London Buses route 49 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between White City and Clapham Junction, it is operated by Abellio London.


Route 49 is a long standing route, once operatng as far as Crystal Palace.

On 26 November 1958, the route was extended from Shepherd's Bush to Willesden Junction on Sundays in order to replace route 12.

By 15 May 1971, the route was withdrawn between Crystal Palace and Streatham garage, and replaced by route route 249.

On 28 October 1978, the Sunday extension to Willesden Junction was withdrawn, and replaced by the reextension of route 12.

On 17 June 1989, the route was extended back to Crystal Palace as route 249 that had replaced it 18 years previously was withdrawn. This only lasted until 25 May 1991 when route 249 was reintroduced, and the route was withdrawn between Clapham Junction and Crystal Palace.

In May 1999, Armchair began operating the route on a short term contract from Brentford (AH) garage after London General lost the route, until new buses were preparing for London United.

On 30 October 1999, the route passed to London United operating from their Shepherd's Bush (S) garage with brand new Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs introduced.

Between 2002 and 2004, the route was operated from Stamford Brook (V) garage. Upon return to Shepherd's Bush, the route was converted back to double deck operation using Alexander ALX400 and East Lancs Vyking bodied Volvo B7TLs.

On 29 November 2008, the route was diverted at Shepherd's Bush Green via Westfield Complex to White City Bus Station in order to coincide with the opening of Westfield London.

On 5 September 2009, the route was retained by London United with brand new Scania OmniCitys introduced.

On 6 September 2014, the route passed to Abellio London operating from their Battersea (QB) garage with brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 400Hs introduced.

Current RouteEdit

Route 49 operates via these primary locations:

  • White City Bus Station
  • Shepherd's Bush stations
  • Kensington High Street
  • High Street Kensington station
  • Gloucester Road station
  • South Kensington station
  • Chelsea
  • Battersea Bridge
  • Battersea
  • Clapham Junction station
  • Clapham Junction Bolingbroke Grove

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