London Buses route 40

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London bus route 40.jpg
Operator Abellio London
Garage Walworth (WL)
Vehicle Alexander Dennis Enviro400
Start Dulwich
Via Denmark Hill
Camberwell Green
Elephant & Castle
London Bridge
End Aldgate bus station
Length 6 miles (9.7 km)
Level Daily

London Buses route 40 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Dulwich and Aldgate bus station, it is operated by Abellio London.


When the London Passenger Transport Board took responsibility for London's bus operations on 1 July 1933, route 40 was an established route operating from Camberwell Green to Wanstead via Elephant & Castle, London Bridge, Aldgate, Limehouse, Canning Town and Forest Gate.

On 12 October 1938, the route was extended from Camberwell to Herne Hill via Denmark Hill. On 27 January 1965, it was withdrawn except during weekday peaks between Herne Hill and Aldgate and replaced by route 40A. From 18 April 1970, route 40 only operated on weekends.

On 22 April 1978, it resumed weekday operations operating between Herne Hill and North Dulwich. On 24 April 1982, it was withdrawn between Poplar and North Woolwich.

On 23 November 1991, route 40 was diverted at Limehouse to Canary Wharf. It was extended to Poplar on 9 May 1992 and again to Blackwall station on 25 September 1993. At the southern end it was diverted at Camberwell Green to Denmark Hill from 12 March 1994. With the opening of the Jubilee line, on 20 May 1999 it was withdrawn between Aldgate and Blackwell.

Upon being re-tendered, on 2 May 2009 it passed from London Central's Camberwell garage to Travel London's Walworth garage.[1] Route 40 was included in the 21 May 2009 sale of Travel London to Abellio London.[2][3][4]

Current route[edit]

Route 40 operates via these primary locations:[5]


  1. ^ Bus tender results Route 40 Transport for London 15 September 2008
  2. ^ National Express Group plc agreement to sell Travel London National Express Group 21 May 2009
  3. ^ NatEx sells London bus business Bus & Coach Professional 22 May 2009
  4. ^ NedRailways acquisition reinforces long term commitment to UK transport market NedRailways 9 June 2009
  5. ^ Route 40 Map Transport for London

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