London Buses route 253

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Arriva route 253.jpg
Operator Arriva London
Night-time Night bus N253
Start Hackney Central
Via Clapton Pond
Stamford Hill
Finsbury Park
Camden Town
Mornington Crescent
End Euston bus station

London Buses route 253 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Hackney Central and Euston bus station, it is operated by Arriva London.


Route 253 commenced operating on 1 February 1961 between Aldgate bus station and Tottenham Court Road via Bethnal Green, Hackney Central, Clapton Pond, Stamford Hill, Manor House, Finsbury Park and Camden Town as a replacement for trolleybus route 653 with AEC Routemasters.[1]

By 1994 the route, now operated by Leaside Buses, was one of the busiest in London, with a peak vehicle requirement of 50 buses operating at a frequency of one bus every two minutes.[2]

In November 2009, route 253 was retained by incumbent operator Arriva London.[3] Upon being re-tendered, the route was retained by Arriva London with a new contract commencing on 6 June 2015.[4]

Current route[edit]

Route 253 operates via these primary locations:[5]

In popular culture[edit]

The 2009 Just Jack song "253", from the album All Night Cinema, is named after the route.[6]


  1. ^ Modern Transport, Volume 91 (1964) - Google Books Result
  2. ^ McLachlan, Tom (1995). London Buses 1985-1995: Managing The Change. Venture Publications. p. 54. ISBN 1-898432-74-0. 
  3. ^ No change in latest London bus tender results Transport Xtra 29 October 2009
  4. ^ Tender News Bus Talk issue 31 December 2014 (Go-Ahead London)
  5. ^ Route 253 Map Transport for London
  6. ^ Album review: Just Jack The Scotsman

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