London Buses route 453 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Deptford Bridge and Marylebone, it is operated by London General.
Route 453 commenced operating on 15 February 2003 between Deptford Bridge and Marylebone stations via New Cross Gate - Old Kent Road - Bricklayers Arms - Elephant & Castle - Lambeth North - Westminster Bridge - Whitehall - Piccadilly Circus - Oxford Circus - Portland Place - Great Portland Street - Marylebone Road - Baker Street Station. The route was introduced to replace the withdrawn section of route 53 between Trafalgar Square and Oxford Circus. It was initially operated by Stagecoach London from their Plumstead (PD) garage using Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Tridents.
On 15 March 2003, the Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Tridents were replaced by Mercedes-Benz O530G articulated buses.
On 20 March 2004, the route was converted to a 24 hour service.
On 15 January 2005, the Monday to Friday frequency was reduced from every 6 minutes to every 8 minutes, although there are a couple of extra peak-hour journeys.
On 24 September 2011, the route was converted back to double-deck operation with brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s.
On 19 November 2011, the route was retained by London General.
On 18 October 2014, the Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s were replaced by brand New Routemasters.
The operation will be transferred to London Central and will be operating from their New Cross (NX) garage from 29 July 2017.
Route 453 operates via these primary locations:
- Deptford Bridge Station
- New Cross Station
- New Cross Gate Station
- Bricklayers Arms
- Elephant & Castle Station
- Lambeth North Station
- Westminster Station
- Trafalgar Square
- Piccadilly Circus Station
- Oxford Circus Station
- Great Portland street Station
- Baker Street Station
- Marylebone Station