London Buses route 159 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Streatham and Marble Arch, it is operated by Abellio London.


When first introduced, the route was operated by STL-class double-deckers. In 1951, RTs and RTLs replaced the STLs. In June 1970, the RTs were replaced by AEC Routemasters.

During the 1990s, London Buses' South London Transport subsidiary operated the route with Routemasters in a unique red and cream livery which was retained after South London was privatised and acquired by the Cowie Group in January 1995.

On 9 December 2005, route 159 was the last route to be converted from Routemaster to low-floor bus operation, with new Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TLs taking over. Brixton (BN) Garage gained the whole service. The route was converted gradually from the start of service on the last day, with the last scheduled Routemaster journey (operated by RM2217) departing Marble Arch at 12:08, arriving at Brixton Garage at 14:03. The final service operated by RM54, terminated at Streatham at 14:07.

On 28 August 2010, route 159 was extended north from Marble Arch to Paddington Basin. The route became a 24-hour service on the same date.

On 11 December 2010, the route was retained by Arriva London with Wright Gemini 2 bodied VDL DB300s introduced.

On 29 March 2014, route 159 was withdrawn between Marble Arch and Paddington Basin.

On 12 December 2015, the route passed to Abellio London operating from their Battersea (QB) garage with brand New Routemasters introduced.

Current RouteEdit

Route 159 operates via these primary locations:

  • Streatham Bus Station
  • Streatham Hill
  • Brixton
  • Kennington (Oval Station)
  • Lambeth North
  • Westminster
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Piccadilly Circus
  • Oxford Circus
  • Bond Street Station
  • Marble Arch

External linksEdit

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