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London Buses route 294 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Noak Hill and Havering Park, it is operated by Stagecoach London.

HistoryEdit

Route 294 commenced operating on 18 July 1970 between Collier Row Turpin Avenue and Hornchurch St Georges Hospital via Lodge Lane - Collier Row Lane - Romford Stn - Victoria Road - Gidea Park - Slewins Lane as a Monday to Saturday route. The route was introduced to replace the withdrawn section of route 66 and part of withdrawn route 66A. The route initially operated from Romford (NS) garage using AEC Regent III RTs.

In 1971, the route converted to One Person single deck operation using Swifts.

In 1974, the route was extended in Collier Row to Firbank Road.

In 1976, the route was converted back to double deck using Daimler Fleetlines.

In 1979, the Daimler Fleetlines were replaced by Leyland Titans.

In 1982, a Sunday service was introduced.

In 1986, the route was diverted at Romford to Noak Hill and Gidea Park instead of Hornchurch.

In 1988, the route was withdrawn between Noak Hill and Gidea Park Station.

In March 1993, the Sunday was converted to midibus operation using Wright Handybus bodied Dennis Darts.

In November 1993, the Wright Handybus bodied Dennis Darts were replaced by Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Darts.

In 1999, the Sunday service was converted back to double deck.

In 2000, the route was converted to low floor operation using brand new Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Tridents.

In 2001, the Noak Hill terminal changed to North Hill Drive instead of Tees Drive.

In 2004, the route was retained by Stagecoach London.

In 2011, the route was retained by Stagecoach London.

On 30 April 2016, the route was retained by Stagecoach London with brand new Enviro 400 MMC bodied Alexander Dennis E40Ds introduced.

Current routeEdit

Route 294 operates via these primary locations:

  • Noak Hill North Hill Drive
  • Harold Hill
  • Harold Wood Station Forecourt
  • Gidea Park Station
  • Romford Station
  • Collier Row
  • Havering Park Firbank Road

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