#AYearOfBuses 15: Tower Hill – Trafalgar Square
There could realistically only be one winner for day 15 on #AYearOfBuses, and it’s home to a true British icon.
Transport for London’s heritage route 15 is the only route in the capital running the type of bus you’ll still see on all of the postcards: the vintage AEC Routemaster.
A shortened version of the actual 15 (which runs from Blackwall to Trafalgar Square), it serves up a welcome dollop of nostalgia to Central London’s tourists, running every 15 mins between Tower Hill, Aldwych and Trafalgar Square. It was introduced in 2005 by the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, in an effort to dampen down anger at the mass withdrawal of RMs from the capital.
The 15H is the only remaining heritage route left in the capital, after the other heritage Routemaster route, the 9, was scrapped in 2014.