London Buses route 7

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Metroline route 7 to Oxford Circus (cropped).jpg
Operator Metroline
Garage West Perivale (PA) [1]
Night-time Night Bus N7
Start East Acton
Via Ladbroke Grove
End Oxford Circus

London Buses route 7 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between East Acton and Oxford Circus, it is operated by Metroline.


Route 7's history can be traced back to 1 November 1908, when an un-numbered daily route operating between Wormwood Scrubs and Liverpool Street station, was allocated route number 7.[2]

Between 1910 and 1920, route 7 was operated entirely by X-type vehicles.[3] It was the only route in London to use these vehicles regularly.[4]

The rerouting of Red Arrow route 501 from Aldgate to London Bridge in 1970, resulted in route 7 being cut back to Bloomsbury, near to Tottenham Court Road, on 24 January 1970.[5]

The route was run with crew-operated AEC Routemasters for many years. These were replaced on 3 July 2004 by low-floor double-deckers released from route 25.[5][6]

Due to the partial closure of Oxford Street for Crossrail works, on 16 June 2014 the route has had its eastern terminus relocated from Russell Square to Oxford Circus.[7]

Metroline was awarded the contract for route 7 starting on 23 June 2007 and has successfully retained the route with a new contract starting on 21 June 2014.[8][9]


A serious incident occurred on 13 June 1957, when a RTL-type bus on route 7A ran into a queue of waiting passengers on Oxford Street, killing eight people. The driver had collapsed with heat exhaustion.[10][11]


  1. ^ "Metroline, Lost property". Retrieved 19 June 2016. 
  2. ^ London's Oldest Bus Routes The London Magazine
  3. ^ Reed, John (2000). London Buses: A Brief History. Capital Transport Publishing. p. 16. ISBN 9781854142337. 
  4. ^ Klapper, Charels (1984) The Golden Age of Buses. p.72.
  5. ^ a b Blacker, Ken (2007). Routemaster: 1970–2005. 2 (2nd ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. pp. 8, 169. ISBN 978-1-85414-303-7. 
  6. ^ The future of the Routemaster Icons of England
  7. ^ Oxford Street closed eastbound London Buses
  8. ^ 2007 Bus Tender Result Transport For London
  9. ^ 2014 Bus Tender Result Transport For London
  10. ^ Bus Accident, Oxford Street (Hansard, 10 July 1957)
  11. ^ Marshall, Prince (1972). Wheels of London. The Sunday Times Magazine ISBN 0-7230-0068-9. p. 124.  Consulted 14 September 2016.

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