London Buses route 88

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Operator London General
Garage Stockwell (SW)
Vehicle Alexander Dennis Enviro400H 10.2m
Peak vehicle requirement 22
Night-time 24-hour service
Start Camden Town
Via Warren Street
Great Portland Street
Oxford Circus
Piccadilly Circus
Trafalgar Square
Parliament Square
End Clapham Common
Length 7 miles (11 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 7-12 minutes
Journey time 39-67 minutes
Operates 24-hour service

London Buses route 88 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Camden Town and Clapham Common, it is operated by London General. The route used to be known as "the Clapham Omnibus" when it was run by London General with single-decker buses.[1][2][3]


Route 88 was the first "Metropolitan" route to receive AEC NS-Type buses, running between Acton Green and Mitcham.[4] Route 88 ran from Acton Green to Mitcham (Mon-Fri)/St Helier (Mon-Fri peaks/Sat)/Belmont (Sundays) in 1950. It was extended further to Banstead Hospital (Sundays pm journeys) in 1961, It was withdrawn from Belmont in 1974 and extended Sunday journeys to Merton garage in 1981.

Route 88 was rerouted to Turnham Green in 1988. It was withdrawn between Turnham Green and Marble Arch in 1990 and replaced by new route 94. It was withdrawn between Clapham Common and Mitcham in late 1990 and Oxford Circus and Marble Arch in 1992.

Between 1993 and 1997, Volvos were used to run the route. For some time, the route was the only one to use the buses.[5]

Because of a lack of stand space at Oxford Circus, the route was extended to Camden Town after the withdrawn of route 135 in 2000.

In May 2009, Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs were introduced.

Upon being re-tendered, on 11 December 2010 route 88 was retained by London General with existing Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs and new Alexander Dennis Enviro400s.[6] In June 2013, new Alexander Dennis Enviro400Hs were introduced.

Current route[edit]

Route 88 operates via these primary locations:[7]


  1. ^ Time out London guide. Penguin Books. 1995. p. 103. The 88 bus, recently and rather self-consciously styled "The Clapham Omnibus", starts its pleasantly circuitous route from here, to points north of the River. 
  2. ^ Rainford, Paul (1993). "Paul Rainford on bus branding". Design (533): 43. The Clapham Omnibus is the shape of things to come. Run by London General (an LT company) on route 88 between Clapham Common and Oxford Circus, this single- decker, Wigan- built Volvo B10B model sports its own jaunty graphics, designed by the Best Impressions consultancy 
  3. ^ Milne, Ian (2004). A Cost Too Far? (PDF). Civitas. p. 24. ISBN 9781903386378. bus seats on the number 88 London bus — the Clapham omnibus — are made in Australia 
  4. ^ Graeme Bruce, J; Curtis, Colin (1977). The London Motor Bus: Its Origins and Development. London Transport. p. 43. ISBN 0853290830. 
  5. ^ Reed, John (2000). London Buses: A Brief History. Capital Transport Publishing. p. 69. ISBN 9781854142337. 
  6. ^ "Route 88/N88 - award announced 14 May 2010". Transport for London. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Route 88 Map Transport for London

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