London Buses route 141
|Garage||Wood Green (WN)|
|Vehicle||Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Wright Eclipse Gemini|
|Peak vehicle requirement||25|
|End||London Bridge bus station|
|Length||6 miles (9.7 km)|
|Journey time||35-70 minutes|
|Operates||04:24 until 01:39|
Route 141 commenced operating on 8 November 1961 as a replacement for trolleybus route 641, which had run daily between Winchmore Hill and Moorgate (Finsbury Square). It was extended on weekdays via London Wall to Ludgate Circus from where it replaced tram replacement route 179 to Grove Park via Elephant & Castle, Old Kent Road, New Cross, Brockley Rise, Stanstead Road, Catford and Downham. This was the first time that a bus service had been operated along London Wall, and its introduction was used by London Transport to demonstrate the flexibility of the new AEC Routemasters.
A Saturday and Sunday route 141A was introduced between Finsbury Park station and Grove Park via Highbury, Angel and Goswell Road to replace route 4 and route 179 on these days. Route 141 also operated between Winchmore Hill and Moorgate on weekends.
Upon being put up for tender, the route passed to Grey-Green. On 20 June 1998 it was transferred to fellow Arriva operator Arriva London. Upon being re-tendered, it was retained by Arriva London with a new contract commencing on 14 January 2006. At the same time, the route was extended from Wood Green to Palmers Green replacing route 29.
Route 141 was the first route to be served by hybrid electric double-decker buses, with the first one, a Wright Pulsar Gemini HEV, entering service in March 2007. This bus has since moved elsewhere, but hybrid Wright Gemini 2 HEVs and Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B5L Hybrids now operate on the route.
A bus operating on route 141 was involved in an accident near Monument station on 24 February 2010. Eleven people including the driver were injured when the bus crashed into a set of railings and narrowly avoided falling down the steps into the station.
Upon being re-tendered, route 141 was retained by Arriva London with a new contract commencing on 12 January 2013. In August 2014, a bus on the route was used to test technology that displays seat availability on a screen at the base of the stairs.
- Palmers Green North Circular Road
- Wood Green station
- Turnpike Lane station
- Harringay Green Lanes station
- Manor House station
- Newington Green
- Old Street station
- Moorgate station
- Bank station
- Monument station
- London Bridge
- London Bridge bus station for London Bridge station
- Route 141 busesatwork.co.uk
- Bus tender results Route 141 Transport for London 9 May 2005
- Hybrid double-decker bus launched BBC News 16 March 2007
- Eleven hospitalised in central London double-decker bus crash Evening Standard 24 February 2010
- Eleven people taken to hospital as bus crashes yards from London Tube station Daily Mail 24 February 2010
- Tender News BusTalk (Go-Ahead London) issue 16 June 2012
- Worth, Dan (6 August 2014). "TfL will trial bus WiFi and digital seat data displays". V3. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
- Martin, Chris (7 August 2014). "Tfl trials free Wi-Fi on buses in London alongside other new technology". TechAdvisor. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
- Hinks, Jamie (6 August 2014). "Free public Wi-Fi arrives on London buses". IT Pro Portal. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
- Media related to London Buses route 141 at Wikimedia Commons