London Buses route 15
Alexander Dennis Enviro400H on route 15
|Vehicle||Alexander Dennis Enviro400H 10.2m
Dennis Trident 2 10.5m / Alexander ALX400
|Peak vehicle requirement||22|
|Night-time||Night Bus N15|
|Length||7 miles (11 km)|
|Frequency||About every 8-10 minutes|
|Journey time||38-75 minutes|
|Operates||05:25 until 01:14|
London Buses route 15 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, United Kingdom. The service is currently contracted to Stagecoach London. Heritage route 15 operates using traditional Routemaster buses over a shortened version of the standard route.
Route 15 is a very Popular route with Tourists as it Passes places such as Trafalgar Square, Aldwych, St. Paul's Cathedral, Piccadilly Circus until it Terminates At Regent Street which is a Short Walk away from Oxford Street.
Route 15 was introduced in November 1908 between Shepherd's Bush and East Ham. In 1914 it was extended to Putney Common, with a Sunday extension eastwards to Plaistow. By 1921 the 15 had been cut back to Ladbroke Grove, extending in the east to Barking and North Woolwich on weekdays. A Sunday extension from Ladbroke Grove to Acton Vale was launched, and the North Woolwich journeys were diverted to Becontree Heath.
By November 1949, the route ran on from Ladbroke Grove to Poplar (Blackwall Tunnel), extending to East Ham during Monday to Friday peak hours and evenings, and all day on Saturdays and Sundays, with a further Sunday extension to Kew. From January 1967 journeys to Kensal Rise were introduced, and in October 1969 the route was suspended between Acton and Kew, being reinstated in 1970. In May 1975 the Sunday service was rerouted to Richmond Bus Station.
In May 1985, the route was diverted between to serve Cannon Street and the Tower of London. In June 1987 the Sunday service was converted to one-man operation. July 1992 saw the Monday to Saturday service withdrawn between Ladbroke Grove and Paddington, being replaced by new route 23. In May 1993 this section was withdrawn on Sundays, and in September 1999 the 15 was withdrawn between Poplar and Canning Town, with buses diverted to serve Blackwall DLR Station. In August 2003 the route was withdrawn between Blackwall and East Ham.
Additional services on the route were operated on weekends in 2005 during the closure of the parallel Circle and District underground lines. On 26 February 2006, it was announced that this route would be extended to the new developments in Paddington Basin (North Wharf Road) over the reconstructed Bishop's Bridge; the previous bridge was not considered strong enough to take buses. Although the reconstructed bridge opened in June 2006, this extension was continuously deferred, with the extension eventually taking place on 13 October 2007, in order to free up stand space at Paddington for the newly introduced route 332.
On 27 June 2009, route 15 was transferred to West Ham (WH).
On 28 August 2010, route 15 was withdrawn between Paddington Basin & Regent Street. This was part of Transport for London's policy of reducing the number of buses using Oxford Street in order to ease congestion and pollution.
The route was for several years operated by Routemaster vehicles. The final twenty routes to be operated by Routemasters were established operations which had been served by the type both before and after the privatisation of London bus services. Route 15 was the first of these to lose its Routemasters, which were replaced by new vehicles on 29 August 2003.
In January 2012, new Alexander Dennis Enviro400H double deckers were introduced. 
- Blackwall Station
- Poplar (All Saints Station)
- Limehouse Station
- Aldgate East Station
- Aldgate Station
- Tower Gateway Station
- Tower Hill Station
- Monument Station
- Cannon Street Station
- Mansion House Station
- St Paul's Churchyard
- City Thameslink Station
- Charing Cross Station
- Trafalgar Square
- London Transport Central Area Routes 13-16
- BBC News - London - Tubes lines to stay shut for repairs BBC News, 19 January 2005
- Macquarie snaps up the Routemaster Telegraph.co.uk, 24 June 2006
- Stagecoach back on London buses in £52.8m deal Evening Standard, 15 October 2010
- "Streets ahead: Relieving congestion on Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street". London Assembly Transport Committee. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2010. Appendix 1 sets out TfL's plans to reduce the number of buses in Oxford Street by 10% in each of 2009 and 2010
- "All change for two bus routes". Westminster Chronicle. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2010.
- BBC - h2g2 - The Routemaster Bus
- London buses saved from final stop iAfrica, 18 November 2005
- Touring Routemasters back on road BBC News, 8 November 2005
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