London Buses route 24
New Bus For London on route 24
|Vehicle||New Bus For London 11.3m|
|Peak vehicle requirement||27|
|Length||7 miles (11 km)|
|Frequency||About every 6-10 minutes|
|Journey time||39-66 minutes|
London Buses route 24 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, United Kingdom. The service is currently contracted to Metroline and runs from Pimlico to Hampstead Heath. The bus route passes many tourist attractions such as Apollo Victoria Theatre, Victoria Palace Theatre, Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Parliament Square, Banqueting House, Horse Guards, Admiralty Arch, National Portrait Gallery, Garrick Theatre, Wyndham's Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Keats House, and Kenwood House.
This route dates back to 1910, when it ran between Hampstead Heath and Victoria. The 24 was extended in August 1912 to Pimlico and has continued in that form until the present day, making this the oldest unchanged bus route in London.
Originally, the route was operated by the London General Omnibus Company, and later the British Automobile Traction Co Ltd until September 1933 when the London Passenger Transport Board, later London Transport Executive, was formed and ran under the name "London Transport".
During its life with London Transport, the 24 was operated mainly from Chalk Farm (CF) Garage in Harmood Street (near Camden Town). It was also run at times from Victoria (Gillingham Street) (GM) garage. On 7 November 1965, the first thirty Leyland Atlantean buses went into service on route 24. It was the first route to use front-entrance double-decker buses in London. Route 67 and 271 also trialled front-entrance buses. The route was crew operated until 25 October 1986, apart from two short periods in 1965/1966 and 1975.
The route was the first central London route to be awarded under the tendering process to a private company, Grey-Green on 5 November 1988, using vehicles its own grey, green and orange livery from its garage in Stamford Hill. Grey-Green were at the time owned by Cowie Group, later Arriva, and became part of Arriva London following the company's acquisition of two other London operators.
In November 2002, Metroline commenced route 24, running from Holloway (HT), and later in 2006 it was the first London bus route to be operated by Alexander Dennis Enviro400 double deckers. On 10 November 2007, operation of route 24 passed to London General.
On 11 February 2008, a bus on diversion due to the Camden Town fires had its roof removed after the driver drove into the side rather than under the middle of an arch bridge. TfL said the diversion was safe if drivers followed instructions, and had been operating successfully for over 24 hours. This came just 3 months after another 24 lost its roof in the same place while out of service.
A night element to the route was introduced on 27 November 1999, in the form of route N24, to replace part of the withdrawn route N2 between Hampstead Heath and Pimlico. The N prefix was dropped during April 2004, thus making it a 24-hour route.
Route 24 made it into the news in February 2010 when a Muslim bus driver, new to the country, pulled the bus over near Gospel Oak, locked passengers in and prayed to Mecca. The Sun newspaper had to pay out £30,000 after allegedly misrepresenting the incidents stating that the driver was a fanatic who had forced passengers off the bus.
On 10 November 2012, Metroline recommenced operating route 24. New Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodided Volvo B5L double deckers and new Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL double deckers were introduced.
- Pimlico Grosvenor Road
- St George's Square for Pimlico Station
- Victoria Station
- Westminster Station
- Trafalgar Square for Charing Cross Station
- Leicester Square Station
- Tottenham Court Road Station
- Goodge Street Station
- Warren Street Station
- Mornington Crescent Station
- Camden Town Station
- Chalk Farm
- Hampstead Heath
Alexander Dennis Enviro400H on route 24
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