London Buses route 6

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6
Metroline VWH1409 on Route 6, Aldwych.jpg
Overview
Operator Metroline
Garage Willesden (AC) [1]
Vehicle Volvo B5LH 10.5m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 Hybrid [2]
Peak vehicle requirement 26 [1]
Night-time 24-hour service [1]
Route
Start Willesden garage
Via Kensal Rise
Queen's Park
Warwick Avenue
Edgware Road
Marble Arch
Oxford Circus
Piccadilly Circus
Trafalgar Square
End Aldwych

London Buses route 6 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Willesden garage and Aldwych, it is operated by Metroline.

History[edit]

Metroline AEC Routemaster approaching Piccadilly Circus in August 1998

In May 1949, RTW buses[clarification needed] were introduced on route 6.[3]

On 18 July 1992, it was further cut, with the section between Aldwych and Hackney Wick replaced by new route 26.[4]

On 27 March 2004 route 6 along with route 98, was converted to driver-only operation, with the AEC Routemasters replaced by Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs.[4] It was decided to run all journeys to Willesden garage, to provide a more consistent service over this corridor. However, the residents of Staverton Road, along which route 6's garage journeys passed (along with buses on route 52 and 302) objected to the increase in bus traffic. So the number of through journeys had to be limited to the previous level. The service has since been re-routed via Donnington Road and Pound Lane.[5]

Throughout June 2015, new Volvo B5LH bodied Wright Gemini 3's were allocated to the route. This allowed the Plaxton President's to be cascaded to other routes.[6]

Current route[edit]

Route 6 operates via these primary locations:[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Carr, Ken. The London Bus Guide. Visions International. 
  2. ^ Maxey, David (2016). Red All Over, The London Bus Review of 2015. Visions International. 
  3. ^ Graeme Bruce, J; Curtis, Colin (1977). The London Motor Bus: Its Origins and Development. London Transport. p. 93. ISBN 0853290830. 
  4. ^ a b Blacker, Ken (2007). Routemaster: 1970–2005. 2 (2nd ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. pp. 118, 168. ISBN 978-1-85414-303-7. 
  5. ^ Residents protest over new buses BBC News 27 March 2004
  6. ^ Maxey, David (2016). Red All Over, The London Bus Review of 2015. Visions International. 
  7. ^ Route 6 Map Transport for London

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