London Buses route C1

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London United DE85 on Route C1, White City.jpg
Operator London United
Garage Shepherd's Bush (S)
Vehicle Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 10.2m
Peak vehicle requirement 14
Began service 1986
Locale London
Landmarks served Victoria and Albert Museum
Start White City bus station
Via Earl's Court
South Kensington
Sloane Square
End Victoria
Length 6 miles (9.7 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 10-12 minutes
Journey time 31-58 minutes
Operates 06:00 until 00:45
Annual patronage 2,790,055 (2013–14)[1]
Timetable Route C1 timetable
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London Buses route C1 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between White City bus station and Victoria, it is operated by London United.


Route C1 commenced operating on 25 October 1986 as a weekday-only service between Kensington and The Embankment via South Kensington, Sloane Square and Victoria with Optare CityPacer minibuses from Victoria garage.

On 1 August 1987 the route was extended to Waterloo, and renamed Central Hoppa C1. The route also gained a Saturday service, and early evening journeys between Victoria and Waterloo stations. The Victoria to Waterloo section was transferred to Red Arrow route 511 in 1991 (now route 211). In February 1993, the route was diverted between Kensington High Street and South Kensington via Earl's Court.

Upon being re-tendered, in July 1998 the route passed to Travel London, having previously been operated by London General. It was included in the August 2000 sale of Travel London to Limebourne Buses, which in turn was sold to Connex in July 2001 and then back to Travel London in February 2004.[2] In July 2005, Travel London commenced a new contract with the Optare Solos replaced by Dennis Darts.[3]

The route was extended from Kensington to Shepherd's Bush on 6 January 2007. This extension caused a lot of controversy as it was intended to run through previously unserved roads, although the extension went ahead, but with the buses not serving the originally planned route via Blythe Road, and difficulties with the narrow roads meant the route was redirected via Holland Road.[4]

On 29 November 2008 route C1 was extended to White City bus station to coincide with the opening of Westfield London.[5]

In May 2009, route C1 was included in the sale of Travel London to Abellio London.[6][7]

Upon being re-tendered, on 3 July 2010 the route passed to Transdev London's Park Royal garage. On 20 October 2012, route C1 transferred to Shepherd's Bush garage.

Current route[edit]


  1. ^ "Bus service usage: passengers and kilometres operated by route, 2010-14". Transport for London. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Osborne, Alistair (27 February 2004). "National Express buys 200 London buses". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bus tender results: Route C1 - award announced 08 November 2004". Transport for London. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Consultation begins on proposed extension to route C1". Transport for London. 28 February 2006. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "New White City bus station will cater for 10,000 passengers a day". Transport for London. 25 November 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "National Express Group PLC agreement to sell Travel London". National Express. 21 May 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "NedRailways acquisition of Travel London business complete". Transport Xtra. 10 June 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 

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