London Buses route 97

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97
LX03 BYG (Route 97) at Chingford.JPG
Overview
Operator Stagecoach London
Garage Leyton (T)
West Ham (WH)
Vehicle Dennis Trident 2 / Alexander ALX400
Route
Start Chingford station
Via Walthamstow
Leyton
End Stratford City bus station
Length 11 miles (18 km)
Service
Level Daily

London Buses route 97 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Chingford station and Stratford City bus station, it is operated by Stagecoach London.

History[edit]

Route 97 commenced operating on 31 October 1981 between Chingford station and Leyton via Chingford Mount, Walthamstow and Baker's Arms replacing part of route 69. It was withdrawn on 6 June 1987, but reintroduced on 19 November 1988.

It was operated by London Forest until 1991, when that company was wound up.[1] The route passed to Capital Citybus on 23 November 1991.[2] Route 97 was included in the July 1998 sale of Capital Citybus to First London.[3][4]

Upon being re-tendered, it was retained by First London with a new contract commencing on 26 February 2000. When next tendered, it passed to Stagecoach London's Leyton garage with a new contract commencing on 5 March 2005.[5] Stagecoach London commenced a further contract on 6 March 2010.[6]

On 10 September 2011, route 97 was extended from Leyton to Stratford City bus station to coincide with the opening of Westfield Stratford City.[7] On 31 August 2013, the route was diverted to serve the new residential precinct around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.[8]

Current route[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McLachlan, Tom (1995). London Buses 1985-1995: Managing The Change. Venture Publications. p. 33. 
  2. ^ Waterhouse, R J (December 1991). "Londoner's Omnibus - Walthamstow latest". Buses 43 (441): 547. 
  3. ^ Tendered Bus Services Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs March 1999
  4. ^ Annual Report Year Ended 31 March 1999 FirstGroup
  5. ^ Bus tender results Transport for London 13 July 2004
  6. ^ Bus tender results Transport for London 14 September 2009
  7. ^ Going to Westfield Stratford City Transport for London 12 September 2011
  8. ^ Have your say on on proposals for bus services to serve the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Transport for London August 2013

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