London Buses route 98 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Willesden and Holborn, it is operated by Metroline.


Route 98 commenced operation on 18 July 1992 between Willesden Garage and Holborn Red Lion Square via High Road Willesden - Willesden Lane - Kilburn High Road - Maida Vale - Edgware Road - Marble Arch - Oxford Street - Oxford Circus - New Oxford Street. The route was introduced to replace the withdrawn section of route 8 between Willesden garage and Oxford Circus. The route was initially operated by Metroline from their Willesden (AC) garage using AEC Routemasters on Mondays to Saturdays in the daytime and MCW Metrobuses on Sundays and late evenings.

On 4 December 1993, the Monday to Saturday evening service was converted to one man operation using Leyland Nationals and MCW Metrobuses.

On 27 March 2004, the route was converted to low floor one person operation, with the AEC Routemasters replaced by Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs.

Route 98 also has night service N98 that follows the route from Holborn to Willesden and continues via Kingsbury, Queensbury and Neasden to Stanmore station.

Due to the partial closure of Oxford Street for Crossrail works, on 16 June 2014 the route temporarily had its eastern terminus relocated from Holborn to Russell Square. It resumed operating to Holborn in August 2014.

Due to road works in New Oxford Street, on 26 October 2014 the route was temporarily diverted to Russell Square via Regent Street, Mortimer Street, Goodge Street, Tottenham Court Road, Chenies Street, Gower Street, Bloomsbury Street, Great Russell Street, Montague Street to Russell Square (north side), returning via Bedford Place, Great Russell Street and Bloomsbury Street.

In June 2015, brand new Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B5LHs entered service.

In May 2016, brand new BYD K8SR Electric entered service.

On 25 June 2016, the route was restored to serving Holborn instead of Russell Square.

On 9 December 2017, the route was retained by Metroline.

Current routeEdit

Route 98 operates via these primary locations:

  • Willesden Bus Garage
  • Willesden Green 
  • Kilburn High Road 
  • Maida Vale 
  • Edgware Road 
  • Marble Arch 
  • Bond Street 
  • Oxford Circus 
  • Tottenham Court Road 
  • Holborn Red Lion Square

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