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London Buses route 18 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Sudbury and Euston bus station, it is operated by London United.

London Bus route 18.jpg
OperatorLondon United
DepotPark Royal (RP) [1]
Night-timeNight Bus N18
Kensal Green
EndEuston bus station



In 1992 the route became the first in London to have real-time information systems fitted to stops along its route. The system, called Countdown, proved popular with passengers and has been extended to much of the city's bus network.[2]

In 2008 the route was named as the most problematic for crime in London.[3]

On 13 November 2010, route 18 was converted back to double deck operation as part of the Mayor of London's policy to replace the O530Gs.[4] New Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL's were introduced, and the frequency was increased to every 4 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes and to 6-7 Sunday daytimes.[5]

On 22 June 2013, route 18 was included in the sale of First London's Willesden Junction garage to Metroline.[6][7][8]

In 2015/16, it was the second busiest TfL bus route, carrying 17.2 million passengers.[9]

Current routeEdit


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  2. ^ Real-Time Bus Arrival Information Systems (PDF). Transit Cooperative Research Program. 2003. ISBN 0309069653.
  3. ^ Crerar, Pippa (12 April 2012). "CCTV, more police but crime on the buses gets worse". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  4. ^ Next set of bendy buses to leave London Transport for London 28 August 2009
  5. ^ Route 18 is fifth in London to banish bendy buses Transport for London[dead link]
  6. ^ FirstGroup Announces Sale of Eight London Bus Depots FirstGroup 9 April 2013 Archived 5 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Aberdeen firm FirstGroup sells off depots for £80m BBC News 9 April 2013
  8. ^ First quits London bus business Bus & Coach Professional 9 April 2013 Archived 7 June 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^
  10. ^ Route 18 Map Transport for London

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