London Buses route 549 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Loughton and South Woodford, it is operated by Stagecoach London.

History Edit

Route 549 commenced operating on 30 August 2003 between South Woodford Station and Loughton Traps Hill Library via Mulberry Way - Daisy Road - Cowslip Road - George Lane - Chigwell Road - Broadmead Road - St. Barnabas Road - Woodford - Hillside Avenue - Roding Valley - Buckhurst Way - Albert Road - Palmerston Road - Victoria Road - Buckhurst Hill - Victoria Road - Palmerston Road - High Road - Old Station Road - Loughton Station. The route was initially operated by Arriva East Herts & Essex from their Debden (DD) garage using various single deckers. Prior to 30 August 2003 the route had been operated under contract to Essex County Council.

On 29 March 2004, the route was withdrawn between Loughton Station and Traps Hill.

On 26 February 2005, the route passed to Docklands Minibuses operating from their Poplar (DC) garage using an Optare Solo and the frequency reduced to hourly and evening service was discontinued.

On 10 March 2007, the route was retained by Docklands Buses with a brand new MCV Evolution bodied Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart introduced.

On 29 June 2007, route 549 was included in the sale of Docklands Buses to Go-Ahead London.

On 10 March 2012, the route was retained by Docklands Buses.

On 11 March 2017, the route passed to Stagecoach London operating from their West Ham (WH) garage with a Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart introduced.

Current Route Edit

Route 549 operates via these primary locations:

  • Loughton Station
  • Buckhurst Hill Station
  • Roding Valley
  • Woodford
  • South Woodford Station

External linksEdit

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