London Buses route 73

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Arriva bus 73.jpg
Operator Arriva London
Garage Stamford Hill (SF)

Volvo B5LH 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2

New Routemaster
Peak vehicle requirement 53
Night-time Night Bus N73
Start Stoke Newington
Via Newington Green
King's Cross
Oxford Circus
End Victoria bus station
Length 7 miles (11 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 3-4 minutes
Journey time 44-78 minutes
Operates 04:45 until 01:00

London Buses route 73 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Stoke Newington and Victoria bus station, it is operated by Arriva London.


Route 73 commenced on 30 November 1914, and originally ran from King's Cross to Barnes via Euston Road, Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Street, Knightsbridge, Kensington and Hammersmith.[1]

By 1949 the route ran from Stoke Newington to Richmond. In 1958 the route was extended further west via Twickenham to Hounslow, replacing route 33. This latter route was reinstated in 1966 between Hammersmith and Richmond, with route 73 was curtailed at Hammersmith, running to Richmond on Saturdays and Hounslow on Sundays.

The Sunday service was cut back to Twickenham in 1978, and in 1982 route 73 became a regular daily service between Stoke Newington and Hammersmith. On 13 August 1988 the route was diverted at Hyde Park Corner to Victoria bus station, and replaced by new route 10 west of Hyde Park Corner.[2]

In August 1994 the route, at the time operated by Leaside Buses, was used to test satellite monitoring of buses in an effort to reduce bunching.[3]

On 4 September 2004 route 73 was converted to one-man operation, with the AEC Routemasters replaced by Mercedes-Benz O530G articulated buses.[4][5] This change was intended to improve peak capacity and decrease boarding times; however, a Transport for London advertising campaign to this effect was prohibited by the Advertising Standards Agency as the claims were misleading.[6] Fare evasion on the route increased after the introduction of articulated vehicles, leading some passengers to nickname the route 'seventy-free'.[7] The route was used to test the iBus system in 2007.[8]

On 3 September 2011, route 73 was retained by Arriva London, transferred to Stamford Hill garage and converted back to double deck operation with Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B5LHs and Wright Gemini 2-bodied VDL DB300s. The route was discontinued between Seven Sisters and Stoke Newington.[9]

On 29 December 2012, route 73 was converted to hybrid operation using Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B5LH double deckers.

The bus route passes many tourist attractions such as Marble Arch, British Library, and Clissold Park.[10] The Daily Telegraph called the route one of the "best routes for sightseeing on a shoestring".[11] In August 2014, two buses on the route were fitted with equipment designed to enhance bus drivers' awareness of pedestrians and cyclists as part of a six-week trial.[12][13][14][15] The route was chosen because it was "most likely to encounter packed seas of distracted shopping people and cyclists".[16]

Route 73 was retained by Arriva London with New Routemaster double deckers introduced on May 2015· [1]

Current route[edit]

Route 73 operates via these primary locations:[17]


  1. ^ Motor Omnibus Routes in London, Vol 3: January 1913 - February 1915 London Historical Research Group of the Omnibus Society 1991
  2. ^ London Bus Routes By Ian Armstrong - Route 73
  3. ^ Gulf war satellites track the No 73 bus The Independent 18 August 1994
  4. ^ 73 bus stories about the No. 73 London Routemaster bus
  5. ^ Black Friday Route 73 London Bus Page 3 September 2004
  6. ^ BBC News | London | Bendy bus ads complaints upheld
  7. ^ "Final Day Of The Bendy Bus On Route 73". 2 September 2011. 
  8. ^ The London Daily News - One more death on London roads caused by London buses
  9. ^ [2]
  10. ^ Wittich, John (1997). London Bus-Top Tourist. Sigma Leisure. pp. 109–114. ISBN 9781850584308. 
  11. ^ Edwards, Rhiannon (29 April 2014). "Tube strike? See more of London by bus". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  12. ^ Rasiah, Janine (4 August 2014). "Groundbreaking bus sensors to be piloted on Stratford route". Newham Recorder. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Hedges-Stocks, Zoah (6 August 2014). "London buses to get free wifi and cycle safety sensors". London 24. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  14. ^ Murphy, Margi (4 August 2014). "London buses get safety sensor technology". Computer World UK. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "London bus technology to detect cyclists trialled". BBC News. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  16. ^ Cutlack, Gary (1 August 2014). "Four London Buses Kitted Out With Radar and Cameras in New Safety Push". Gizmodo. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  17. ^ Route 73 Map Transport for London

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