London Buses route 9
|Garage||Stamford Brook (V) |
|Night-time||Night bus N9|
|Start||Hammersmith bus station|
Hyde Park Corner
The Sunday 9 extension was finally removed when route 23 gained a Sunday service in the late 1960s, although a token service was maintained as far as Aldgate until 14:00 on Sundays to serve the local markets, the afternoon service being curtailed at Aldwych. The Saturday service was also curtailed to Aldwych a few years later, but the Sunday service was renumbered 9A to avoid the unusual bifurcation, being further diverted via Monument and Tower Hill instead of Bank and Leadenhall Street. This variation had been dropped completely by 1990, and the route thus then ran daily from Mortlake to Aldwych with a Monday to Friday extension to Liverpool Street. The whole route was cut back to Aldwych on 18 July 1992, the replacement to Liverpool Street being new route 23.
In the lead up to the introduction of the London congestion charge in February 2003, services levels were increased with MCW Metrobuses drafted in to supplement the AEC Routemasters. On 4 September 2004, crewed operation finished with the AEC Routemasters replaced by East Lancs Myllennium Vyking bodied Volvo B7TL and the route transferred to Stamford Brook garage, in an economy swap with route 49.
To mark the First World War centenary, the London Transport Museum restored one of only four surviving LGOC B-type buses. The bus being restored used to run on route 9 between Barnes and Liverpool Street from 1914. The restoration cost £250,000, with more than half being spent sourcing original parts.
Route 9 operates via these primary locations:
- Hammersmith bus station for Hammersmith tube stations
- Hammersmith Broadway
- Brook Green
- West Kensington North End Road
- Kensington Olympia station
- Kensington High Street
- High Street Kensington station
- Kensington Palace
- Royal Albert Hall
- Knightsbridge station
- Hyde Park Corner station
- Mayfair Old Park Lane
- Green Park station
- St James's Pall Mall
- St James's Palace
- Trafalgar Square
- Charing Cross station
- Covent Gardens Southampton Street
- Aldwych Drury Lane/Somerset House
In 1978, route 9 was called the "very best and least expensive tour of London" as it passed Hyde Park, Hyde Park Corner, Green Park, Burlington Arcade, Piccadilly Circus, Haymarket, Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery, Strand, Savoy Hotel, Simpsons of Piccadilly, Fleet Street, Lombard Street and George and Vulture. The current route passes Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens. It also passes the Kensington Roof Gardens, Royal Albert Hall, Albert Memorial, Hyde Park Barracks, Wellington Arch, Apsley House, New Zealand War Memorial, The Athenaeum Hotel, The Ritz London Hotel, The Wolseley, St James's Palace, National Gallery, Duke of York Column, Nelson's Column, Eleanor cross, Savoy Hotel, Savoy Theatre and Somerset House.
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