London Buses route 29

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29
Camden Road railway station MMB 05.jpg
Overview
Operator Arriva London
Garage Wood Green (WN)
Vehicle Volvo B5LH 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2
Peak vehicle requirement 42
Night-time Night Bus N29
Route
Start Wood Green
Via Finsbury Park
Holloway
Camden Town
End Trafalgar Square
Length 7 miles (11 km)
Service
Level Daily
Frequency 5-6 minutes
Journey time 33-60 minutes
Operates 05:30 until 00:30
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London Buses route 29 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Wood Green and Trafalgar Square, it is operated by Arriva London.

History[edit]

Today's route 29 traces its history back to a daily route between Victoria and Wood Green via Whitehall, Charing Cross Road, Camden Town, Seven Sisters Road and Green Lanes, Harringay, which began operation on 20 November 1911.

By 1949, the route had been extended northwards to serve South Mimms, travelling on from Wood Green via Palmers Green, Southgate, Cockfosters, Hadley Wood and Potters Bar.[1] At peak hours on weekdays the route extended further to Borehamwood.[1] This was changed in 1951 so the route terminated at the Elstree Way Hotel instead of Borehamwood.[1] Additional journeys on Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends were introduced in 1953, serving Clare Hall Hospital. Three years later, the service was withdrawn from Potters Bar and South Mimms, only to be reinstated after a hiatus of just three months.[1]

The route was changed again in 1968, with the Monday to Saturday service from Southgate northwards being replaced by new route 298. Route 29 did, however, continue north from Southgate to Cockfosters station at peak hours on weekdays. The Sunday service between Southgate and South Mimms was replaced two years later by new route 299. Late journeys on Monday to Saturday were also changed to terminate at The Triangle in Palmers Green at this time.[1]

In 1977, the Southgate portion of the route was withdrawn completely, with the route instead continuing northwards from Palmers Green through Winchmore Hill to Enfield Town.[1] The route continued to operate between Victoria and Enfield Town for the next 14 years, being served by a fleet of AEC Routemasters operating out of Palmers Green garage.[2]

In 1988, the route was converted to single person double deck operation. A proposal by Capital Citybus to operate the route with tri-axle double deck buses in 1991 was rejected by London Regional Transport, then in charge of tendering the route, and it was retained by incumbent operator Leaside Buses.[3] In 2002 the route was converted again to low floor operation.

The route was extended in 1990 for early mornings on Monday to Saturday, serving Enfield Garage, complementing route 107.[1] Further alterations were made to the route over the next two years. In 1991 the Victoria to Trafalgar Square section of the route was withdrawn, and in 1992 the Palmers Green to Enfield section was withdrawn, leaving the route operating between Trafalgar Square and Palmers Green. A new route 329 was introduced to link Palmers Green, Winchmore Hill and Enfield.[1]

Route 29 was further shortened in 2006 when the service was withdrawn between Wood Green and Palmers Green, with route 141 being extended from Wood Green to terminate at Palmers Green to compensate.[1] On 14 January 2006, Mercedes-Benz O530G articulated buses were introduced.[4] It was reported that operation of the route by articulated vehicles cost around £1.6 million more per year than double-deck operation.[5]

In April 2006, the route's stop in Tottenham Court Road was relocated and a bus lane extended to provide more space for passengers and vehicles.[6]

On 26 November 2011, route 29 was converted back to double deck operation using new Wright Gemini 2 bodied VDL DB300s and Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs.[7]

In July 2013, brand new Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B5LHs were introduced.[8] On 5 and 6 February 2014, nine AEC Routemasters were used on the route during a London Underground strike.[9]

Route[edit]

Night bus route N29 follows a same route as the 29, but is extended to and from Palmers Green and Enfield Town.[10]

Today[edit]

The route is noted for its high crime rate, and in January 2008 was London's third most dangerous bus route, according to figures released by Transport for London.[11] In February 2010 police presence on the route was increased.[10] This followed a similar increase in early 2005 which had focussed on antisocial behaviour and illegal parking along the route.[12][13]

Current route[edit]

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