London Buses route 43

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43
Metroline VW1255 on Route 43, London Bridge.jpg
Overview
Operator Metroline
Garage Holloway (HT) [1]
Vehicle Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2
Volvo B7TL 10.6m / Plaxton President [2]
Peak vehicle requirement 33[3]
Night-time 24-hour service [4]
Route
Start Friern Barnet
Via Muswell Hill
Archway
Holloway
Angel
Moorgate
End London Bridge station

London Buses route 43 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Friern Barnet and London Bridge station, it is operated by Metroline.

History[edit]

Route 43 commenced operating in August 1912 as a daily route between Archway station and London Bridge station via Holloway Road, Upper Street, Angel, City Road, Moorgate, Bank station and London Bridge, and was quickly extended to Muswell Hill Broadway via East Finchley and Fortis Green Road.[5]

The route along which the 43 operates was designated as London's first Red Route bus priority scheme in 1992.[6] In late 1999 the route became one of the first in London to be operated by low-floor double-deck buses, when new Plaxton President bodied Dennis Trident 2s were introduced.[7]

In September 2006, a bus operating route 43 caught fire. No passengers were injured as the bus driver had evacuated the vehicle.[8]

Variants[edit]

In 1992 a peak hour route X43 was introduced to supplement route 43 in connection with the Red Route bus priority scheme introduced at the time. It used specially liveried Scania N113 double-deckers branded as Red Express. London Northern, the subsidiary of London Buses which had taken over operation of the route in 1989, stated that passenger numbers along the route increased by 8,700 in the year following its introduction.[6][9]

In popular culture[edit]

An Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 operating on route 43 was used in the 2007 film The Bourne Ultimatum.[10]

Current route[edit]

Route 43 operates via these primary locations:[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carr, Ken. The London Bus Guide. Visions International Entertainment. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0. 
  2. ^ Carr, Ken. The London Bus Guide. Visions International Entertainment. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0. 
  3. ^ Carr, Ken. The London Bus Guide. Visions International Entertainment. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0. 
  4. ^ Carr, Ken. The London Bus Guide. Visions International Entertainment. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0. 
  5. ^ Young, John (1977). Great Northern Suburban. David & Charles. p. 66. ISBN 071537477X. 
  6. ^ a b McLachlan, Tom (1995). London Buses 1985-1995: Managing The Change. Venture Publications. pp. 54, 60. ISBN 1-898432-74-0. 
  7. ^ Delahoy, Richard (January 2000). "Low-floors in London". Buses. Ian Allan Publishing (538): 18–21. 
  8. ^ "Amazing escape for bus passengers as double decker bursts into flames". Daily Mail. 7 September 2006. 
  9. ^ Brown, Stewart J (November 1995). Buses in Britain 2: The Mid Nineties. Capital Transport. p. 156. ISBN 1-85414-181-3. 
  10. ^ Brown, Peter (August 2007). "When buses must pass the screen test". Buses. Ian Allan Publishing (629): 30–32. 
  11. ^ Route 43 Map Transport for London

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