London Buses route 2

London Buses route 2 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Norwood garage and Marylebone station, it is operated by Arriva London.

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OperatorArriva London
GarageNorwood (N)
VehicleVolvo B5LH/Wright Eclipse Gemini 3[1][2]
Peak vehicle requirement24 [1]
Night-timeNight Bus N2
StartNorwood Garage
Marble Arch
EndMarylebone Station


Arriva London Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TL in September 2007

Route 2 was the last West End bus route that was operated by step-entrance buses other than AEC Routemasters. Ironically, it was also the first London bus route to use the Routemaster.[3]

In the 1950s, the route was run using AEC Regent IIIs.[4] On 8 February 1956, the first prototype AEC Routemaster ran on route 2 between Golders Green and Crystal Palace and after undergoing modifications the following year, it passed to route 260.[5][6] On 29 January 1994, route 2 was converted to one man operation with the AEC Routemasters replaced by Leyland Olympians and MCW Metrobuses.[7]

In 2003, brand new Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TLs were introduced. Conversion to the type took place a few months before the contract was renewed.

In 2015, the route received a part allocation of Enviro 400's from route 341. Some of its longer 10.6 metre Volvo B7TL's were transferred to Edmonton Garage for use on route 123.[8]

It is operated out of Norwood garage with a peak vehicle requirement of 24 buses.[9]

Current routeEdit

Route 2 operates via these primary locations:[10]


  1. ^ a b Ken Carr (2015). The London Bus Guide. Visions International.
  2. ^ David Maxey (2016). Red all Over- The London Bus Review of 2015. Visions International.
  3. ^ Marshall, Prince (1972). Wheels of London. The Sunday Times Magazine. ISBN 0-7230-0068-9.
  4. ^ Reed, John (2000). London Buses: A Brief History. Capital Transport Publishing. p. 54. ISBN 9781854142337.
  5. ^ Graeme Bruce, J; Curtis, Colin (1977). The London Motor Bus: Its Origins and Development. London Transport. p. 99. ISBN 0853290830.
  6. ^ Reed, John (2000). London Buses: A Brief History. Capital Transport Publishing. p. 55. ISBN 9781854142337.
  7. ^ Blacker, Ken (2007). Routemaster: 1970–2005. 2 (2nd ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. p. 121. ISBN 978-1-85414-303-7.
  8. ^ Carr, Ken (May 2015). The London Bus Guide (5 ed.). Boreham: Visions International Entertainment. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0.
  9. ^ Maxey, David (2016). Red All Over- The London Bus Review of 2015. Visions International.
  10. ^ Route 2 Map Transport for London

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