London Buses route 397 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Debden and Crooked Billet, it is operated by Arriva London.
Route 397 commenced operating on 26 February 2000 between South Chingford Sainsbury's and Debden Broadway via Chingford Road - Chingford Mount - Old Church Road - Chingford Avenue - Endlebury Road - Simmons Lane - Chingford Hatch - Friday Hill - Kings Road - Station Road - Chingford Station, Forest Road - Whitehall Road - Woodford Wells - High Road - Loughton - Traps Hill - Border lane as a Monday to Saturday service. The route was initially operated by Arriva East Herts & Essex from their Debden (DB) garage using Alexander ALX200 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs.
On 5 March 2005, the route passed to Arriva London operating from their Edmonton (EC) garage.
On 5 November 2006, a Sunday service was introduced.
On 25 February 2012, the route was retained by Arriva London with brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts introduced and the allocation was transferred from Edmonton (EC) to Lea Valley (LV) garages.
On 1 March 2014, Lea Valley (LV) was announced closed and the allocation was transferred back to Edmonton (EC) garage.
CT Plus will take over the operation of route 397 with brand new Enviro 200 MMC bodied Alexander Dennis E20Ds introduced from 11 March 2017.
Current route Edit
- Debden Broadway (for Debden Station)
- Loughton Station
- Buckhurst Hill
- Woodford Wells
- Chingford Station
- Chingford Mount
- Crooked Billet Sainsbury's