London Buses route RV1 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Covent Garden and Tower Gateway, it is operated by Tower Transit.
Route RV1 commenced operation on 27 April 2002 between Covent Garden and Tower Gateway station via Aldwych - Waterloo - Royal Festival Hall - Southwark Street - London Bridge Station - Tooley Street - Tower Bridge. The service was initially carried Riverside branding and was intended to open up the South Bank, connecting visitor attractions including the National Theatre, London Eye, Royal Festival Hall and Tate Modern. It serves many streets that previously were not served by buses. The route was initially operated by First London from their Hackney (H) garage using Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaros.
In 2007, Hackney (H) garage was announced closed and the allocation was transferred to Lea Interchange (LI) garage.
Between September 2004 and January 2007, three trial fuel cell powered Mercedes-Benz Citaros) were used on this route to compare their efficiency with their diesel equivalents. The fuel cell buses only operated in the mornings and early afternoon due to a lack of fuel capacity.
In 2010, Wright Pulsar 2 Hydrogen-powered bodied VDL SB200s and Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts were introduced.
On 22 June 2013, the route was included in the sale of First London's Lea Interchange (LI) garage to Tower Transit.
In January 2018, the Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts were replaced by Hydrogen Fuel Cell bodied Van Hool A330FCs.
Route RV1 operates via these primary locations:
- Covent Garden Catherine Street
- Waterloo Bridge
- Waterloo Station
- National Theatre
- Southwark Station
- South Bank
- London Bridge Station
- City Hall
- Tower Bridge
- Tower of London
- Tower Gateway Station