London Buses route 243

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Arriva VLW189 on 243.JPG
Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TL on route 243
Operator Arriva London
Garage Tottenham (AR)
Vehicle VDL DB300 10.4m / Wright Gemini 2
Peak vehicle requirement 28
Night-time 24-hour service
Start Wood Green
Via Tottenham
Stamford Hill
End Waterloo
Length 10 miles (15 km)
Level 24-hour service
Frequency About every 6-12 minutes
Journey time 45-91 minutes
Operates 24-hour service

London Buses route 243 is a Transport for London bus route in London, United Kingdom. The service is currently contracted to Arriva London.


This route began on 19 July 1961 to replace the trolleybus route 643, between Wood Green and Holborn Circus, as part of the trolleybus replacement programme.

Route 243 only ran Monday–Saturday while route 243A provided the Sunday service.

Sunday service was introduced on the 243 between Wood Green and Old Street to replace the discontinued route 243A and was extended Monday–Friday from Old Street to Waterloo Station to replace the Red Arrow route 505.

In 2002, the 243 was extended to serve Waterloo Station at all times, and the route was converted to a 24-hour service.

Before being operated by Arriva London, it was operated by London Transport at its Stamford Hill garage, using Routemasters.

Wood Green gained part of the allocation in 1966, this allocation was transferred to Tottenham (AR) in 1971.

Tottenham (AR) gained the whole allocation in 1985, and the 243 was converted to one-person operation using Metrobuses.

Wright Eclipse Gemini–bodied Volvo B7TL double-deckers and Alexander ALX400–bodied DAF DB250LF double-deckers were bought to convert the route to low-floor.

In 2010, route 243's contract was retained by Arriva London with brand new Wright Gemini 2–bodied VDL DB300 double-deckers.[1]

Current route[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Service changes". 2012-08-29. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 

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