London Buses route 343 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between City Hall and New Cross Gate, it is operated by Abellio London.

History Edit

Route 343 commenced operating on 3 February 2001 between New Cross garage and London Bridge station via Brockley, Peckham Rye and Elephant & Castle. It was initially operated by London Central's New Cross garage with Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs. It was not a new route, but a renumbering of flat fare route P3, which had commenced on 24 January 1970 as a circular route from Peckham garage via Peckham Rye and Nunhead, being extended to London Bridge station on 28 April 1984. On 25 September 2002, it was redirected withdrawn from London Bridge station and rerouted from Borough High Street via Tooley Street, Druid Street, Crucifix Lane and to stand at St Thomas Street for Guy's Hospital. When re-tendered, the route passed to Travel London's Walworth garage on 21 September 2005 with Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs introduced. Route 343 was included in the May 2009 sale of Travel London to Abellio London. Abellio London successfully tendered to retain the route with a new contract commencing on 5 May 2011. In June 2010, the route was revealed to be amongst the ten worst performing in London. Two additional morning peak journeys were introduced on 12 June 2010 with the intention of solving the problems; performance improved as a result, although the route continued to receive complaints. A proposal to increase the frequency of the route was announced by Transport for London in November 2010. Route 343 also has a night service in the form of route N343, which runs parallel to the day route and then continues to Trafalgar Square via route N381, Waterloo and Aldwych. At 08:22 on 17 March 2012, a route 343 caught fire on Pepys Road, New Cross. The fire was put out by 09:20 and there were no injuries.

The route will pass to London Central and will be operated from their New Cross (NX) garage from 3 February 2018.

Current route Edit

Route 343 operates via these primary locations:

  • City Hall
  • London Bridge (For Guy's Hospital and Southwark Cathedral)
  • Borough
  • Elephant & Castle
  • Burgess Park
  • Southampton Way Estate
  • North Peckham
  • Peckham Hanover Park
  • Peckham Rye
  • Cheltenham Road
  • Nunhead Inverton Road
  • Brockley Frendsbury Road
  • Avignon Road
  • Telegraph Hill
  • New Cross Gate Jerningham Road 

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