London Buses route 10

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London United LT169 on Route 10, Kensington (cropped).jpg
Operator London United
Garage Stamford Brook (V)
Vehicle New Routemaster
Peak vehicle requirement 23
Predecessors Route 73
Night-time 24-hour service
Start Hammersmith bus station
Via Kensington
Hyde Park Corner
Oxford Circus
End King's Cross
Length 7 miles (11 km)
Level 24-hour service
Frequency 7-12 minutes
Journey time 36-74 minutes
Operates 24-hour service

London Buses route 10 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. It runs between Hammersmith bus station and King's Cross, and is operated by London United.


Route 10 commenced on 13 August 1988 to replace route 73 between Hammersmith and Hyde Park Corner following the latter being diverted to Victoria. The initial route was between Hammersmith and King's Cross, and was run by the London United division. In April 1989, an allocation was introduced from the London Northern garage at Holloway. Route 10 was extended to the back of Holloway garage via York Way and Brecknock Road. Initially this section did not run during early mornings, late evenings or Sundays, but a Sunday service was later added. Some journeys were then extended to Archway rather than terminating in Tufnell Park. These were then withdrawn, but were reinstated following the withdrawal of local route C12 in 1998.[1][2]

As part of a restructure of services in the lead up to the introduction of the congestion charging, on 1 February 2003 route 10 was split in two: the route between Archway and Kings Cross, and as far as Marble Arch, was taken over by new route 390, and route 10 shortened to serve only its original route between Hammersmith and King's Cross. Route 390 continued to be operated by Metroline with the AEC Routemasters which had operated route 10, while the new route 10 was operated by First London with Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TLs.[2][3]

Upon being re-tendered, on 30 January 2010 the route passed to Transdev London. Route 10 was converted to 24-hour operation with a half hourly night service being added, replacing route N10 with the section between Hammersmith and Richmond replaced by a night service on the now 24-hour route 33.[4]

On 26 April 2014, crewed operation resumed with the introduction of New Routemasters.[5] including one bus painted in red and silver livery to promote the Year of the Bus.[6][7][8]

Current route[edit]

Route 10 operates via these primary locations:[9]


  1. ^ Route 10
  2. ^ a b Blacker, Ken (2007). Routemaster: 1970–2005 2 (2nd ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. pp. 96, 165. ISBN 978-1-85414-303-7. 
  3. ^ Routes 10 and 390 London Bus Page 1 February 2004
  4. ^ "New night bus services in west London". Transport for London. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Mayor launches the 'Year of the Bus' to celebrate vital part of London's transport network". TfL. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Hoscik, Martin (27 January 2014). "Boris announces "Year of the Bus" celebrations, including 60th anniversary of the Routemaster". MayorWatch. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Lynch, Gerald (27 January 2014). "A Silver Routemaster Will be the Star of London's "Year of the Bus"". Gizmodo. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Route 10 Map Transport for London

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