London Buses route N1 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Tottenham Court Road and Thamesmead, it is operated by London General.
Route N1 commenced operating on 25 July 1995 between Trafalgar Square and Plumstead garage via Strand, Aldwych, Waterloo, Elephant, Bricklayers Arms, Southwark Park Road, Surrey Quays,Pepys Estate, Deptford Church Street, Deptford Broadway, Greenwich High Road, Greenwich, Woolwich Road and Woolwich. The route was introduced to replace routes N51, N61 and N77. The route also ran between Trafalgar Square and Victoria but only meal relief journeys. The route was initially operated by London Central from their New Cross (NX) garage using Leyland Titans.
On 8 November 1997, part of the allocation was transferred to Bexleyheath (BX) garage and the Leyland Titans were replaced by Volvo Olympians.
On 14 November 1998, the route passed to First Capital operating from Northumberland Park (NP) garage using MCW Metrobuses. The route was withdrawn between Trafalgar Square and Victoria at the same time.
On 8 January 2000, the route was extended from Plumstead to Thamesmead town centre and the allocation was transferred to Dagenham (DM) garage. The route was converted to low floor operation using Plaxton President bodied Dennis Tridents at the same time.
On 24 April 2000, the route was withdrawn between Aldwych and Trafalgar Square, and was diverted to Tottenham Court Road Station via Holburn.
On 1 December 2001, the allocation was transferred to Hackney (H) garage.
On 15 October 2005 the route passed to East Thames Buses operating from Belvedere (BV) garage with brand new Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs introduced.
On 3 October 2009, East Thames Buses was sold to London General, which included a five-year contract to operate route N1. Part of Belvedere (BV) garage allocation was moved to Mandela Way (MW) garage at the same time.
In October 2016, brand new Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B5LHs were introduced.
In November 2016, the Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs were replaced by Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs.
The operation will partially be transferred to London Central and will be operated from their New Cross (NX) garage from 29 July 2017.
Current Route Edit
Route N1 operates via these primary locations:
- Tottenham Court Road
- Aldwych (For Covent Garden)
- Waterloo (For IMAX Cinema and Southbank Centre)
- Elephant & Castle
- Bricklayer's Arms
- Southwark Park Road
- South Bermondsey
- Surrey Quays
- Deptford High Street
- Greenwich Cutty Sark
- East Greenwich Library
- Woolwich Town Centre (For Woolich Arsenal Station)
- Plumstead High Street
- Abbey Wood
- Thamesmead Town Centre (Double Run)
- Thamesmead Bentham Road