London Buses route 2

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London Bus route 2.jpg
Arriva London Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TL in September 2007
Overview
Operator Arriva London
Garage Norwood (N)
Vehicle Volvo B7TL 10.6m / Alexander ALX400
Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.1m [1][2]
Peak vehicle requirement 24 [3]
Night-time Night Bus N2
Route
Start Norwood garage
Via Brixton
Victoria
Marble Arch
End Marylebone station

London Buses route 2 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Norwood garage and Marylebone station, it is operated by Arriva London.

History[edit]

Route 2 was the last West End bus route that was operated by step-entrance buses other than AEC Routemasters. Ironically, it was also the first London bus route to use the Routemaster.[4]

In the 1950s, the route was run using AEC Regent IIIs.[5] On 8 February 1956, the first prototype AEC Routemaster ran on route 2 between Golders Green and Crystal Palace and after undergoing modifications the following year, it passed to route 260.[6][7] On 29 January 1994 route 2 was converted to one man operation with the AEC Routemasters replaced by Leyland Olympians and MCW Metrobuses.[8]

In 2003, brand new Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TLs were introduced. Conversion to the type took place a few months before the contract was renewed. It is operated out of Norwood garage with a peak vehicle requirement of 24 buses.[9]

In 2015, the route received a part allocation of Enviro 400's from route 341. Some of its longer 10.6 metre Volvo B7TL's transferred to Edmonton Garage for use on route 123.[10]

Current route[edit]

Route 2 operates via these primary locations:[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ken Carr (2015). The London Bus Guide. Visions International. 
  2. ^ David Maxey (2016). Red all Over- The London Bus Review of 2015. Visions International. 
  3. ^ Ken Carr (2015). The London Bus Guide. Visions International. 
  4. ^ Marshall, Prince (1972). Wheels of London. The Sunday Times Magazine ISBN 0-7230-0068-9. 
  5. ^ Reed, John (2000). London Buses: A Brief History. Capital Transport Publishing. p. 54. ISBN 9781854142337. 
  6. ^ Graeme Bruce, J; Curtis, Colin (1977). The London Motor Bus: Its Origins and Development. London Transport. p. 99. ISBN 0853290830. 
  7. ^ Reed, John (2000). London Buses: A Brief History. Capital Transport Publishing. p. 55. ISBN 9781854142337. 
  8. ^ Blacker, Ken (2007). Routemaster: 1970–2005. 2 (2nd ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. p. 121. ISBN 978-1-85414-303-7. 
  9. ^ Carr, Ken (May 2015). The London Bus Guide (5 ed.). Boreham: Visions International Entertainment. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0. 
  10. ^ Maxey, David (2016). Red All Over- The London Bus Review of 2015. Visions International. 
  11. ^ Route 2 Map Transport for London

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