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 Central.


Route 453 commenced operation 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 The route was introduced to replace the withdrawn section of route 53 between Trafalgar Square and Oxford Circus.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 16 February 2008, the route passed to London General operating from their Mandela Way (MW) garage with brand new Mercedes-Benz O530G articulated buses.

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.

On 29 July 2017, the operation was transferred to London Central operating from their New Cross (NX) garage.

The route will be retained by London Central from 17 November 2018.

Current routeEdit

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

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