London Buses route 23

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23
Tower Transit route 23.jpg
Overview
Operator Tower Transit
Garage Westbourne Park (X) [1]
Vehicle Alexander Dennis Enviro400H 10.2m
Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.2m [2]
Peak vehicle requirement 31 [3]
Night-time 24-hour service [4]
Route
Start Westbourne Park station
Via Ladbroke Grove
Paddington
Oxford Circus
Aldwych
End Liverpool Street bus station

London Buses route 23 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Westbourne Park station and Liverpool Street bus station, it is operated by Tower Transit (London).

History[edit]

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.[5] The off-peak service already operated at this frequency.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8]

First London had successfully retained route 23 with a new contract starting on 13 November 2010 and was included in the sale of First London's Westbourne Park garage to Tower Transit on 22 June 2013.[9][10][11][12]

Tower Transit has successfully retained route 23 with a new contract starting on 14 November 2015.[13]

In popular culture[edit]

Radio presenter Geoff Lloyd featured the route in the show Boring? The number 23 bus? Never! at the Boring Conference in December 2010.[14]

Current route[edit]

Route 23 operates via these primary locations:[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carr, Ken. The London Bus Guide. Visions International Entertainment. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0. 
  2. ^ Carr, Ken. The London Bus Guide. Visions International Entertainment. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0. 
  3. ^ Carr, Ken. The London Bus Guide. Visions International Entertainment. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0. 
  4. ^ Carr, Ken. The London Bus Guide. Visions International Entertainment. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0. 
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ Aldridge, John (April 2009). "Yet more buses on Sundays and peaks". Buses. Ian Allan Publishing (649): 22. 
  7. ^ Knapton, Sarah (5 January 2009). "Ten injured as bus hits antique shop in London suburb". Daily Telegraph. 
  8. ^ "Route 23". Transport for London. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  9. ^ 2010 Bus Tender Result Transport For London
  10. ^ FirstGroup Announces Sale of Eight London Bus Depots FirstGroup 9 April 2013
  11. ^ Aberdeen firm FirstGroup sells off depots for £80m BBC News 9 April 2013
  12. ^ Date set for Aussie takeover of London bus routes Australasian Bus & Coach 14 June 2013
  13. ^ 2015 Bus Tender Result
  14. ^ Mesure, Susie (12 December 2010). "Boring? The number 23 bus? Never!". The Independent. 
  15. ^ Route 23 Map Transport for London

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