London Buses route 98

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Metroline Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TL in Kilburn in September 2007
Operator Metroline
Garage Willesden (AC)[1]
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

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.[2]

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

Owing 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]

In April 2016 the first five BYD double-decker electric buses in the world since trolleybuses started operating on the route as part of a pilot scheme.[6][7] They are operated by Willesden Garage.[8]

Current route[edit]

Route 98 operates via these primary locations:[9]


  1. ^ Lost Property Metroline
  2. ^ a b Blacker, Ken (2007). Routemaster: 1970–2005. 2 (2nd ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. pp. 118, 168. ISBN 978-1-85414-303-7. 
  3. ^ Stewart, David (2006). London’s Last Routemasters. Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. p. 23. ISBN 978-1-85414-295-5. 
  4. ^ London bus routes Route 98/N98 Transport for London 6 June 2003
  5. ^ Oxford Street closed eastbound London Buses
  6. ^ "World's first electric double-decker bus ready to hit London's roads". Evening Standard. 15 March 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  7. ^ First pure electric double deck buses on streets of London BYD 16 March 2016
  8. ^ Lost Property Metroline
  9. ^ Route Map Transport for London

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