London Buses route 74
|Vehicle||Volvo B5LH 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2
Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2
|Peak vehicle requirement||21|
|Night-time||Night Bus N74|
|End||Baker Street station|
|Length||7 miles (11 km)|
|Journey time||37-71 minutes|
|Operates||05:15 until 01:30|
In 1966 it was extended from Putney Heath to Kingston Vale (Monday to Friday peaks) in 1966 with journeys to Telegraph Inn transferred to route 85. At this time, there was a 74A which terminated at Marylebone and a 74B which terminated in Hammersmith. In 1968, a large-scale experiment on bus supervision was carried out with driver-to-controller radios being introduced on route 74. In 1981 it was rerouted via withdrawn section of route 30 to Roehampton Earl Spencer (Sunday) and Bessborough Road (Monday to Saturday).
In 1982, it was withdrawn between Putney and Roehampton on Sundays. It was withdrawn between West Brompton Empress State Building and Roehampton (Monday to Saturday) on 3 August 1985 and Sunday in February 1985, but was extended back to Roehampton in 1987. In 1991, it was rerouted at Baker Street to King's Cross and the withdrawn section was replaced by new route 274.
It was withdrawn between Baker Street and King's Cross in 1993. On 23 November 2002 it was withdrawn between Putney High Street and Roehampton being replaced by route 430 as part of a reorganisation of routes in preparation for the introduction of the London congestion charge.
Vehicles and garaging
Before it was operated by London General, it was operated from Putney Bridge garage (F), using AEC Regent III RT's. Allocation was transferred to Chelverton Road (AF) and Riverside (R) and RT's were replaced by AEC Routemasters in 1965. Chelverton Road gained the whole allocation and 30-foot Routemaster RMLs replaced RMs in 1967.
Holloway (HT) gained part of the allocation in 1981. MCW Metrobuses replaced the Routemasters in 1987. Chelverton Road (now Putney) (AF) gained the whole allocation in 1991. Northern Counties Palatine bodied Volvo Olympians replaced the Metrobuses in 1998 and Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs were bought to convert the route into low-floor in 2002. 
- Putney High Street
- Putney Bridge tube station
- Charing Cross Hospital
- West Brompton station
- Earl's Court station
- Gloucester Road station
- South Kensington station
- Knightsbridge station
- Hyde Park station
- Marble Arch station
- Baker Street station
- Media related to London Buses route 74 at Wikimedia Commons
- London Bus Routes route 74 gallery
- London Bus Routes route 74B gallery