#AYearOfBuses 159: Streatham – Marble Arch

Arriva London 159 Routemaster

Today’s winner on #AYearOfBuses is a very special route – and one particular award¬†has sealed its place in history. The 159 (Streatham – Marble Arch) was the last ‘proper’ bus route in London to be worked by a British cultural icon – the AEC Routemaster. After putting in over 50 years of outstanding service on […]

#AYearOfBuses 149: Edmonton Green – London Bridge

London bus 149

One of London’s busiest routes is our winner today on #AYearOfBuses – it’s former bendybus route 149. The 149 began all the way back in 1961, as a replacement for former trolleybus route 649. Over the years, it’s been chopped and changed, rerouted and shortened, and it’s been through a whole raft of vehicle types […]

#AYearOfBuses 148: Shepherd’s Bush – Camberwell Green

London bus 148

It’s back to London today here on #AYearOfBuses, for a relative newcomer to the scene. The 148 came to life in 2002, running between Shepherd’s Bush Green and Camberwell Green, through the heart of central London and Westminster. It was one of a number routes introduced in the lead up to the introduction of Ken […]

#AYearOfBuses 137: Marble Arch – Streatham Hill

137 Routemaster

We’re sticking with London today on #AYearOfBuses! The 137 is one of the capital’s oldest and most famous bus routes, cutting a swathe through central London from Marble Arch (until recently it went as far as Oxford Circus) to Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, Sloan Square, Chelsea Bridge, Battersea Park, Clapham Common and Streatham Hill. It […]

#AYearOfBuses 136: N136 Oxford Circus – Chislehurst

N136

Today’s winner here on #AYearOfBuses is our very first night bus! And it’s an interesting one, too. The N136 is actually a night bus version of TWO daytime routes – its namesake, the 136 (run by Stagecoach), and commuter route 436 (run by Go Ahead). During the daytime, the 136 runs between Elephant and Castle, […]

#AYearOfBuses 134: North Finchley – Tottenham Court Road

134

Today’s feature here on #AYearOfBuses has a strong accolade – it’ll be the first route in London to be run purely by all-electric Optare Metrodecker EVs. 31 of Optare’s double decker battery-electric buses are on order for Metroline’s Potters Bar garage, part of an order for 68 electric buses for the 134 and 43 (Friern […]

Rail revolution: Azuma launches on the East Coast

LNER Azuma Launch

LNER has officially launched the next generation of trains for the East Coast Main Line. At a star-studded ceremony at London’s King’s Cross station, LNER ushered in the new era for the ECML by revealing one of the first of its new trains to hit the rails. Built using Japanese bullet train technology at Hitachi’s […]

#AYearOfBuses 129: North Greenwich – Cutty Sark

129

How many bus routes can say they start with a cable car, and finish at an 1869-built clipper ship? Well, London’s route 129 can, and it’s today’s feature here on #AYearOfBuses. A particularly short route at just 2 miles in length, the 129 was introduced in 2006 to connect Greenwich town centre (from the Cutty […]

#AYearOfBuses 123: Ilford – Wood Green

Capital Citybus

We haven’t been to London for a while here on #AYearOfBuses! So today, we’re taking a look at another of the capital’s routes. Now in the hands of Arriva London, the 123 runs across the top of North London between Wood Green, Walthamstow and Ilford. The 123 can trace its history back almost 60 years, […]

#AYearOfBuses 107: Edgware – New Barnet

Metroline 107

Today’s route on #AYearOfBuses connects the two northern termini of the Northern Line. Cutting a giant swathe across North West London, the 107 runs from Edgware, to Elstree, Borehamwood, High Barnet and New Barnet. It links the two northern branches of London Underground’s Northern Line, Edgware and High Barnet (if you don’t count Mill Hill […]

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