London Buses route 205

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Operator Stagecoach London
Garage Bow (BW)
Vehicle Alexander Dennis Enviro400H 10.2m
Peak vehicle requirement 26
Night-time Night Bus N205
Start Paddington
Via Marylebone
Euston bus station
Liverpool Street station
Mile End
End Bow Church
Length 9 miles (14 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 7-12 minutes
Journey time 49-87 minutes
Operates 04:56 until 01:28

London Buses route 205 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Paddington and Bow Church, it is operated by Stagecoach London. This bus has operated at Bow Bus Garage, upon its expansion from Mile End to Bow Church.


Route 205 commenced operating on 31 August 2002, replacing the former SL1 (StationLink 1) service, which had begun as an accessible route called Carelink for those with disabilities operated by National Bus Company owned Beeline. This route was withdrawn in 1988, and it became a London Transport contracted route. It was initially operated by London General, but in 1992 the contract was won by Thorpes.[1][2] For a short period the route continued to be branded as Stationlink.[3]

Route 205 was introduced as part improvements in preparation for the introduction of London congestion charge in February 2003. It connects Paddington, Marylebone, Euston, King's Cross and Liverpool Street termini stations, as well as many London Underground stations following the northern part of the Circle line. A route 705, linking stations on the southern section of the Circle Line, was also created but later withdrawn. The contract to operate the new route was won by Metroline.[4]

It was extended from Whitechapel to Mile End tube station on 16 June 2007, and was converted into 24-hour service at the same time.[5] Seven new Scania N230UDs arrived in summer 2007 to increase the frequency of the route.[4]

Upon being re-tendered, on 29 August 2009 the route passed to East London Bus Company. At the same time the route was extended further east, from Mile End to Bow Church. The contract required 25 new buses.[4]

On 31 August 2013, the night service on this 24 hour route was withdrawn and replaced by night bus route N205,[6] the existing night-time services on the 205 was simply re-numbered as N205 and extended to Leyton, Drapers Field via Stratford.

Upon being re-tendered the route was retained by Stagecoach London with a new contract to commence on 30 August 2014 with new Alexander Dennis Enviro400Hs.[7][8]

Current route[edit]

Route 205 operates via these primary locations:[9]


  1. ^ McLachlan, Tom (1995). London Buses 1985-1995: Managing The Change. Venture Publications. p. 106. ISBN 1-898432-74-0. 
  2. ^ Brown, Stewart J (September 1993). Buses in Britain. Capital Transport. p. 159. ISBN 1-85414-158-9. 
  3. ^ London transport - London - TFA - Tourism For All
  4. ^ a b c Aldridge, John (January 2009). "East London sweeps the board with latest contract awards". Buses (Ian Allan Publishing) (646): 22. 
  5. ^ Passengers to benefit from a bus route extension to Mile End Station | Transport for London
  6. ^
  7. ^ Major Routes Retained & First New Bus for London Stagecoach
  8. ^ Tender News BusTalk (Go-Ahead London) issue 26 February 2014
  9. ^ Route 205 Map Transport for London

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