London Buses route 230
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|Vehicle||VDL DB300 10.4m / Wright Gemini 2|
|Peak vehicle requirement||12|
|Start||Turnpike Lane station|
|Length||8 miles (13 km)|
|Journey time||38-62 minutes|
|Operates||04:50 until 01:34|
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.
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On 6 June 1987, the Finsbury Park service was withdrawn, with the route being re-routed at Seven Sisters via West Green Road and Turnpike Lane station to Wood Green.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On 22 June 1996, the route was re-routed to serve Upper Walthamstow and withdrawn between Whipps Cross and Leytonstone.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. 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.
Route 230 operates via these primary locations:
- Turnpike Lane station
- Green Lanes
- Tottenham High Road
- Tottenham Hale station
- Blackhorse Road station
- Blackhorse Road
- St James Street Station
- Walthamstow Central station
- Baker's Arms
- Whipps Cross Roundabout
- Wood Street station
- Upper Walthamstow Bisterne Avenue
Previous route 230s in London
The route number 230 had been used twice prior to its current use.
- In 1925 - 1926 for a Wimbledon Common <to> South Hackney (Queens Head) Independent Sunday only route 230 operated by the Lea Rig.
- In 1933 - 1969 for a Rayners Lane*, North Harrow*, <to> Northwick Park Station route 230. *Termini varied. This was one of the few Central Area routes operated by RLH low height buses, on account of the low railway bridge at Wealdstone.
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.