London Buses route 21 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Lewisham and Newington Green, it is operated by London Central.
Today's route 21, the second service in London to use this route number, started as such on 6 April 1911, as a daily motor-bus route between Newington Green and Old Kent Road (Canal Bridge), replacing the withdrawn horse-bus service 40. By the end of the First World War, the 21 operated between Wood Green (Fishmongers Arms) and Sidcup or Foots Cray. In the 1920s and 1930s, the 21 as well as its sister 20 (later 21A), connected Wood Green and Sidcup,Swanley and Farningham, as well as Brockley Rise. During World War II, in an effort to save on diesel and rubber, the 21 was cut back from Wood Green to Moorgate (Finsbury Square), this section had been duplicated by trolleybusroute 641, which used "home grown" Electricity. From the late 1950s onwards, the 21 was gradually reduced, parts of its route hived off to other services for example the eastern end past Lewisham became a new route 321.
On 22 February 2003, the route was converted to low floor operation using Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs.
In 2005, in a period of increased bus use in London, the 21, after a period of 65 years absence, has once again been extended to Newington Green.
In 2009, the route was retained by London Central with brand new Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs introduced.
On 8 October 2016, the route was retained by London Central.
In October 2016, the Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs were replaced by brand New Routemasters.
Current route Edit
Route 21 operates via these primary locations:
- Lewisham Shopping Centre
- Lewisham Station
- Lewisham Collage (For St Johns Station)
- New Cross Gate
- Old Kent Road
- Bricklayer's Arms
- Great Dover Street
- London Bridge (For Guy's Hospital and Southwark Cathedral)
- Old Street
- Hoxton Baring Street
- Southgate Road
- Mildmay Park
- Newington Green