London Buses route 271
|Vehicle||Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.1m
Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2
|Peak vehicle requirement||12|
|Length||5 miles (8.0 km)|
|Journey time||23-43 minutes|
Route 271 commenced operating on 20 July 1960 running between Highgate Village and Finsbury Square to replace trolleybus route 611 with AEC Routemasters. The route was initially operated out of Holloway garage and has changed little since its introduction.
On 7 November 1965, new Leyland Atlanteans commenced a six-month trial on route 271. On 17 April 1966, eight XF-class Daimler Fleetlines were transferred from London Country Bus Services's East Grinstead garage to Holloway and replaced by XA-class Leyland Atlanteans. After the fuel consumption of the two vehicles was compared, the eight XF-class buses returned to East Grinstead.
On 10 July 1966, route 271 returned to AEC Routemaster operation. On 16 January 1971, it was converted to one-man operation with Daimler Fleetlines.
For an eight-month period from September 1990, the route was based at Chalk Farm garage, before returning to Holloway.
On 16 May 1992 the route received a weekend extension to Liverpool Street station.
Upon tendering in September 1993, the route transferred to London Suburban Bus, operated from a garage in Edmonton, using red, brown and cream livered Northern Counties Palatine bodied Volvo Olympians.
Route 271 was included in the April 1996 sale of London Suburban Bus to MTL London and transferred back to Holloway, with the existing buses repainted in MTL's red livery. MTL London in turn was sold in August 1998 to Metroline. The route received low-floor buses in 1999.
Upon being re-tendered, the route was retained by Metroline with a new contract commencing on 30 September 2005.
On 18 June 2011, route 271 was withdrawn between Finsbury Square and Liverpool Street station due to Crossrail works. When re-tendered, it was retained by Metroline with a new contract commencing on 29 September 2012 with existing double deckers.
Route 271 operates via these primary locations:
- Highgate Village South Grove
- Archway station
- Upper Holloway station
- Holloway Road station
- Highbury & Islington station
- Essex Road station
- Islington High Street
- Angel station
- Old Street station
- Finsbury Square
- Graeme Bruce, J; Curtis, Colin (1977). The London Motor Bus: Its Origins and Development. London Transport. p. 109. ISBN 0853290830.
- Day, John (1973). The Story of the London Bus. London Regional Transport. ISBN 9780853290377.
- Graeme Bruce, J; Curtis, Colin (1977). The London Motor Bus: Its Origins and Development. London Transport. p. 112. ISBN 0853290830.
- History Metroline
- Bus tender results Route 271/N271 Transport for London 20 December 2004
- Bus tender results Route 271 Transport for London 28 October 2011
- Tender News BusTalk (Go-Ahead London) issue 13 December 2011
- Route 271 Map Transport for London
Media related to London Buses route 271 at Wikimedia Commons