London Buses route 97 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Chingford and Stratford City, it is operated by Stagecoach London.
Route 97 commenced operating on 31 October 1981 between Chingford station and Leyton via Chingford Mount, Walthamstow and Baker's Arms replacing part of route 69. It was withdrawn on 6 June 1987, but reintroduced on 19 November 1988.
It was operated by London Forest until 1991, when that company was wound up. The route passed to Capital Citybus on 23 November 1991. Route 97 was included in the July 1998 sale of Capital Citybus to First London.
On 26 February 2000, it was retained by First London with low floor Plaxton President bodied Dennis Tridents introduced.
On 6 March 2010, the route was retained by Stagecoach London.
On 10 September 2011, route 97 was extended from Leyton to Stratford City bus station to coincide with the opening of Westfield Stratford City.
On 31 August 2013, the route was diverted to serve the new residential precinct around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
On 3 March 2012, part of allocation moved from Leyton (T) to West Ham (WH).
On 29 November 2014, the Leyton (T) allocation was transferred to West Ham (WH) garage.
On 4 March 2017, the route was retained by Stagecoach London with Scania OmniCitys introduced.
Route 97 operates via these primary locations:
- Chingford Station
- Chingford Mount
- Walthamstow Central Station
- Baker's Arms
- Leyton Midland Road Station
- Leyton Station
- Stratford International Station
- Stratford City Bus Station