London Buses route 9 (Heritage)

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First London Routemaster bus RM1562 (562 CLT), heritage route 9, Kensington High Street, 27 August 2011 (1).jpg
Routemaster on route 9H
Operator Tower Transit
Garage Westbourne Park (X)
Vehicle AEC Routemaster
Peak vehicle requirement 5
Night-time Night Bus N9
Start Kensington
Via Hyde Park Corner
End Trafalgar Square
Length 3 miles (5km)
Level Daily
Frequency About every 20 minutes
Journey time 25–29 minutes
Operates 09:30 until 19:00

London Buses route 9 (Heritage) is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, United Kingdom. The service is currently contracted to Tower Transit.[1]


To counter unfavourable media coverage of the withdrawal of London's classic Routemaster fleet, Mayor of London Ken Livingstone promised to introduce a "heritage" Routemaster operation. After hopes that this would be operated commercially[citation needed], it eventually materialised as tendered short workings on two existing routes, one of which is the 9. This approach ensured that passengers in wheelchairs or with other mobility problems would have alternatives to the Routemaster buses.[2]

The contracts for the routes were announced in September 2005[3] and routes began operation on 14 November 2005—not the usual Saturday start date, so as to keep clear of the Remembrance Sunday parades.

On 13 November 2010, route 9H was extended from the Royal Albert Hall to Kensington High Street and curtailed to Trafalgar Square (instead of running from Aldwych).[4] The extension was at the urging of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, which wanted to boost the number of visitors to the High Street.[5]

On 22 June 2013, the operation of route 9H was transferred to Tower Transit. [6] On 23 January 2014, a consultation was opened regarding the proposed withdrawal of 9H.[7]

Current route[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bus tender results". Transport for London. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Heritage routes for Routemaster". BBC. 9 September 2005. Retrieved 4 July 2007. 
  3. ^ "Heritage route contracts awarded". Transport for London. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
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  5. ^ "All aboard as Routemaster returns to Kensington High Street". Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
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  7. ^ "Bus service proposal: route 9". TfL. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 

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