London Buses route 388

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CT Plus HTL10 PF52 TFX 2.JPG
Operator CT Plus
Garage Ash Grove (HK)

Dennis Trident 2 / East Lancs Myllennium Lolyne
Alexander Dennis Enviro400H

Scania OmniCity
Peak vehicle requirement 11
Start Stratford City bus station
Via Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Hackney Wick
Bethnal Green
Liverpool Street
End Blackfriars station
Length 6 miles (9.7 km)
Level Daily

London Buses route 388 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Stratford City bus station and Blackfriars station, it is operated by CT Plus.


Route 388 commenced operating on 25 January 2003 between Hackney Wick and Mansion House station in preparation for the introduction of the London congestion charge. It was operated by CT Plus' Ash Grove (HK) with East Lancs Lolyne bodied Dennis Trident 2s.

On 25 September 2004, it was extended to Blackfriars station. While Blackfriars station was rebuilt as part of the Thameslink Programme, route 388 was extended on 16 August 2008 to Temple station, and again on 1 November 2008 to Embankment station.[1] It was cut back to Blackfriars on 24 March 2012.

Upon being re-tendered, the route was retained with a new contract commencing in January 2010.[2]

On 14 December 2013, route 388 was extended from Hackney Wick to Stratford City bus station via the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, replacing route 588.[3][4]

Current route[edit]

Route 388 operates via these primary locations:[5]


  1. ^ Bus route extension welcome London TravelWatch 24 October 2008
  2. ^ London bus tenders Route 388 Transport for London 6 August 2009
  3. ^ Have your say on proposals for bus services to serve the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Transport for London August 2013
  4. ^ Bus route 388 extended to Stratford City Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 11 December 2013
  5. ^ Route 338 Map Transport for London

External links[edit]

Media related to London Buses route 388 at Wikimedia Commons