London Buses route 73

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Arriva bus 73.jpg
Operator Arriva London
Garage Stamford Hill (SF)
Vehicle Volvo B5L 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2
Peak vehicle requirement 53
Night-time Night Bus N73
Start Victoria
Via Oxford Circus
King's Cross
End Stoke Newington
Length 7 miles (10 km)
Level Daily
Frequency About every 3-4 minutes
Journey time 44-78 minutes
Operates 04:45 until 01:00

London Buses route 73 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, United Kingdom. The service is currently contracted to Arriva London.[1] The route is one of the busiest in London,[2] and is a high-frequency route.[3] The bus route passes many tourist attractions such as Marble Arch, British Library, and Clissold Park.[4]


Route 73 began operation on 30 November 1914, and originally ran from Kings Cross, London to Barnes, London, via Euston Road, Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Street, Knightsbridge, Kensington, and Hammersmith. [5]

By 1949 the route ran from Stoke Newington to Richmond. In 1958 the route was extended further west via Twickenham to Hounslow, replacing route 33. This latter route was reinstated in 1966 between Richmond and Hammersmith, and the 73 was curtailed at Hammersmith, running to Richmond on Saturdays and Hounslow on Sundays.

The Sunday service was reduced to Twickenham in 1978, and in 1982 the 73 became a regular daily service between Hammersmith and Stoke Newington only, replaced by the 33 further west. Finally in 1988 the route was diverted at Hyde Park Corner to Victoria Bus Station, and replaced by the 10 west of Hyde Park Corner, assuming its current route from Stoke Newington to Victoria.[6]

In August 1994 the route, at the time operated by Leaside Buses, was used to test satellite monitoring of buses in an effort to reduce bunching.[7] In 1995 and 1996 it won the award for best crew route in London.[citation needed]

From its inception until September 2004 it was operated by two person crews (driver and conductor), most famously using the London Routemaster. Subsequently it was one person operated using articulated single-deck Mercedes-Benz O530G Citaros[8] This change was intended to improve peak capacity and decrease boarding times; however, a Transport for London advertising campaign to this effect was prohibited by the Advertising Standards Agency as the claims were misleading.[9] Fare evasion on the route increased after the introduction of articulated vehicles, leading some passengers to nickname the route 'seventy-free'.[10] The route was used to test the iBus system in 2007.[11]

On 3 September 2011, route 73 was retained by Arriva London, was transferred to Stamford Hill (SF) and was converted back to double deck using Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B5Ls and Wright Gemini 2 bodied VDL DB300s. The route was discontinued between Seven Sisters and Stoke Newington. [12]o

On 29 December 2012, route 73 was converted fully served to hybrid operation using Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B5L double deckers.

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  1. ^ Route 73 Tender Results - Transport for London
  2. ^ On the buses | UK News | the Guardian
  3. ^ "Routes 73/N73". London Bus Routes. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Wittich, John (1997). London Bus-Top Tourist. Sigma Leisure. pp. 109–114. ISBN 9781850584308. 
  5. ^ Motor Omnibus Routes in London, Vol 3: January 1913 - February 1915. London Historical Research Group of the Omnibus Society, 1991.
  6. ^ London Bus Routes By Ian Armstrong - Route 73
  7. ^ Gulf war satellites track the No 73 bus - The Independent
  8. ^ 73 bus stories about the No. 73 London Routemaster bus
  9. ^ BBC News | London | Bendy bus ads complaints upheld
  10. ^ "Final Day Of The Bendy Bus On Route 73". 2 September 2011. 
  11. ^ The London Daily News - One more death on London roads caused by London buses
  12. ^ [1]

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