London Buses route 23
|Garage||Westbourne Park (X)|
|Vehicle||Alexander Dennis Enviro400H 10.2m
Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.2m
|Peak vehicle requirement||31|
|Start||Westbourne Park station|
|End||Liverpool Street bus station|
|Length||8 miles (13 km)|
|Journey time||46-95 minutes|
On 14 November 2003, Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Trident 2s replaced the Routemasters. In May 2008, Alexander Dennis Enviro400s were introduced to the route and more recently Wright Gemini 2s were introduced in 2009.
In January 2009, Transport for London reduced the peak frequency of route 23 from twelve buses per hour to ten, as part of its implementation of the request from the Mayor of London to reduce the bus flow on Oxford Street by 10% in each of 2009 and 2010. The off-peak service already operated at this frequency.
Later in 2009 Transport for London decided not to proceed with a possible change of the eastbound route in the Elgin Crescent area, following a consultation with residents and local interest groups. The proposal would have routed the eastbound 23 along Ladbroke Gardens instead of Elgin Crescent, while routes 52 and 452 would continue to run along Elgin Crescent in both directions. The most common benefit stated amongst supporters was fewer buses along the overcrowded Elgin Crescent; those opposing the change were concerned about safety at the junction of Ladbroke Grove and Ladbroke Gardens, and the suitability of Ladbroke Gardens to accommodate a bus service.
In popular culture
- Westbourne Park station
- Ladbroke Grove Sainsbury's
- Ladbroke Grove station
- Paddington station
- Marble Arch station
- Oxford Circus station
- Piccadilly Circus station
- Charing Cross station
- City Thameslink station
- Mansion House station
- Bank station
- Liverpool Street bus station
- Routemasters The R.J. Waterhouse website
- The Future of the Routemaster Icons of England
- "Streets ahead: Relieving congestion on Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street". London Assembly Transport Committee. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-09. See Appendix 1.
- Aldridge, John (April 2009). "Yet more buses on Sundays and peaks". Buses (Ian Allan Publishing) (649): 22.
- Knapton, Sarah (5 January 2009). "Ten injured as bus hits antique shop in London suburb". Daily Telegraph.
- "Route 23". Transport for London. Retrieved 2010-05-18.
- Aldridge, John (May 2010). "First and Transdev retain four routes with new buses". Buses (Ian Allan Publishing) (662): 22–23.
- "Fleet News". Buses (684). March 2012.
- FirstGroup Announces Sale of Eight London Bus Depots FirstGroup 9 April 2013
- Aberdeen firm FirstGroup sells off depots for £80m BBC News 9 April 2013
- Date set for Aussie takeover of London bus routes Australasian Bus & Coach 14 June 2013
- Mesure, Susie (12 December 2010). "Boring? The number 23 bus? Never!". The Independent.