London Buses route 6

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Metroline VWH1409 on Route 6, Aldwych.jpg
Operator Metroline
Garage Willesden (AC)
Vehicle Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Plaxton President
Peak vehicle requirement 26
Night-time 24-hour service
Start Willesden garage
Via Kensal Rise
Queen's Park
Warwick Avenue
Edgware Road
Marble Arch
Oxford Circus
Piccadilly Circus
Trafalgar Square
End Aldwych
Length 6 miles (9.7 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 6-10 minutes
Journey time 42-66 minutes
Operates 24-hour service

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.


Route 6 is a short route, but a high daytime frequency contributes to a substantial requirement for up to 30 buses in service at any time. It used to run over a longer distance between Kensal Rise and Hackney Wick, but in 1942 the route was cut back to Kensal Rise from Willesden. It had previously been extended to Leyton at various times, but these were quickly withdrawn.[1] In May 1949, RTW buses were introduced on route 6.[2]

On 18 July 1992, it was further cut, with the section between Aldwych and Hackney Wick replaced by new route 26.[3] This means the west end of the route now has no access to the City, although links from Hackney and Cambridge Heath to the West End are still covered to some degree by route 55.[1]

Between 1988 and 1991 the route had been jointly worked by the Metroline and London Forest divisions. When the latter was wound up in 1991, and its workings were taken over by East London until 1992, when the remaining section of route was allocated entirely by Metroline.

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.[3][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 buses. 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]

Current route[edit]

Route 6 operates via these primary locations:[6]


  1. ^ a b Route 6
  2. ^ Graeme Bruce, J; Curtis, Colin (1977). The London Motor Bus: Its Origins and Development. London Transport. p. 93. ISBN 0853290830. 
  3. ^ a b Blacker, Ken (2007). Routemaster: 1970–2005 2 (2nd ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. pp. 118, 168. ISBN 978-1-85414-303-7. 
  4. ^ Willesden's Routemasters Bow Out London Bus Page 26 March 2004
  5. ^ Residents protest over new buses BBC News 27 March 2004
  6. ^ Route 6 Map Transport for London

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