London Buses route 30

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All Change on the 30 route,Eastway, E9. First London takes over. Early morning bus, 25 June 2011.jpg
GarageKing's Cross (KC)
VehicleVolvo B5LH MCV EvoSeti
StartHackney Wick
Euston Road
Baker Street
EndMarble Arch station

London Buses route 30 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Hackney Wick and Marble Arch station, it is operated by Metroline.


By 1987 the route had been amended to run from Hackney to Earl's Court, taking about 75 minutes to complete the journey, at a frequency of one bus every 14 minutes. Driver-only operation was introduced in January 1987 with double-deckers, and three months later the route was reported to be carrying around 20,000 passengers per day.[1]

In June 2010, the route was revealed to be the sixth worst performing route in London. As a result of this, new bus priority measures were introduced on the route.[2]

Upon being re-tendered in 2010, the route was awarded to First London from 25 June 2011.[3]

On 22 June 2013, route 30 was included in the sale of First London's Lea Interchange garage to Tower Transit.[4][5]

On 23 June 2018, the route passed to Metroline operating from their King's Cross (KC) garage.[6]

In 2021, the service frequency during morning and evening peaks Monday to Friday was reduced from 7 buses per hour to 6.[7]

Bomb incident[edit]

On 7 July 2005 at 09:47, a Stagecoach London Dennis Trident 2 double-decker bus, fleet number 17758, registration LX03 BUF, was involved in a terrorist attack perpetrated by Hasib Hussain, a bomb in whose rucksack exploded, killing 13 other passengers as well as himself. The explosion ripped the roof off the top deck of the bus and destroyed the back of the vehicle. The detonation took place close to the British Medical Association building in Tavistock Square. The bus was off line of route and on diversion due to earlier multiple attacks on the London Underground system. The bus was replaced by the first Alexander Dennis Enviro400 produced, named Spirit of London to symbolise the courage of Londoners.[8][9]

Current route[edit]

Route 30 operates via these primary locations:[10]

Cultural references[edit]

The #30 bus is mentioned in the song Kiss Me Deadly, by the pop music band Generation X, which was released on their 1978 long-player Generation X.[11]


  1. ^ Views Of A Kaleidoscopic City New York Times 19 April 1987
  2. ^ "London's worst performing bus route - top 10 revealed". Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2010. London Daily News 262
  3. ^ "Route 30 - award announced 18 December 2003". TfL. 18 December 2003. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  4. ^ First quits London bus business Archived 7 June 2014 at the Wayback Machine Bus & Coach Professional 9 April 2013
  5. ^ Date set for Aussie takeover of London bus routes Australasian Bus & Coach 14 June 2013
  6. ^ "Bus tender results - Transport for London". Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  7. ^ Mortimer, Josiah (21 December 2021). "The 41 London bus routes that have quietly been cut in 2021". MyLondon. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  8. ^ London bomb tribute bus unveiled BBC News 3 October 2005
  9. ^ 'Spirit of London' Bus Unveiled
  10. ^ Route 30 Map Transport for London
  11. ^ Lyrics of the song 'Kiss Me Deadly' from the 'Sound Track Lyrics website.

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