London Buses route 253

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Operator Arriva London
Garage Stamford Hill (SF)
Night-time Night bus N253
Start Hackney Central
Via Clapton Pond
Stamford Hill
Finsbury Park
Camden Town
Mornington Crescent
End Euston bus station
Length 9 miles (14 km)
Level Daily

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]

On 21 November 1987, it was converted to one man operation with Leyland Titans and MCW Metrobuses. On 11 May 1991, it was withdrawn south of Mornington Crescent station, before being extended to Euston bus station on 5 September 1992.

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]

For many years, route 253 operated as two separate but overlapping routes, one from Euston bus station to Hackney Central station, and the other from Aldgate station to Holloway Nag's Head. The latter service was split to form route 254 on 31 May 2003.[3]

In November 2009, route 253 was retained by incumbent operator Arriva London.[4] Upon being re-tendered, the route was retained by Arriva London with a new contract commencing on 6 June 2015.[5]

Current route[edit]

Route 253 operates via these primary locations:[6]

In popular culture[edit]

The 2011 Professor Green song "Upper Clapton Dance", from the album At Your Inconvenience references the route.

The 2009 Just Jack song "253", from the album All Night Cinema, is named after the route.[7]


  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. ^ Route 253,
  4. ^ No change in latest London bus tender results Transport Xtra 29 October 2009
  5. ^ Tender News Bus Talk issue 31 December 2014 (Go-Ahead London)
  6. ^ Route 253 Map Transport for London
  7. ^ Album review: Just Jack The Scotsman

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