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London Buses route C2 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Parliament Hill Fields and Oxford Circus, it is operated by Abellio London.

HistoryEdit

Camden Hoppa Route C2 began in March 1987 following the withdrawal of route 53 between Parliament Hill Fields and Oxford Circus. The route was initially tendered to London Country North West (LCNW), running between Regent Street via Camden Town to Parliament Hill Fields, using Optare CityPacers minibuses leased from London Regional Transport's Muswell Hill Garage. LCNW surrendered the route in June 1988, with London Buses taking over operation of the route, from Victoria Garage using their leased CityPacers.

The route stayed at Victoria (Basement) Garage, eventually with London General using Optare StarRiders, until January 1994, when the route was lost to London Northern.

The StarRiders moved with the route to Holloway (HT) garage, although this was only temporary as Northern Counties Paladin bodied Camden Link route branded Dennis Darts entered service in June. The 1990s saw a brief period where the route was extended northwards via Highgate and Crouch End. Privatisation saw the route being pass with London Northern to MTL London Northern in October, later bought out by Metroline in 1998. The Darts were replaced by Plaxton President bodied Dennis Tridents during 2002.

The C2 was converted into a 24-hour service on 14 April 2007. This was the first time that a normal prefix route gained a night service.

In June 2009, the route was extended from Oxford Circus, via Berkeley Square and Hyde Park Corner to Victoria station, replacing route 8 which previously operated this section.

On 28 April 2012, the route passed to Abellio London operating from their Battersea (QB) garage using brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s.

On 15 July 2017, the route was withdrawn between Oxford Circus and Victoria.

Current routeEdit

Route C2 operates via these primary locations:

  • Parliament Hill Fields
  • Kentish Town Station
  • Camden Town Station
  • Great Portland Street Station
  • Oxford Circus Station

External linksEdit

London Buses Route C215:51

London Buses Route C2

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