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London Buses route 34 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Barnet Church and Walthamstow Central, it is operated by Metroline.

HistoryEdit

Route 34 commenced operation on 3 October 1934 between Stratford Broadway and Whetstone The Griffin via Maryland - Crownfield Road - Leyton High Road - Bakers Arms - Crooked Billet - North Circular Road - Edmonton - Palmers Green - Arnos Grove - New Southgate - Oakleigh Road. The route was initially operated by London Transport from their Palmers Green (AD) and Leyton (T) garage using AEC Renowns. The route was a re-numbering of route 604.

On 27 May 1936, part of the allocation was transferred to Enfield (E) garage and AEC Regent STs were introduced.

On 17 February 1937, the route was withdrawn between Leyton Green and Stratford.

On 6 October 1937, the route was extended in Whetstone from The Griffin to Black Bull and the AEC Regent STs were replaced by AEC Regent.

On 5 January 1938, the route was converted to full AEC Regent operation.

On 1 June 1938, AEC Renowns were reintroduced.

On 12 October 1938, part of the allocation was transferred to Tottenham (AR) garage.

On 7 June 1939, the Tottenham (AR) allocation was transferred to Enfield (E) garage.

On 1 November 1939, the route was withdrawn between Crooked Billet and Leyton Green. At the same time, the Sunday evening service was withdrawn between Arnos Grove and Whetstone, the Leyton (T) allocation was transferred to Enfield (E) and Palmers Green (AD) garages and the route was converted to full AEC Regent operation.

On 20 March 1940, the Sunday evening service was reinstated between Arnos Grove and Whetstone.

On 15 May 1940, the route was extended from Whetstone to New Barnet Station.

On 29 October 1941, the Enfield (E) allocation was transferred to Palmers Green (AD) garage.

On 13 April 1949, Park Royal bodied AEC Regents and AEC Renowns were introduced.

On 26 October 1949, the route was converted to full AEC Regent operation.

On 3 January 1951, the AEC Regents were replaced by Leyland Titan RTLs.

On 6 May 1953, the route was extended from New Barnet Station to Chesterfield Road replacing withdrawn Route 207. The Leyland Titan RTLs were replaced by AEC Regent III RTs at the same time.

On 17 October 1956, the Sunday service was withdrawn between Palmers Green and Walthamstow, this section was replaced by Route 84.

On 26 November 1958, the Sunday service was withdrawn. The section between Chesterfield Road and Whetstone was replaced by new route 134A and the remainder of the route was replace by Route 84.

On 27 April 1960, the route was extended from Walthamstow to Leyton as part of the Trolleybus Replacement Program and part of the allocation was transferred to Leyton (T) garage.

On 12 October 1960, the Saturday service was withdrawn between Leyton Green and Downsell Road.

On 10 October 1962, the Saturday service was re-introduced between Leyton Green and Downsell Road.

On 29 January 1964, the Leyton (T) allocation was transferred to Walthamstow (WW) garage.

On 1 July 1964, the route was withdrawn between New Barnet and Chesterfield Road, this section was replaced by new route 261 and the Saturday service was withdrawn between Leyton Green and Downsell Road.

On 3 October 1965, the Walthamstow (WW) allocation was transferred to Palmers Green (AD) garage.

On 23 August 1969, a Sunday service was introduced between Barnet Church and Walthamstow Central replacing withdrawn section of Route 84 and was extended daily from New Barnet to Barnet Church.

On 16 January 1971, AEC Routemasters were introduced.

On 16 June 1973, the route was withdrawn between Leyton Green and Downsell Road and the Monday to Friday service was diverted to Harrow Green via Whipps Cross.

On 10 September 1977, the Monday to Friday service was withdrawn between Green Man and Harrow Green except for odd journeys and further withdrawn outside Monday to Friday peaks between Whipps Cross and Green Man but the weekend service was extended to Whipps Cross. At the same time, the route was converted to one person operation using Daimler Fleetlines.

On 19 September 1981, the Daimler Fleetlines were replaced by MCW Metrobuses and Leyland Titans.

On 4 September 1982, the route was withdrawn between Whipps Cross and Leytonstone except for special journeys to Harrow Green.

On 27 October 1984, the Harrow Green journeys were withdrawn.

On 5 November 1988, the route was withdrawn between Walthamstow Central Station and Whipps Cross and the Walthamstow (WW) allocation was transferred to Palmers Green (AD) garage. The route was converted to full MCW Metrobus operation.

On 21 July 1990, part of the allocation was transferred to Wood Green (WN) garage.

On 1 February 1992, the Wood Green (WN) allocation was transferred to Palmers Green (AD) garage.

On 8 November 1997, the route passed to East Herts and Essex from their Edmonton (EC) garage and was converted to low floor single deck operation using Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Dart SLFs. At the same time, double deck school day only journeys were introduced operated by Leaside Travel from their Edmonton (EC) garage using MCW Metrobuses.

On 29 August 1998, the route was transferred to Arriva London but still operating from Edmonton (EC) garage.

On 28 April 2003, the route was converted to low floor double deck operation using brand new Alexander ALX400 bodied DAF DB250LFs. The double deck school day only journeys were withdrawn at the same time.

On 19 June 2004, the route was rerouted to set down - stand - and pick up in the newly opened Walthamstow Central Bus Station.

On 7 November 2009, the route was retained by Arriva London.

On 24 March 2012, Edmonton (EC) was announced closed and the allocation was transferred to Lee Valley (LV) and Palmers Green (AD) garages. Plaxton President bodied DAF DB250LFs and Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s were introduced at the same time.

On 1 March 2014, the Lee Valley (LV) was announced closed and the allocation was transferred to Palmers Green (AD) garage.

On 8 November 2014, the route passed to Metroline operating from their Potters Bar (PB) garage with brand new Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B5LHs introduced.

On 20 August 2016, a half hourly weekend night service was introduced.

Current routeEdit

Route 34 operates via these primary locations:

  • Barnet Church
  • High Barnet Station
  • Whetstone
  • New Southgate
  • Arnos Grove Station
  • Palmers Green
  • Edmonton Cambridge Roundabout
  • North Middlesex Hospital
  • Silver Street Station
  • Upper Edmonton
  • Angel Road Station
  • Walthamstow Central Bus Station

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