27 March 1993 24 May 1997 Centrewest E10
H1 Golders Green Henrietta Barnett School 18 May 2013 Arriva The Shires 631
H15 Harrow Weald Oxhey Lane Northwick Park Hospital 14 November 1987 4 September 1999 Metroline 182
H21 Bedfont Green Sunbury Tesco 22 January 2000 2 December 2005 Tellings Golden Miller
H23 Heathrow Airport Cargo Area Hounslow Bus Station 28 April 1990 22 March 2008 London United 423
H30 Hatton Cross Station Heathrow Central Bus Station 1 November 1998 1 May 2004 Airlinks
H40 Chiswick Grove Park Park Royal Asda 9 November 1991 26 May 2002 London United 272
440
H50 Hayes & Harlington Station West Drayton 3 February 2001 22 March 2008 Travel London 350
K6 Kingston Roehampton Vale ASDA 2 December 1989 25 July 1998 Westlink 485
P2 Peckham Bus Garage Lewisham Shopping Centre 1992 1994 London Central 484
P13
PR1 Ealing Broadway Willesden Junction Station 24 March 2007 First Centrewest 226
PR2
PR2 Wembley Park The Paddocks Willesden Junction Station 15 October 2011 First Centrewest 206
224
R62 Hampton Sainsbury's West Middlesex Hospital 1992 6 May 2006 Tellings Golden Miller 481
R69 Richmond Hammersmith 7 April 1990 11 November 2000 London United 419
S2 Stratford Clapton Nightingale Road 5 July 2008 First Capital 425
488
T4 Feltam Heathrow Terminal 4 29 March 1999 23 June 2001 London United
T31 New Addington Forestdale 11 May 2000 24 October 2015 Arriva London 64
353
T32 New Addington Addington Village Interchange 11 May 2000 24 October 2015 London General 130
T33 West Croydon Addington Village Interchange 20 May 2000 24 October 2015 Abellio London 433
T123 Feltham Heathrow Terminals 1,2 & 3 29 March 1999 30 November 2001 London United 285
N10 King's Cross Richmond 29 September 2001 30 January 2010 First Centrewest 10
33
N25 Oxford Circus Harold Hill 15 July 1995 26 June 2004 First Capital 25
N8
N86
N35 Clapham Junction Tottenham Court Road 26 April 1997 30 April 2016 Abellio London 35
N36 Queens Park Station Grove Park 9 October 1993 9 February 2008 London Central 36
N136
N47 St Mary Cray Trafalgar Square 1 February 1985 12 September 2015 Stagecoach London 47
N199
N50 Gallions Reach Trafalgar Square 30 June 1995 30 August 2008 Stagecoach London N550
N551
N52 Victoria Station Willesden Bus Garage 3 December 1993 8 December 2012 Metroline 52
N64 New Addington Thornton Heath Pond 28 August 2010 24 October 2015 London General 64
N75 Croydon Lewisham 19 May 2007 Stagecoach London
N76 Waterloo Northumberland Park Station 1 February 2003 15 November 2015 Arriva London 76
N77 Tolworth Aldwych 19 August 1995 3 June 2006 London General N87
281
N81 Victoria Bexleyheath 8 October 1993 28 June 2002 London Central N89
N84 Trafalgar Square New Cross Gate 8 October 1993 27 February 2001 London Central N343
N159 New Addington Marble Arch 28 August 2010 Arriva London 159
N64
N109
N213 West Croydon Kingston 4 July 2009 London General 213

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