London Buses route 243
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|Vehicle||VDL DB300 10.4m / Wright Gemini 2|
|Peak vehicle requirement||28|
|Length||10 miles (16 km)|
|Journey time||45-91 minutes|
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. 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.
Route 243 operates via these primary locations:
- Wood Green station Lordship Lane
- Bruce Grove station
- Tottenham Swan
- Seven Sisters station
- South Tottenham station
- Stamford Hill
- Stoke Newington station
- Dalston Kingsland station
- Dalston Junction station
- Haggerston station
- Hoxton station
- Old Street station
- St Luke's
- Holborn station
- Waterloo Bridge
- South Bank
- Waterloo station Mepham Street
- Media related to London Buses route 243 at Wikimedia Commons
- London Bus Routes Route 243 gallery
- London Bus Routes Route 243A gallery