London Buses route 23
|Garage||Westbourne Park (X)|
|Vehicle||Alexander Dennis Enviro400H 10.2m
Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.2m
|Peak vehicle requirement||31|
|Start||Westbourne Park station|
|End||Liverpool Street bus station|
|Length||8 miles (13 km)|
|Journey time||46-95 minutes|
In January 2009, the route's peak frequency was reduced from twelve buses per hour to ten, as part of Transport for London's policy of reducing the number of buses using Oxford Street in order to reduce congestion and pollution by 10% in 2009 and a further 10% in 2010. The off-peak service already operated at this frequency. On 5 January 2009, a bus operating on the route crashed into a shop in Westbourne Grove after swerving to avoid a van, injuring ten people.
Later in 2009, Transport for London decided not to proceed with a possible change of the eastbound route in the Elgin Crescent area, following a consultation with residents and local interest groups. The proposal would have routed the eastbound 23 along Ladbroke Gardens instead of Elgin Crescent, while routes 52 and 452 would continue to run along Elgin Crescent in both directions. The most common benefit stated amongst supporters was fewer buses along the overcrowded Elgin Crescent; those opposing the change were concerned about safety at the junction of Ladbroke Grove and Ladbroke Gardens, and the suitability of Ladbroke Gardens to accommodate a bus service.
In May 2008, new new Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s were introduced.
Upon being re-tendered in 2010, the route was retained by First London from 13 November 2010.
In popular culture
According to Google Maps this service runs between Charing Cross (Trafalgar Square) and Paddington Station in less than one minute, making it one of the fastest bus services in the world.
Route 23 operates via these primary locations:
- Westbourne Park station
- Ladbroke Grove Sainsbury's
- Ladbroke Grove station
- Paddington station
- Marble Arch station
- Oxford Circus station
- Regent Street
- Piccadilly Circus station
- Charing Cross station
- City Thameslink station
- St Paul's Cathedral
- Mansion House station
- Bank station
- Liverpool Street bus station for Liverpool Street station
- "Streets ahead: Relieving congestion on Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street" (PDF). London Assembly Transport Committee. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-09. See Appendix 1.
- Aldridge, John (April 2009). "Yet more buses on Sundays and peaks". Buses (Ian Allan Publishing) (649): 22.
- Knapton, Sarah (5 January 2009). "Ten injured as bus hits antique shop in London suburb". Daily Telegraph.
- "Route 23". Transport for London. Retrieved 2010-05-18.
- FirstGroup Announces Sale of Eight London Bus Depots FirstGroup 9 April 2013
- Aberdeen firm FirstGroup sells off depots for £80m BBC News 9 April 2013
- Date set for Aussie takeover of London bus routes Australasian Bus & Coach 14 June 2013
- Routemasters The R.J. Waterhouse website
- The Future of the Routemaster Icons of England
- "Fleet News". Buses (684). March 2012.
- Mesure, Susie (12 December 2010). "Boring? The number 23 bus? Never!". The Independent.
- Route 23 Map Transport for London