London Buses route 343

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London bus route 343, Abellio.jpg
Operator Abellio London
Garage Walworth Road (WL)
Vehicle Volvo B7TL 10.6m / Wright Eclipse Gemini
Peak vehicle requirement 23
Predecessors Route P3
Night-time Night bus N343
Start New Cross Gate
Via Brockley
Elephant & Castle
London Bridge
End City Hall
Length 7 miles (11 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 6-12 minutes
Journey time 37-53 minutes
Operates 05:10 until 00:33

London Buses route 343 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between New Cross Gate and City Hall, it is operated by Abellio London.


Route 343 commenced operating on 3 February 2001 between New Cross garage and London Bridge station via Brockley, Peckham Rye and Elephant & Castle. It was initially operated by London Central's New Cross garage with Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs.

It was not a new route, but a renumbering of flat fare route P3, which had commenced on 24 January 1970 as a circular route from Peckham garage via Peckham Rye and Nunhead, being extended to London Bridge station on 28 April 1984.[citation needed]

On 25 September 2002, it was redirected withdrawn from London Bridge station and rerouted from Borough High Street via Tooley Street, Druid Street, Crucifix Lane and to stand at St Thomas Street for Guy's Hospital.[citation needed]

When re-tendered, the route passed to Travel London's Walworth garage on 21 September 2005 with Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs introduced.[1][2]

Route 343 was included in the May 2009 sale of Travel London to Abellio London.[3][4] Abellio London successfully tendered to retain the route with a new contract commencing on 5 May 2011.[5]

In June 2010, the route was revealed to be amongst the ten worst performing in London.[6] Two additional morning peak journeys were introduced on 12 June 2010 with the intention of solving the problems; performance improved as a result, although the route continued to receive complaints.[7]

A proposal to increase the frequency of the route was announced by Transport for London in November 2010.[8]

Route 343 also has a night service in the form of route N343, which runs parallel to the day route and then continues to Trafalgar Square via route N381, Waterloo and Aldwych.[9]

At 08:22 on 17 March 2012, a route 343 caught fire on Pepys Road, New Cross. The fire was put out by 09:20 and there were no injuries.[10]

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