London Buses route 55

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Stagecoach London LT379 on Route 55, Clapton Pond (16063247983).jpg
New Routemaster on route 55
Overview
Operator Stagecoach London
Vehicle New Routemaster
Peak vehicle requirement 40[1]
Night-time Night Bus N55
Route
Start Leyton Green
Via Hackney Central
Shoreditch
Clerkenwell
Holborn
End Oxford Circus

London Buses route 55 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Leyton Green and Oxford Circus, it is operated by Stagecoach London.

History[edit]

The route number 55 came from tram 55, replaced by trolleybus 55, which had run between Old Street and Hackney.[2]

In 1990, the section of the route that linked Leyton and Oxford Circus was withdrawn. It was reinstated in 1997 after a campaign by Waltham Forest residents.[3]

Stagecoach London successfully retained route 55 with a new contract starting on 27 February 2010 and a further contract starting on 28 February 2015.[4][5]

New Routemasters were introduced on 28 February 2015. The rear platform remains closed at all times except for when the bus is at bus stops.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of Stagecoach London". Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Craig, Zoe (15 September 2016). "How Do London's Buses Get Their Numbers?". Londonist. 
  3. ^ "Campaign hails bus and bike safety record on 'congested' Lea Bridge Road after no accidents since 2005". East London and West Sussex Guardian. 30 November 2016. 
  4. ^ 2010 Bus Tender Result Transport For London
  5. ^ 2015 Bus Tender Result Transport For London
  6. ^ "Route 55 and 15 to be served by New Routemaster buses". 26 January 2015. 

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