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London Buses route 1 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Canada Water bus station and Tottenham Court Road station, it is operated by London General.

London Bus route 1.jpg
OperatorLondon Central
GarageNew Cross(NX)
Peak vehicle requirement17
Night-timeNight Bus N1
StartCanada Water bus station
ViaSouth Bermondsey
Bricklayers Arms
Elephant & Castle
EndTottenham Court Road



AEC Routemaster on The Strand in June 1981

Route 1 was one of the first motorbus routes to be introduced in London. It was in operation by November 1908. By the time the London Passenger Transport Board took over its operations in 1933, it operated from Willesden garage to Lewisham. In June 1956, the Willesden to Marylebone station section was replaced by route 176.[1]

Despite subsequent route changes, it continues to serve part of its original route, between Elephant & Castle and Aldwych.[2]

On 3 October 2009, East Thames Buses was sold to London General, which included a five-year contract to operate route 1.[3][4][5][6] London General commenced a further contract on 1 October 2016. It is operated out of New Cross garage with a peak vehicle requirement of 17 Wright Gemini 3 buses.[7][8][9]

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  1. ^ Warren, Kenneth (1986). The Motorbus in Central London. Shepperton: Ian Allan Publishing. pp. 61–64. ISBN 0 7110 1568 6.
  2. ^ London's oldest bus routes The London Magazine 30 March 2010
  3. ^ Go-Ahead Acquires East Thames Buses Go-Ahead Group 30 July 2009 Archived 22 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Go-Ahead buys East Thames Buses Bus & Coach Professional 3 August 2009 Archived 24 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ East Thames Buses Archived 24 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine Go-Ahead London
  6. ^ Bus tender results Route 1/N1 Transport for London 1st July 2009
  7. ^ Carr, Ken (May 2015). The London Bus Guide (5 ed.). Boreham: Visions International Entertainment. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0.
  8. ^ "Tender News" Bus Talk issue 40 page 11
  9. ^ Routes Go-Ahead London
  10. ^ Route 1 Map Transport for London

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