London Buses route 277

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Operator Stagecoach London
Start Crossharbour
Via Canary Wharf
Mile End
Hackney Central
Dalston Junction
End Highbury Corner

London Buses route 277 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Crossharbour and Highbury Corner, it is operated by Stagecoach London.


Route 277 started in April 1959 to replace the Trolleybus route 677 from Smithfield to Cubitt Town.[1] In October 1961 the Sunday service was extended from Cubitt Town to Poplar replacing the withdrawn route 56.[2] In 1964 Saturday journeys were also extended, and this was followed in 1969 by a weekday extension.[3][4]

In 1971 route 277 saw the withdrawal on Sunday services between Angel and Smithfield but continued a normal service to the Blackwall Tunnel.[5][6] The 277 saw the withdrawal of services to Poplar and restricted to Cubitt Town, Queen Hotel in 1974, which was put back to normal in 1976 after Route 277A which took over that part of the line was withdrawn.[7][8]

The 1990s saw the most significant change to the route where the route was diverted at Canonbury (Mildmay Park) via St Pauls Road to Highbury & Islington Station; the Smithfield section was replaced by bus route 56.[9] 1991 saw the extension on weekdays and Saturdays to Canary Wharf.[10] 1993 saw the withdrawal of the section between Canary Wharf and Poplar. In 1994 the route was extended to Leamouth on weekdays and Saturdays and saw the extension to Leamouth on Sundays along with the N277 being introduced that covered the entire route.[9] The 'N' prefix has since been dropped.[11]

In February 2009, drivers on the route were criticised by local residents for causing unnecessarily high noise and air pollution at the Highbury Corner terminus.[12][13]

Stagecoach London commenced a new contract in February 2010.[14] In March 2016, Transport for London proposed the removal of seven bus stops from the route,[15] which drew criticism from London TravelWatch.[16][17]

Cultural significance[edit]

The route is notable for passing through areas of London with strong cultural importance. A feature in Time Out magazine in March 2009 highlighted notable points along the route as the Vortex Jazz Club and Café Oto in Dalston, the Hackney Empire theatre, Broadway Market in London Fields and One Canada Square in Canary Wharf.[18]

Current route[edit]

Route 277 operates via these primary locations:[19]


  1. ^ May 1961 Red Book. London Transport. 1961. 
  2. ^ September 1968 allocation book. London Transport. 
  3. ^ "Disused Stations: Coborn Road for Old Ford Station". Retrieved 2017-06-13. 
  4. ^ Gryfe, Alan. "London Transport Central Area Routes 277–279". Retrieved 2017-06-13. 
  5. ^ 1970 - Devolution of Country Buses London Bus Map. London Transport. 
  6. ^ London Docklands: Strategic Plan. Docklands Joint Committee. 
  7. ^ Wharmby, Matthew. The London DMS Bus. p. 71. 
  8. ^ Blake, Jim. British Buses 1967. 
  9. ^ a b March 1998 London Transport Leaflet. 1998. 
  10. ^ Capital Citibus 277 blinded for Canary Wharf. (Image). 
  11. ^
  12. ^ Selfish bus drivers bring fumes misery Islington Tribune 20 February 2009
  13. ^ Selfish bus drivers bring fumes misery Islington Tribune 20 February 2009
  14. ^ Bus tender results Route 277/N277 Transport for London 6 August 2009
  15. ^ Inge, Sophie. "Anger over proposal to axe Highbury Corner 277 bus service". Islington Gazette. Retrieved 2017-06-13. 
  16. ^ Seabrook, Victoria (2016-03-14). "Part of 277 bus route faces axe amid scheme to revamp Highbury Corner". Hackney Citizen. Retrieved 2017-06-13. 
  17. ^ Bishop, Rachel (2016-02-22). "Have your say on the changes to Tower Hamlets bus routes". thewharf. Retrieved 2017-06-13. 
  18. ^ Bus Route 277: Highbury to Canary Wharf - Time Out London
  19. ^ Route 277 Map Transport for London

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