London Buses route 26 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Hackney Wick and Waterloo, it is operated by CT Plus.


Route 26 commenced operating on 18 July 1992 between Hackney Wick Eastway and Waterloo via Cassland Road - Hackney - Cambridge Heath - Hackney Road - Shoreditch - Liverpool Street - Bank - St Paul's - Ludgate Circus - Fleet Street - Aldwych. The route was initially operated by East London from their Bow (BW) garage using Leyland Titans and Northern Counties bodied Scania N113DRBs. The route was introduced to replace the withdrawn section of route 6 between Aldwych and Hackney Wick.

On 5 November 1994, the route was converted to full Leyland Titan operation.

On 7 December 1996, Northern Counties Palatine I bodied Volvo Olympians were introduced.

On 4 August 1997, the Northern Counties Palatine I bodied Volvo Olympians and the Leyland Titans were replaced by Alexander RL bodied Volvo Olympians.

On 11 March 1999, the route was converted to low floor operation using Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Tridents.

In April 2001, the allocation was transferred to Stratford (SD) garage.

In 2002, the route was rerouted at Shoreditch to comply with new one way system.

In February 2008, Stratford (SD) garage was announced closed and the allocation was transferred to West Ham (WH) garage.

In 2008, the Hackney Wick terminal altered to Chapman Road instead of Eastway.

On 26 September 2009, the allocation was transferred to Bow (BW) garage.

On 25 June 2011, the route passed to First London operating from Lea Interchange garage (LI) using brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s.

On 22 June 2013, the route was included in the sale of First London's Lea Interchange garage (LI) to Tower Transit.

On 27 February 2016, the route passed to CT Plus operating from their Ash Grove (HK) garage using Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s loaned from Tower Transit.

In June 2016, the Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s load from Tower Transit were replaced by brand new Enviro 400H City bodied Alexander Dennis E40Hs.

Current routeEdit

  • Hackney Wick
  • Cambridge Heath Station
  • Shoreditch Church
  • Shoreditch High Street Station
  • Liverpool Street Station
  • Bank Station
  • Mansion House Station
  • St Paul's Churchyard
  • City Thameslink Station
  • Aldwych
  • Waterloo Station

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