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Route 171 Commenced operating on 6 April 1952 at Stage 7 of London Transport's post-war "Tram to Buses" conversion scheme to replace Kingsway Subway Tram route 33. It ran as a daily service between Tottenham and West Norwood via Harringay, Manor House, Newington Green, Angel, Rosebery Avenue, Kingsway, Aldwych, Victoria Embankment, Westminster Bridge, Kennington, Brixton, West Norwood (Thurlow Arms) extended Sunday to West Norwood garage). The section between Harringay and Tottenham was new territory, not previously served by London buses.[1]


On 18 February 1996, IRA operative Edward O'Brien was killed when an improvised high-explosive device detonated prematurely on a route 171 bus travelling along Aldwych towards King's Cross.[2] It also injured eight other passengers.[3]

Upon being re-tendered, it was retained by London Central with a new contract commencing on 29 April 2006.[4] London Central again successfully tendered to retain the route with a new contract commencing on 30 April 2011.[5]

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  1. ^ Glazier, Ken, (1989). London buses in the 1950s. p. 26. Capital Transport, Harrow Weald (Middlesex). ISBN 1-85414-116-3
  2. ^ Armed guard on ira bus bomb suspect The Independent 20 February 1996
  3. ^ 1 dies, 8 hurt as blast rips bus in center of London New York Times
  4. ^ Bus tender results Route 171/N171 Transport for London 12 August 2005
  5. ^ Win, Win, Win BusTalk (Go-Ahead London) issue 6 October 2010
  6. ^ Route 171 Map Transport for London

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