London Buses route 281
|Vehicle||Dennis Trident 2 9.9m / Alexander ALX400|
|Peak vehicle requirement||23|
|Length||11 miles (18 km)|
|Frequency||About every 8-12 minutes|
|Journey time||45-81 minutes|
In 1965 part of the Monday – Saturday service was extended from Twickenham to Hounslow Bus Station via Whitton. From 1970, a Monday – Friday peak hour extension from Tolworth to Chessington Industrial Estate was introduced. By 1971 the Sunday service was operated by one man single deck SMS class AEC Swifts, and from 1975 by DMS double deckers. These in turn were replaced by MCW Metrobuses from April 1979. Throughout this time, the weekday service remained crew operated with Routemasters. In September 1978 the Sunday service was extended from Twickenham to Hounslow in line with the weekday service, replacing the 73 over this section.
As part of a three way switch involving routes 18, 109 and the 281, the Routemasters were replaced by crew operated MCW Metrobuses from August 1981. The same type of bus now operated the route everyday for the first time since 1971, but with conductors on Monday to Saturday, and driver only on Sunday. However as most of the Metrobuses bought in for the conversion were not fitted with ticket machines, it was not the same buses. Over the following months ticket machines were fitted, and on 4 September 1982, the 281 was converted to daily one person operation. At the same time the whole Monday – Saturday service was extended beyond Twickenham to Hounslow.
In 1987, the Chessington peak hour service was withdrawn as part of the Kingston Area changes, and replaced by new route K2. For the summer of 1990 the day time Sunday service was extended from Tolworth to Chessington World of Adventures via the Kingston By Pass. From 1991 to 1997 Hounslow garage provided part of the service alongside Fulwell.
The 281 became the 100th night bus service in London on 3 June 2006, when a 24 hour service introduced.
Because it serves Teddington, the route takes 30 minutes to travel between Twickenham and Kingston, a distance of three miles direct. A more direct route was investigated by Transport for London in 2009 but rejected as it would have required a reduction in frequency.
- Hounslow Bus Station
- Hounslow Station
- Whitton Admiral Nelson
- Twickenham Rugby Stadium
- Twickenham Station
- Fulwell Bus Garage
- Teddington High Street
- Hampton Wick Station
- Kingston Bridge
- Kingston Station
- Kingston Cromwell Road Bus Station
- Kingston University Penrhyn Road Campus
- Surbiton Station
- Tolworth Ewell Road
- Bradley, David. "London Trolleybus Replacement Program 1959 - 1962". Retrieved 8 February 2011.
- Route 281 busesatwork.co.uk
- "Mayor announces 100th night bus service in London". tfl.gov.uk. 30 May 2006. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
- "No changes in latest London bus tenders". Transport Xtra. 9 January 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
- "London Mayor's transport advisor Kulveer Ranger answers your questions". This is Local London. 22 November 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
- "Bomb hoaxer called police after 7/7 attacks". This is Local London. 23 July 2005. Retrieved 8 February 2011.