London Buses route 86

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London bus routes 86 Stratford Bus Station.jpg
Operator Stagecoach London
Garage Romford (NS)
West Ham (WH)
Vehicle Dennis Trident 2 10.5m / Alexander ALX400
Peak vehicle requirement 30
Night-time Night Bus N86
Start Stratford bus station London Buses
Via Forest Gate
Seven Kings
Chadwell Heath
End Romford station
Length 10 miles (16 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 6-10 minutes
Journey time 40-76 minutes
Operates 05:30 until 01:00

London Buses route 86 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Stratford bus station and Romford station, it is operated by Stagecoach London.


Route 86 commenced operating in 1936. The core route has always been between Stratford and Romford. Originally, two buses per hour (four on Wednesdays) were numbered 86A, which ran between Stratford and Romford, and then continued to Upminster via the present-day route 248. The main 86 ran to Gidea Park, with four buses per hour from there continuing to Brentwood.

On December 9, 1936 both routes 86 and 86A were extended westward to Mile End. In April 1939, the main 86 service was diverted to Limehouse, serving previously unserved territory. On 13 December 1939, route 86 was withdrawn between Limehouse and Chadwell Heath, and route 86A diverted to Limehouse, giving route 86A a more prominent role, serving new housing estates in the Hornchurch area.

On 20 August 1958, route 86 was withdrawn, and replaced between Romford and Brentwood by route 287. Route 86A was renumbered 86 and continued operating between Limehouse and Upminster. On 27 October 1984, the section between Limehouse and Stratford was withdrawn and replaced by route 225 (which was later replaced by the 278, then abandoned in 1993). At the same time, the section between Romford and Upminster was replaced by an extension of the upgraded route 248, previously a local route in Upminster.

On 2 February 1985 it was converted to one man operation with the AEC Routemasters replaced by Leyland Titans.

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