London Buses route 230

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Operator Arriva London
Garage Tottenham (AR)
Vehicle VDL DB300 10.4m / Wright Gemini 2
Peak vehicle requirement 12
Start Turnpike Lane station
Via Tottenham Hale
Whipps Cross
End Upper Walthamstow
Length 8 miles (13 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 12-15 minutes
Journey time 38-62 minutes
Operates 04:50 until 01:34

London Buses route 230 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Wood Green station and Upper Walthamstow, it is operated by Arriva London.


Route 230 commenced operating on 16 June 1973 as a Monday to Saturday route between Manor House station and Stratford bus station via Tottenham Hale and Leyton, in a scheme that was intended to localise routes "East of the River Lea". It replaced route 241 between Manor House and Leyton, as well as providing a new service from Leyton to Stratford.

From late 1976 until September 1977, there was a shortage of serviceable AEC Routemasters which caused the temporary use of AEC Regent III RTs on the route.

On 19 March 1977, a diversion to serve the centre of Leyton at Baker's Arms was introduced. Buses were re-routed via Lea Bridge Road and Leyton Green. This was the routing originally proposed in 1973, but due to a right turn restriction was not possible at that time.

The route was converted to one-person operation with single-deck vehicles on 31 January 1981, at the same it was revised to operate from Finsbury Park station to Bakers Arm's, where it was re-routed to Whipps Cross. The newly introduced route 158 took over the service between Walthamstow and Stratford. Resources on the route were re-distributed as from 4 September 1982, whereby a small extension to Leytonstone was introduced, which was counterbalanced by the withdrawal of the whole service after 20:00.

On 6 June 1987, the Finsbury Park service was withdrawn, with the route being re-routed at Seven Sisters via West Green Road and Turnpike Lane station to Wood Green. Double-deck vehicles were re-introduced on to the route at the same time. Another re-routing, on 2 July 1988, saw the route diverted to serve Walthamstow Central station instead of Markhouse Road.

On 22 June 1996, the route was re-routed to serve Upper Walthamstow and withdrawn between Whipps Cross and Leytonstone. At the same time, an evening and Sunday service was introduced. On 8 October 1996 it was converted to low floor operation with Dennis Darts. On 16 July 2004, it reverted to double deck operation.

Upon being re-tendered, it was retained by Stagecoach London with a new contract commencing on 24 June 2006.[1] When re-tendered again, it passed to Arriva London's Tottenham garage on 22 June 2013 with new Wright Gemini 2 bodied VDL DB300s introduced.[2]

Current route[edit]

Route 230 operates via these primary locations:[3]

Previous route 230s in London[edit]

The route number 230 had been used twice prior to its current use.

There was also in London:

  • In the 1920s an Independent Route 230, authorised but never operated between Harlesden and Tooting.
  • Between 1962 and 1966 a Harrow Weald <to> Northwick Park Station route 230A.


  1. ^ Bus tender results Route 230 Transport for London 7 October 2005
  2. ^ Tender News BusTalk (Go-Ahead London) issue 18 October 2012
  3. ^ Route 230 Map Transport for London

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