London Buses route 360 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Royal Albert Hall and Elephant & Castle, it is operated by London Central.
Route 360 commenced operating on 25 January 2003 as was one of a number of new routes introduced in preparation for the commencement of the London congestion charge. It was operated by London Central from Camberwell (Q) garage using Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Dart SLFs, unusually treated to route branding.
The route was the first in London to use hybrid electric buses, with six vehicles built by Wrightbus, branded Electrocity, entering service in February 2006. The trial was announced in March 2005; route 360 was chosen as it is one of few single-deck routes to operate in central London. Six diesel buses were operated alongside the hybrids for comparison. The hybrids were temporarily withdrawn shortly after their introduction following problems with engine overheating.
In 2007 a brand new Optare Versa Hybrid was introduced.
On 23 January 2010, the route was retained by London Central with new and existing Wright Electrocity bodied VDL SB120s.
In 2015 the Optare Versa Hybrid was transferred to Quality Line.
On 24 August 2016, a brand new Wright StreetLite demonstrator was introduced.
On 21 January 2017, the route was retained by London Central.
In October 2017, a Wright StreetAir demonstrator was introduced.
Brand new Enviro 200 Electric bodied BYD K9Es will be introduced from October 2017.
- Royal Albert Hall
- South Kensington Station
- Sloane Square Station
- Pimlico Station
- Vauxhall Station Bus Station
- Imperial War Museum
- Elephant & Castle