London Buses route 360

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London Central WHY6 on Route 360, Vauxhall.jpg
Operator London Central
Garage Camberwell (Q)
Vehicle VDL SB120 10.4m / Wright Electrocity
Peak vehicle requirement 11
Night-time none
Start Royal Albert Hall
Via Kensington
Sloane Square
End Elephant & Castle
Length 6 miles (9.7 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 12-20 minutes
Journey time 38-52 minutes
Operates 05:20 until 01:15

London Buses route 360 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Royal Albert Hall and Elephant & Castle, it is operated by London Central.


Route 360 commenced operating on 25 January 2003 as was one of a number of new routes introduced in preparation for the commencement of the London congestion charge.[citation needed] It was operated by London Central's Camberwell garage using cascaded early model Dennis Dart SLFs, unusually treated to route branding.[citation needed]

The route was the first in London to use hybrid electric buses, with six vehicles built by Wrightbus, branded Electrocity, entering service in February 2006.[1] The trial was announced in March 2005; route 360 was chosen as it is one of few single-deck routes to operate in central London.[2] Six diesel buses were operated alongside the hybrids for comparison.[3] The hybrids were temporarily withdrawn shortly after their introduction following problems with engine overheating.[4]

In November 2009, it was announced that London Central had successfully tendered to retain the route, which would be converted to full hybrid operation using a mixture of new and existing vehicles from 23 January 2010, the first route to use only hybrid vehicles.[5][6] In August 2014, new passenger information screens were introduced on one bus on the route.[7][8][9]

Current route[edit]


  1. ^ ""Cleaner, greener" buses for route 360". London SE1 community site. 7 February 2006. 
  2. ^ "First Electrocity order for Wrightbus". Bus & Coach Magazine. 18 March 2005. 
  3. ^ "Red buses go green in London". 8 February 2006. 
  4. ^ Milmo, Dan (26 October 2006). "London plans hybrid bus fleet to cut carbon emissions". The Guardian. 
  5. ^ Aldridge, John (November 2009). "Route 360 to go 100% hybrid in latest contract shake-up". Buses (Ian Allan Publishing) (656): 16–17. 
  6. ^ "Route E1 - award announced 14 September 2009". Transport for London. 14 September 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Hopping, Clare (7 August 2014). "TfL to trial WiFi on Number 12 and RV1 London buses". Recombu. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Worth, Dan (6 August 2014). "TfL will trial bus WiFi and digital seat data displays". V3. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "WiFi trial on RV1 bus route". London SE1. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 

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