London Buses route 291 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Woodlands and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, it is operated by Stagecoach London.


Route 291 commenced operating on 31 October 1981 between Lewisham Bus Station and Woodlands Estate via Lee Green - Kidbrooke Park Road - Shooters Hill - Woolwich - Griffin Road - Plumstead Common. It was initially operated by London Transport from their Plumstead (PD) garage using Metro-Scania Metropolitans.

On 21 November 1982, the Metro-Scania Metropolitans were replaced by Leyland Titans.

On 27 October 1984, the route was withdrawn between Woolwich and Lewisham and this section was replaced by amended Route 178.

On 27 April 1985, the Sunday service was withdrawn.

On 7 February 1987, a joint service with route 244 commenced and the Leyland Titans were replaced by ECW bodied Leyland Olympians.

On 16 January 1988, the route passed to Bexleybus operating from their Bexleyheath (BX) garage using MCW Metroriders and Robin Hood bodied Ivecos.

In January 1991, the route passed to London Central operating from Bexleyheath (BX) garage using MCW Metroriders and Robin Hood bodied Ivecos.

On 19 January 1991, the route was rerouted at Woodlands Estate via Flaxton Road and Timbercroft Lane instead of Landstead Road.

In February 1993, the MCW Metroriders and Robin Hood bodied Ivecos were replaced by Optare MetroRiders.

On 17 February 1996, a Sunday service was introduced.

On 23 January 1999, the route passed to Selkent operating from their Plumstead (PD) garage and was converted to low floor using Alexander ALX200 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs.

On 24 February 2001, the route was extended from Woolwich to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

In 2009, the Alexander ALX200 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs were replaced by Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs.

On 22 January 2011, the route was retained by Stagecoach London.

Current routeEdit

Route 291 operates via these primary locations:

  • Garland Road
  • Woodlands Estate
  • Plumstead Common
  • Woolwich Arsenal Station
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital

External linksEdit

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