London Buses route 298
|Garage||South Mimms (SM)|
|Vehicle||Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 10.2m|
|Peak vehicle requirement||5|
|Length||8 miles (13 km)|
|Journey time||29-47 minutes|
|Operates||06:00 until 00:10|
Route 298 commenced operating on 7 September 1968 between Borehamwood and Turnpike Lane station as a replacement for part of route 29 and all of route 29B with AEC Regent III RTs. 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 on 24 January 1970, with the northern section shortened to terminate at Cockfosters station, but the route was extended south via Manor House station to terminate at Finsbury Park station with the route taken over by AEC Routemasters. From 16 June 1973, the southern terminus reverted to Turnpike Lane station, being extended back to Finsbury Park on 14 June 1975, before being curtailed again to Turnpike Lane on 19 March 1977. A Sunday service was also introduced in 1977 from Turnpike Lane, but terminating at Southgate station, replacing another withdrawn section of route 29.
On 27 September 1980, the route was converted to one man operation with Daimler Fleetlines and extended to South Mimms, replacing route 299. This coincided with the extension of route 121 to share the Southgate to Turnpike Lane section of route 298.
On 21 June 1986, route 298 passed to London Country, and to London Country North East in September 1986 following London Country's division into four subsidiaries. Upon being re-tendered, the route passed to Grey-Green.
On 22 February 1988, the route was won by Grey-Green as part of the privatisation of London bus services. On 1 February 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 on 10 March 1997 to run through Potters Bar station and the operator once again changed, this time to Arriva London. Arriva London retained the route when re-tendered with a new contract commencing on 2 February 2002. On the same date, the Potters Bar to South Mimms section was withdrawn (being replaced by the new route 398) and the other end of the route was extended to Arnos Grove station via Waterfall Road. Arriva London commenced a new contract on 3 February 2007.
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.
- Potters Bar Cranbourne Road Industrial Estate
- Potters Bar station
- Cockfosters station
- Southgate station
- New Southgate Betstyle Circus
- Arnos Grove station
- "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.
- Bus tender results Route 298 Transport for London 6 July 2006
- Bus tender results Route 298 Transport for London 23 May 2011
- How other Operators are faring BusTalk (Go-Ahead London) issue 11 August 2011