London Buses route 279

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London Buses route 279 Enfield.jpg
Operator Arriva London
Garage Enfield (E)
Vehicle Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.2m
Peak vehicle requirement 32
Night-time Night bus N279
Start Waltham Cross
Via Ponders End
Seven Sisters
End Manor House station
Length 9 miles (14 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 6-10 minutes
Journey time 38-73 minutes
Operates 04:44 until 23:58

London Buses route 279 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London and Hertfordshire, England. Running between Waltham Cross and Manor House station, it is operated by Arriva London.


Route 279 commenced operating on 26 April 1961 between Cheshunt and Smithfield via Waltham Cross, Ponders End, Edmonton, Tottenham, Manor House, Holloway and Islington as a replacement for trolleybus route 679 with AEC Routemasters.

On 28 October 1978, it was withdrawn between Cheshunt and Waltham Cross, being replaced by route 283. This was reintroduced on 27 September 1980, before being withdrawn again on 3 August 1985 and replaced by route 259.

On 26 February 1987, route 279 was converted to one man operation with MCW Metrobuses and extended from Waltham Cross to Upshire at nights.

From 1 February 1992, the Holloway and Smithfield section was withdrawn, with route 153 taking over. On 27 April 1996 the Waltham Cross to Upshire section ceased operating.

Upon being re-tendered, route 279 was retained by Arriva London with a new contract commencing on 16 October 1999. Arriva London retained when next tendered with a new contract commencing on 16 October 2004.[1] On the same date it was withdrawn between Manor House and Holloway. Arriva London commenced a further contract on 15 October 2011 with new Alexander Dennis Enviro400s introduced.[2]

Current route[edit]

Route 279 operates via these primary locations:[3]


  1. ^ Bus tender results Route 279/N279 Transport for London 24 March 2004
  2. ^ Bus tender results Route 279/N279 Transport for London 4 March 2011
  3. ^ Route 274 Map Transport for London

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