London Buses route 243

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Arriva VLW189 on 243.JPG
Operator Arriva London
Garage Tottenham (AR)
Vehicle VDL DB300 10.4m / Wright Gemini 2
Peak vehicle requirement 28
Night-time 24-hour service
Start Wood Green
Via Tottenham
Stamford Hill
End Waterloo station
Length 10 miles (16 km)
Level 24-hour service
Frequency 6-12 minutes
Journey time 45-91 minutes
Operates 24-hour service

London Buses route 243 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Wood Green and Waterloo station, it is operated by Arriva London.


Route 243 commenced operating on 19 July 1961 between Wood Green and Holborn Circus as a replacement for trolleybus routes 543 and 643 with AEC Routemasters. Route 243 only ran Monday–Saturday, with route 243A provided the Sunday service.

On 3 August 1985, the route was converted to one man operation with MCW Metrobuses.

On 19 August 2000, route 243 was diverted at Theobald's Road to Waterloo station to replace Red Arrow route 505. Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs and Alexander ALX400 bodied DAF DB250LFs were bought to convert the route to low-floor. A Sunday service was introduced between Wood Green and Old Street to replace route 243A, this was extended to Waterloo on 9 November 2002.

On 3 September 2005, route 243 became a 24-hour service.

Upon being re-tendered, the route was retained Arriva London with a new contract commencing in August 2005.[1] Arriva London successfully tendered to retain the route with a new contract commencing on 21 August 2010 with new Wright Gemini 2 bodied VDL DB300s introduced.[2]

Current route[edit]

Route 243 operates via these primary locations:[3]


  1. ^ Bus tender results Route 243/N243 Transport for London 20 December 2004
  2. ^ Bus tender results Route 243/N243 Transport for London 26 November 2009
  3. ^ Route 243 Map Transport for London

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