London Buses route 14

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Operator London General
Garage Putney (AF)[1]
Vehicle Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Wright Eclipse Gemini[1]
Peak vehicle requirement 34[1]
Night-time 24-hour service[1]
Start Putney Heath
Via Fulham Road
South Kensington
Piccadilly Circus
End Warren Street station
Length 7.65 miles (12.31 km)[1]
Level Daily[1]

London Buses route 14 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Putney Heath and Warren Street station, it is operated by London General.


From 1949 route 14 ran from Hornsey Rise to Putney (Monday to Friday) and beyond to Kingston at weekends with a joint allocation between Putney Bridge garage and the original Holloway (Holloway Road) Garage (J) using RT type buses. The route number had previously been used for a service to Putney in the 1920s prior to the formation of the London Passenger Transport Board.[2]

In 1957 the route was used as the basis for a New Scientist magazine study into congestion on London streets. Vehicles on the central section of route between Euston and Hyde Park Corner were found to spend 68% of time in motion, and only 11% loading and unloading passengers.[3]

The late 1980s saw revisions to the Northern end of the route, on 7 February 1987 the main route was cut back to run between Putney Heath Green Man and Euston (or Tottenham Court Road station Monday to Saturday evenings). The Sunday services consisted of a morning extension to Hornsey Rise, and a further extension to Turnpike Lane station, via Crouch End, on Sunday afternoons, with meal relief journeys running to Wood Green Garage. The withdrawn Euston to Hornsey Rise section was replaced by a new route 14A (now route 91). On 26 September the off peak Monday to Friday service was withdrawn between Tottenham Court Road and Euston. The Sunday afternoon service was withdrawn between Crouch End and Turnpike Lane on 26 March 1988.[4]

Upon being re-tendered, London General commenced a new five-year contract from 23 November 2002.[5]

On 23 July 2005, route 14 was converted to one man operation with the AEC Routemasters replaced by Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs.[4][5]

Upon being re-tendered, a new contract was commenced by London General on 14 November 2009.[6]

Current route[edit]

Route 14 operates via these primary locations:[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Carr, Ken. The London Bus Guide. Visions International Entertainment. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0. OCLC 858655249. 
  2. ^ Blacker, Ken C.; Lunn, Ron S.; Westgate, R. G. (1977). London's Buses: The independent era, 1922-1934. H.J. Publications. p. 16. 
  3. ^ The New Scientist - 6 June 1957 - Google Books result
  4. ^ a b Blacker, Ken (2007). Routemaster: 1970–2005. 2 (2nd ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. pp. 90, 173. ISBN 978-1-85414-303-7. 
  5. ^ a b Stewart, David (2006). London’s Last Routemasters. Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. p. 59. ISBN 978-1-85414-295-5. 
  6. ^ Service drive going in the right direction Bus Talk (Go-Ahead London) issue 1 December 2009
  7. ^ Route 14 Map Transport for London

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