London Buses route 29

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29
Camden Road railway station MMB 05.jpg
Overview
Operator Arriva London
Night-time Night Bus N29
Route
Start Wood Green
Via Finsbury Park
Holloway
Camden Town
End Trafalgar Square
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London Buses route 29 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Wood Green and Trafalgar Square, it is operated by Arriva London.

History[edit]

The route continued to operate between Victoria and Enfield Town for the next 14 years, being served by a fleet of AEC Routemasters operating out of Palmers Green garage.[1]

In 1988, the route was converted to single person double deck operation. A proposal by Capital Citybus to operate the route with tri-axle double deck buses in 1991 was rejected by London Regional Transport, then in charge of tendering the route, and it was retained by incumbent operator Leaside Buses.[2]

On 14 January 2006, Mercedes-Benz O530G articulated buses were introduced.[3] It was reported that operation of the route by articulated vehicles cost around £1.6 million more per year than double-deck operation.[4]

In April 2006, the route's stop in Tottenham Court Road was relocated and a bus lane extended to provide more space for passengers and vehicles.[5]

On 5 and 6 February 2014, nine AEC Routemasters were used on the route during a London Underground strike.[6]

Route[edit]

Night bus route N29 follows the same route as the 29, but is extended to and from Wood Green and Enfield Town.[7]

Today[edit]

The route is noted for its high crime rate, and in January 2008 was London's third most dangerous bus route, according to figures released by Transport for London.[8] In February 2010 police presence on the route was increased.[7] This followed a similar increase in early 2005 which had focussed on antisocial behaviour and illegal parking along the route.[9][10]

In 2015/16 it was the third busiest route in London with 15.5 million passengers.[11]

Current route[edit]

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