London Buses route 277
|Vehicle||Dennis Trident 2 10.5m / Alexander ALX400|
|Peak vehicle requirement||21|
|Start||Highbury & Islington|
|Length||8 miles (13 km)|
|Frequency||About every 7-10 minutes|
|Journey time||31-63 minutes|
Route 277 started in April 1959 to replace the Trolleybus Replacement Route 677 from Smithfield to Cubitt Town. In October 1961 the Sunday service was extended from Cubitt Town to Poplar replacing the withdrawn route 56. In 1964 Saturday journeys were also extended, and this was followed in 1969 by a weekday extension.
In 1971 route 277 saw the withdrawal on Sunday services between Angel Islington and Smithfield but continued a normal service to Poplar Blackwall Tunnel. Also in 1971, there was then the withdrawal of the 277 going any further than Mildmay Park, but there was an extension to the Poplar Baths at the same time.
Route 277 saw the withdrawal of services to Poplar and restricted to Cubitt Town, Queen Hotel in 1974 then this was put back to normal in 1976 after Route 277A which took over that part of the line was withdrawn. Then in 1982 the route would only go as far as Smithfield on Weekdays except the evenings and Saturdays but would be restricted to Angel Islington on Weekday evenings and Sundays. 1989 saw the withdrawal of routes to Poplar only allowing a rare service on Sundays while services were withdrawn back to Limehouse because of the new bus route D7.
1990 saw the most significant change to the route where the route was diverted at Canonbury (Mildmay Park) via St Pauls Road to Highbury & Islington Station; the Smithfield section was replaced by bus route 56. 1991 saw the extension on weekdays and Saturdays to Canary Wharf. 1993 saw the withdrawal of the section between Canary Wharf and Poplar. In 1994 the route was extended to Leamouth on weekdays and Saturdays. 2003 saw the extension to Leamouth on Sundays.
Night bus route N277 was introduced in 2003 and covers the entire route. The 'N' prefix has since been dropped.
In February 2009, drivers on the route were criticised by local residents for causing unnecessarily high noise and air pollution at the Highbury Corner terminus.
The route is notable for passing through areas of London with strong cultural importance. A feature in Time Out magazine in March 2009 highlighted notable points along the route as the Vortex Jazz Club and Café Oto in Dalston, the Hackney Empire theatre, Broadway Market in London Fields and One Canada Square in Canary Wharf.
- Highbury & Islington Station
- Hackney Central Station
- Mile End Station
- Westferry Station
- Canary Wharf Station
- Leamouth Saffron Avenue