London Buses route 78

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Operator Arriva London
Garage Ash Grove (AE)[1]
Vehicle Alexander Dennis Enviro400H City 10.4m[citation needed]
Peak vehicle requirement 16[citation needed]
Night-time No Night service
Start Shoreditch
Via Aldgate
End Nunhead
Length 6 miles (9.7 km)[citation needed]
Level Daily[citation needed]
Frequency 8-12 minutes[citation needed]
Journey time 33-56 minutes[citation needed]
Operates 05:25 until 01:26 [2]

London Buses route 78 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Shoreditch and Nunhead, it is operated by Arriva London.


Route 78 originally operated from Shoreditch to Dulwich.

In December 1952, a number 78 double-decker bus was crossing Tower Bridge. At that time, the gateman would ring a warning bell and close the gates when the bridge was clear before the watchman ordered the raising of the bridge. The process failed while a relief watchman was on duty. The bus was near the edge of the south bascule when it started to rise; driver Albert Gunter made a split-second decision to accelerate the bus, clearing a six-foot (2m) drop onto the north bascule, which had not started to rise. The conductor broke his leg, and twelve of the twenty passengers aboard received minor injuries. The driver was later rewarded with a £10 bonus.[3]

On 13 August 1988 it was extended from Dulwich Hill to Forest Hill partly replacing route 12. Upon being tendered, on 10 November 1990 it passed to London & Country. On 13 March 1994 it was withdrawn between Peckham Rye and Forest Hill. On 28 June 1997 it was transferred to fellow Cowie Group company Kentish Bus, then on 31 January 1998 to Grey-Green and finally on 27 March 1999 to Arriva London.

On 20 May 2000 it was extended from Peckham Rye to Nunhead.[4] On 16 October 2010 it moved to Ash Grove garage.

The route was retained by Arriva London following re-tendering in 2003, November 2010 and November 2015.[5][6][7] New Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 double deckers were introduced on 17 April 2011.[citation needed].

Following the November 2015 tender, new Enviro400H City vehicles were ordered with the expectation that they would enter service in November 2015.[8] The first buses of this type to operate in London, the Enviro400H City is visually styled on the New Routemaster and Enviro200 MMC, suggested to be a cost effective alternative to the New Routemaster for use in the London suburbs.[9] The first of these entered service on 7 December 2015.[10]

Current route[edit]

Route 78 operates via these primary locations:[11]


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  3. ^ Foreign News: The Jumping Bus in Time Magazine, 12 January 1953; online at,9171,817691,00.html
  4. ^ Consultation on proposed changes to terminal arrangements on route 78 Transport for London December 2011
  5. ^ Transport for London (2003-05-08). "Bus tender results - Transport for London". Retrieved 2015-12-08. 
  6. ^ Transport for London (2010-05-14). "Bus tender results - Transport for London". Retrieved 2015-12-08. 
  7. ^ Transport for London (2015-03-31). "Bus tender results - Transport for London". Retrieved 2015-12-08. 
  8. ^ "Arriva London". Arriva London. Retrieved 2015-12-08. 
  9. ^ "ADL gets the London look-". Retrieved 8 December 2015. 
  10. ^ "BUSES Magazine, Issue 730 (January 2016)". BUSES Magazine. 19 December 2015. p. 66. 
  11. ^ Route 78 Map Transport for London

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