London Buses route 98

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Metroline Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TL in Kilburn in September 2007
Operator Metroline
Garage Willesden (AC)
Vehicle Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Plaxton President
Peak vehicle requirement 26
Night-time Night Bus N98
Start Willesden garage
Via Kilburn
Maida Vale
Edgware Road
Marble Arch
Oxford Circus
End Holborn
Length 7 miles (11 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 6-10 minutes
Journey time 35-70 minutes
Operates 05:00 until 01:00

London Buses route 98 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England running between Willesden garage and Holborn and operated by Metroline.


Route 98 commenced on 18 July 1992 to replace route 8 between Willesden garage and Oxford Circus, before continuing to Holborn. The route has always been operated by Metroline's Willesden garage. It was initially operated by AEC Routemasters on Mondays to Saturdays in the daytime and Dennis Darts, MCW Metrobuses and Leyland Titans on Sundays and late evenings.[1]

On 27 March 2004 routes 98 and 6 were converted to driver-only operation, with the AEC Routemasters replaced by Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs.[1][2][3][4]

Route 98 also has night service N98 that follows the route from Holborn to Willesden and continues via Kingsbury, Queensbury and Neasden to Stanmore station.

Due to the partial closure of Oxford Street for Crossrail works, on 16 June 2014 the route temporarily had its eastern terminus relocated from Holborn to Russell Square. It resumed operating to Holborn in August 2014.[5]

Current route[edit]


  1. ^ a b Blacker, Ken (2007). Routemaster: 1970–2005 2 (2nd ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. pp. 118, 168. ISBN 978-1-85414-303-7. 
  2. ^ Stewart, David (2006). London’s Last Routemasters. Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. p. 23. ISBN 978-1-85414-295-5. 
  3. ^ London bus routes Route 98/N98 Transport for London 6 June 2003
  4. ^ Willesden's Routemasters Bow Out London Bus Page 26 March 2004
  5. ^ Oxford Street closed eastbound London Buses

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