London Buses route 257

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East London (Stagecoach) bus 18477 (LX55 ESF) 2005 Dennis Trident 2 Alexander ALX400, Whipps Cross, route 257, 21 May 2011.jpg
Operator London General
Garage Northumberland Park (NP)
Vehicle Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Wright Eclipse Gemini
Peak vehicle requirement 15
Start Stratford bus station
Via Leytonstone
Whipps Cross
End Walthamstow Central station
Length 5 miles (8.0 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 7-12 minutes
Journey time 25-45 minutes
Operates 04:30 until 01:30

London Buses route 257 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Stratford bus station and Walthamstow Central station, it is operated by London General.


Route 257 commenced operating on 19 November 1988 between Stratford and Walthamstow Central station with a daytime extension to Chingford Mount replacing part of route 262. It was operated by Leyland Titans.

Upon being up for tender, the route passed to Capital Citybus on 10 October 1992, with the Chingford Mount extension withdrawn.[1] A batch of newish Dennis Dominators was acquired second-hand from Southampton Citybus for the route, although the enhancement the following year saw them diluted somewhat by a medley of other types. The last couple of years, they were replaced by the more capacious Dennis Arrows, these having been displaced from route D6.[1]

Route 257 was included in the July 1998 sale of Capital Citybus to First London.[2][3]

Upon being re-tendered, it was retained by First London with a new contract commencing in October 2000. Followed a trend that had been fashionable at the time of increasing the frequency by about 30% but converting the route to single deck, although the new Marshall Capital Dennis Darts were not ready for a few months. The Arrows had a nominal capacity of 99 and the Darts 55, which is barely half; the reduction in seating, from 77 to 28, meant that even with the frequency increase, seated capacity was reduced by 52%.[1] Popularity of the service was such that, prior to the conversion, most departures in the peak hours and late afternoon from both Walthamstow and Stratford would be well laden, and huge numbers of passengers were getting left behind once the Darts arrived. Indeed, the conversion was so disastrous that it proved to be the last, and after just 10 months the route reverted to double deck operation, initially achieved by deferring conversion of route 123 to low floor.[1]

When next tendered, route 257 passed to Stagecoach London's Stratford garage, moving to West Ham on 23 February 2008.[4] When tendered again, the route passed to London General's Northumberland Park garage on 13 October 2012.[5][6]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Route 257". Robert Munster. 2006-04-20. Retrieved 2011-09-25. 
  2. ^ Annual Report Year Ended 31 March 1999 FirstGroup
  3. ^ Capital Citybus Thurrock Transport
  4. ^ Bus tender results Route 257 Transport for London 31 January 2005
  5. ^ Bus tender results Route 257 Transport for London 21 December 2011
  6. ^ Routes are a Real Reward BusTalk (Go-Ahead London) issue 14 February 2012

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