London Buses route 230
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|Vehicle||VDL DB300 10.4m / Wright Gemini 2|
|Peak vehicle requirement||12|
|Night-time||No night service|
|Start||Wood Green Station|
|Length||8 miles (12 km)|
|Frequency||About every 12-15 minutes|
|Journey time||38-62 minutes|
|Operates||04:50 until 01:34|
Today's route 230 commenced operation on 16 June 1973 as a Monday to Saturday route between Manor House Station and Stratford via Tottenham Hale, Blackhorse Road, Markhouse Road, Church Road, Leyton High Road and Leyton Road, in a scheme that was intended to localise routes "East of the River Lea". It replaced route 241 between Manor House and Leyton, as well as providing a new "direct" service from Leyton to Stratford. A bus station at Stratford, built as part of the re-development of the area, came into use at the same time.
On 19 March 1977, a diversion to serve the centre of Leyton at Bakers Arms was introduced. Buses were re-routed via Lea Bridge Road and Leyton Green. This was the routing originally proposed in 1973, but due to a right turn restriction was not possible at that time.
The route was converted to one-person operation with single-deck vehicles as from 31 January 1981, at the same it was revised to operate from Finsbury Park Station to Bakers Arms, where it was re-routed to Whipps Cross. The newly introduced route 158 providing the service between Walthamstow and Stratford. Resources on the route were re-distributed as from 4 September 1982, whereby a small extension to Leytonstone(Green Man) was introduced, which was counterbalanced by the withdrawal of the whole service after 20:00.
From the 6 June 1987, the Finsbury Park service was withdrawn, with the route being re-routed at Seven Sisters via West Green Road and Turnpike Lane Station to Wood Green. Double-deck vehicles were re-introduced on to the route at the same time. Another re-routing, just over a year later on 2 July 1988, saw the route diverted to serve Walthamstow Central Station instead of Markhouse Road. In the preceding fifteen years, the 230 had changed considerably and now ran: Wood Green to Leytonstone (Green Man) via Seven Sisters, Tottenham Hale, Walthamstow Central, Bakers Arms and Whipps Cross.
A small diversion in Tottenham was introduced on 1 February 1992 when the route was re-routed via Philip Lane instead of the eastern section of West Green Road.
A major change occurred on 22 June 1996 when the route was re-routed to serve Upper Walthamstow (Bisterne Avenue) being withdrawn between Whipps Cross and Leytonstone. At the same time, an evening and Sunday service was introduced.
- Wood Green Station
- Turnpike Lane Station
- Green Lanes
- West Green Road
- Tottenham High Road
- Tottenham Hale Station
- Blackhorse Road Station
- Blackhorse Road
- St James Street Station
- Walthamstow Central Station Bus Station
- Leyton Baker's Arms
- Whipps Cross Roundabout
- Wood Street Station
- Upper Walthamstow Bisterne Avenue
Previous route 230s in London
The route number 230 had been used twice prior to its current use.
- In 1925 - 1926 for a Wimbledon Common <to> South Hackney (Queens Head) Independent Sunday only route 230 operated by the Lea Rig.
- In 1933 - 1969 for a Rayners Lane*, North Harrow*, <to> Northwick Park Station route 230. *Termini varied. This was one of the few Central Area routes operated by RLH low height buses, on account of the low railway bridge at Wealdstone.
There was also in London:
- In the 1920s an Independent Route 230, authorised but never operated between Harlesden and Tooting.
- Between 1962 and 1966 a Harrow Weald <to> Northwick Park Station route 230A.