London Buses route 298
Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart on route 298
|Garage||South Mimms (SM)|
|Vehicle||Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 10.2m|
|Peak vehicle requirement||5|
|Length||8 miles (13 km)|
|Frequency||About every 20-30 minutes|
|Journey time||29-47 minutes|
|Operates||06:00 until 00:10|
The route was created in September 1968 as a replacement for part of route 29 and all of route 29B. The route ran from Turnpike Lane Station to Cranbourne Road Industrial Estate on weekdays at peak hours, and on to South Mimms on Saturdays. Some journeys were extended to Clare Hall Hospital or Borehamwood. The route ran from Turnpike Lane via Wood Green, Palmers Green, Southgate, Cockfosters and Potters Bar.
The route was altered in 1970, with the northern section shortened to terminate at Cockfosters Station, but the route was extended southwards via Manor House to terminate at Finsbury Park station. Three years later, the southern terminus reverted to Turnpike Lane, in 1975 back to Finsbury Park again, and in 1977 the route once again terminated at Turnpike Lane. A Sunday service was also introduced in 1977 from Turnpike Lane, but terminating at Southgate Station, replacing another withdrawn section of route 29.
Further changes in 1980 saw the route converted to one-person-operation (i.e. no conductor) and the 298 route was once again extended northwards to the Cranbourne Road Industrial Estate in Potters Bar, and some services continuing to South Mimms, replacing the original route 299. This coincided with the extension of route 121 to share the Southgate to Turnpike Lane section of route 298.
The operation of route 298 passed to London Country in 1986, and to London Country North East in September 1986 following London Country's division into four subsidiaries. Two years later, the route was won by Grey-Green as part of the privatisation of London bus services. In 1990 the Turnpike Lane to Southgate section was removed from the route (with route 121 increasing in frequency to compensate) and operation passed to Capital Citybus, running midibuses on the amended route.
The 298 route was diverted in 1997 to run through Potters Bar Station and the operator once again changed, this time to Arriva London. In 2002, the Potters Bar to South Mimms section was withdrawn (being replaced by the new route 398) and the other end of the route was extended to Arnos Grove Station via Waterfall Road.
In 2010, the section between Potters Bar Railway Station and Cranborne Industrial Estate was changed to Mondays to Fridays only and only until around 08.00 on these days.
- Arnos Grove Station
- New Southgate Betstyle Circus
- Southgate Station
- Cockfosters Station
- Potters Bar Station
- Potters Bar Cranbourne Road Industrial Estate
- "London Transport Central Area Routes 290–299". www.eplates.info. Retrieved 2008-06-20.
- "London Transport Central Area Routes 120–129". www.eplates.info. Retrieved 2008-06-20.
- McLachlan, Tom (1995). London Buses 1985-1995: Managing The Change. Venture Publications. p. 94.
- "Route 299". www.londonbusroutes.net. Retrieved 2008-06-20.