London Buses route 6 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Willesden and Aldwych, it is operated by Metroline.
Route 6 is a short route, but a high daytime frequency contributes to a substantial requirement for up to 30 buses in service at any time. It used to run over a longer distance between Kensal Rise and Hackney Wick, but in 1942 the route was cut back to Kensal Rise from Willesden. It had previously been extended to Leyton at various times, but these were quickly withdrawn.
On 18 July 1992, it was further cut, with the section between Aldwych and Hackney Wick replaced by new route 26. This means the west end of the route now has no access to the City, although links from Hackney and Cambridge Heath to the West End are still covered to some degree by route 55.
Between 1988 and 1991 the route had been jointly worked by the Metroline and London Forest divisions. When the latter was wound up in 1991, and its workings were taken over by East London until 1992, when the remaining section of route was allocated entirely by Metroline.
On 27 March 2004 route 6 was converted to driver-only operation, with the AEC Routemasters replaced by brand new Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs. It was decided to run all journeys to Willesden (AC) garage, to provide a more consistent service over this corridor. However, the residents of Staverton Road, along which route 6's garage journeys passed (along with buses on route 52 and 302) objected to the increase in buses. So the number of through journeys had to be limited to the previous level. The service has since been re-routed via Donnington Road and Pound Lane.
In June 2015, the Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs were replaced by brand new Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B5LHs.
On 17 June 2017, the route was rerouted between Marble Arch and Piccadilly Circus via Park Lane and Piccadilly.
The route will be retained by Metroline from 9 December 2017.
Route 6 operates via these primary locations:
- Willesden Bus Garage
- Willesden General Hospital
- Kensal Rise Station
- Queens Park Station
- Maida Hill
- Warwick Avenue Station
- Edgware Road Station
- Marble Arch Station
- Hyde Park Corner Station
- Green Park Station
- Piccadilly Circus Station
- Trafalgar Square
- Charing Cross Station