London Buses route 49

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London United SP111 on Route 49, Kensington.jpg
Operator Abellio London
Garage Battersea QB
Vehicle Alexander Dennis Enviro400H
Peak vehicle requirement 20
Night-time No night service
Start White City bus station
Via Shepherd's Bush
South Kensington
End Clapham Junction
Length 6 miles (9.7 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 7-12 minutes
Journey time 29-63 minutes
Operates 05:00 until 01:09

London Buses route 49 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between White City bus station and Clapham Junction, it is operated by Abellio London.


Route 49 is a long standing route, once operatng as far as Crystal Palace. On 26 November 1958, it was extended from Shepherd's Bush to Willesden Junction on Sundays, to replace route 12. By 15 May 1971 the route was withdrawn between Crystal Palace and Streatham garage, and replaced by route route 249.

On 28 October 1978, the Sunday extension to Willesden Junction was withdrawn, and replaced by the re-extension of route 12. The route was extended back to Crystal Palace on 17 June 1989, as route 249 that had replaced it 18 years previously was withdrawn. This only lasted until 25 May 1991 when route 249 was reintroduced, and route 49 was withdrawn between Clapham Junction and Crystal Palace.

In May 1999, Armchair Passenger Transport began operating the route on a short-term contract from Brentford garage after London General lost the route, until new buses were ready for London United.

On 30 October 1999, London United commenced operating the route from Shepherd's Bush garage with Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs. Between 2002 and 2004, the route was operated from Stamford Brook garage. Upon return to Shepherd's Bush, the route was converted back to double-decker buses.

On 29 November 2008, the route was extended from Shepherd's Bush Green to White City bus station to coincide with the opening of Westfield London.[1]

Upon being re-tendered, the route was awarded to Abellio London's Battersea garage with the transfer to occur on 6 September 2014.[2][3]

Current route[edit]


  1. ^ New White City bus station will cater for 10,000 passengers a day Transport for London 25 November 2008
  2. ^ Bus tender results Route 49 Transport for London 21 November 2013
  3. ^ Tender News BusTalk (Go-Ahead London) issue 26 February 2014

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