London Buses route 149

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Operator Arriva London
Garage Tottenham (AR)
Vehicle New Routemaster
Peak vehicle requirement 36
Night-time 24-hour service
Start Edmonton Green Shopping Centre
Via Tottenham
Stamford Hill
Stoke Newington
End London Bridge station
Length 9 miles (14 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 8 minutes
Journey time 40-78 minutes
Operates 24-hour service

London Buses route 149 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Edmonton Green and London Bridge, it is operated by Arriva London.


Route 149 was introduced in 1961 to replace trolleybus route 649[1] between Waltham Cross and Liverpool Street station. In 1968 it was extended on weekdays to Victoria with some peak hour journeys extended from Waltham Cross to Flamstead End via Cheshunt. In 1970 the route was withdrawn north of Ponders End and in 1971 back to Edmonton, although a few peak hour journeys continued to serve Ponders End. Seven years later route 149 was re-extended to Ponders End at all times.[2]

In 1985, it was withdrawn between Waterloo and Victoria, and further cut back to Liverpool Street in 1991 apart from a few early weekday journeys to Mansion House station. In the same year it was extended back to Waterloo during weekday peak hours. In 1998 the route was extended south from Liverpool St station to London Bridge station. The service was converted to a articulated bus operation in 2004 with a fleet of Mercedes-Benz O530G and withdrawn north of Edmonton, with new route 349 taking over.[2]

In 2005, route 149 was subject to intensive bus priority measures along the length of its route.[3] A year later the route was used to test the iBus recorded announcements system to aid visually impaired passengers.[4]

Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL double deck buses were introduced on 16 October 2010 as part of the Mayor of London's policy to withdraw articulated buses from London. The route was transferred to Tottenham garage and the peak vehicle requirement was increased to 36.[5]

Arriva London has successfully retained route 149 with new contracts starting on 16 October 2010 and 17 October 2015.[6][7]

New Routemasters were introduced on 17 October 2015. The rear platform remains closed at all times except for when the bus is at bus stops.[8]


Route 149 suffers from higher levels of crime than most routes in London. In the 2006-07 financial year the route had the sixth highest levels of reported incidents on the network. This was lower than in the previous year, when it was fifth.[9]

In 2007, the route was highlighted as having extremely high levels of pickpocketing by London Assembly member Jeanette Arnold. Ken Livingstone, then Mayor of London, was called upon to increase policing on the route, but stated that pickpocket activity had in fact decreased between 2005 and 2007.[10]

A vehicle on the route was involved in an accident in Tottenham on 15 September 2009 when a double-decker bus on route 243 crashed into it. The driver and four passengers were injured in the accident, as was the driver of the 243, but there were no serious injuries.[11][12]

On 27 February 2010, a bus driver on a late night working of the route was assaulted by a passenger who had failed to alight at the correct stop.[13] Two weeks earlier a driver on the route had been suspended for assaulting a pedestrian near Monument Station.[14]

Current route[edit]


  1. ^ Routemaster Association
  2. ^ a b Alan Gryfe (2010-07-20). "London Transport Central Area Routes 146-149". Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  3. ^ "European Transport Conference: Route 149 - Intensive bus priority measures". 2005-08-01. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  4. ^ "England | London | 'Voice of London' buses announced". BBC News. 2006-05-18. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  5. ^ Press Release Transport for London
  6. ^ 2009 Bus Tender Result Transport For London Bus Tender Result 2009
  7. ^ 2015 Bus Tender Result Transport For London Bus Tender Result 2014
  8. ^ Press Release Transport For London
  9. ^ Crerar, Pippa (2012-04-12). "CCTV, more police but crime on the buses gets worse". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  10. ^ "The London Assembly: Mayor answers to London - 149 bus route". 2007-05-23. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  11. ^ Tottenham, Wood Green and Edmonton Journal | Counting cost of Tottenham High Road bus crash
  12. ^ Ben Smith and Ashling O’Connor October 15, 2010 8:32AM (1967-07-01). "Commuters injured after buses collid". Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  13. ^ "City of London Police - Police appeal after attack on 149 bus driver". 2010-04-19. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  14. ^ Bryant, Miranda (2012-04-13). "Driver suspended after 'stopping bus and beating up pedestrian’". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 

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