London Buses route 244 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Abbey Wood and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, it is operated by London Central


Route 244 commenced operation on 7 February 1987 between Woolwich General Gordon Place and Woolwich Beresford Street via Burrage Road - Plumstead - Pettiman Crescent - Tom Cribb Road - Broadwaters Estate - Pettiman Crescent - Plumstead as a Monday to Saturday servuce. The route was initially operated by Selkent from their Plumstead (PD) garage using ECW bodied Leyland Olympians.

On 16 January 1988, the route passed to Bexleybus operating from their Bexleyheath (BX) garage and the route was converted to single deck operation using Leyland Nationals.

On 24 November 1990, the route was converted back to double deck using Leyland Titans and route passed to London Central still operating from Bexleyheath (BX) garage.

On 19 January 1991, the route was extended from Broadwaters Estate (Goosander Way) to Thamsmead West Western Way via Winchat Road at Battery Road and further extended Monday to Friday peaks to Thamesmead Town Centre. At the same time, the route was converted to single deck operation using Optare MetroRiders.

On 27 April 1991, the route extended from Thamesmead West Merbury Road to Belmarsh Prison via Western Way with peak journeys to Thamesmead diverted to double run via Belmarsh Prison.

On 30 April 1995, a Sunday service was introduced.

On 23 January 1999, the route was extended at all times to Abbey Wood Station.

On 25 March 2000, the route was converted to low floor operation using Marshall Capital bodied Dennis Dart SLFs.

On 24 January 2004, the route was extended from Woolwich to Queen Elizabeth Hospital via Shooters Hill.

In 2009, the Marshall Capital bodied Dennis Dart SLFs were replaced by Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs

On 22 January 2011, the route passed to London General operating from their Belvedere (BV) garage with brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts.

On 14 June 2014, the route was extended within Abbey Wood from Station to Knee Hill.

On 2 December 2017, Belvedere (BV) garage was announced closed and the operation was transferred to London Central operating from their Bexleyheath (BX) garage.

Current RouteEdit

  • Abbey Wood Knee Hill
  • Abbey Wood Station
  • Thamesmead
  • Belmarsh Prison
  • Plumstead Station
  • Woolwich Arsenal Station
  • Shooters Hill
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital

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