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London Buses route 277

HistoryEdit

Route 277 started in April 1959 to replace the Trolleybus route 677 from Smithfield to Cubitt Town.[1] In October 1961 the Sunday service was extended from Cubitt Town to Poplar replacing the withdrawn route 56.[2] In 1964 Saturday journeys were also extended, and this was followed in 1969 by a weekday extension.[3][4]

In 1971 route 277 saw the withdrawal on Sunday services between Angel and Smithfield but continued a normal service to the Blackwall Tunnel.[5][6] The 277 saw the withdrawal of through services to Poplar and restricted to Cubitt Town, Queen Hotel in 1974, during the reconstruction of what is now the Blue Bridge over the West India Dock entrance from the River Thames, passengers walking over a temporary footbridge until 1976 after Route 277A, a shuttle from the north side of the bridge to Poplar, was withdrawn.[7][8]

The 1990s saw the most significant change to the route where the 277 lost it status as a Central London route as was diverted at Canonbury (Mildmay Park) via St Pauls Road to Highbury & Islington Station; the Smithfield section was replaced by bus route 56.[9] 1991 saw the extension on weekdays and Saturdays to Canary Wharf.[10] 1993 saw the withdrawal of the section between Canary Wharf and Poplar. In 1994 the route was extended to Blackwall, Leamouth on weekdays and Saturdays and saw the extension to Leamouth on Sundays along with the N277 in 2003 being introduced that covered the entire route.[9]

As part of the new 24 hour buses project in 2004, the 'N277' dropped as this was routed exactly the same as the day route, making the 277 a 24 hour route.[citation needed]

In February 2009, drivers on the route were criticised by local residents for causing unnecessarily high noise and air pollution at the Highbury Corner terminus.[11][12]

Stagecoach London commenced a new contract in February 2010.[13] In March 2016, Transport for London proposed the removal of seven bus stops from the route,[14] which drew criticism from London TravelWatch.[15][16]

On Saturday 30 June 2018, route 277 was withdrawn between Dalston and Highbury Corner. However the night service was retained, restoring the 'N' prefix N277 which was extended to Islington, Angel via Upper Street from Highbury.[17] This decision was met with outrage from Hackney Borough Council who were disappointed with TfL and called on the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and TfL to review this decision.[18]

Current routeEdit

Route 277 operates via these primary locations:[19]

Cultural significanceEdit

The route is notable for passing through areas of London with strong cultural importance. A feature in Time Out magazine in March 2009 highlighted notable points along the route as the Vortex Jazz Club and Café Oto in Dalston, the Hackney Empire theatre, Broadway Market in London Fields and One Canada Square in Canary Wharf.[20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ May 1961 Red Book. London Transport. 1961.
  2. ^ September 1968 allocation book. London Transport.
  3. ^ "Disused Stations: Coborn Road for Old Ford Station". www.disused-stations.org.uk. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  4. ^ Gryfe, Alan. "London Transport Central Area Routes 277–279". www.eplates.info. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  5. ^ 1970 - Devolution of Country Buses London Bus Map. London Transport.
  6. ^ London Docklands: Strategic Plan. Docklands Joint Committee.
  7. ^ Wharmby, Matthew. The London DMS Bus. p. 71.
  8. ^ Blake, Jim. British Buses 1967.
  9. ^ a b March 1998 London Transport Leaflet. 1998.
  10. ^ Capital Citibus 277 blinded for Canary Wharf (Image).
  11. ^ Selfish bus drivers bring fumes misery Islington Tribune 20 February 2009
  12. ^ Selfish bus drivers bring fumes misery Islington Tribune 20 February 2009
  13. ^ Bus tender results Route 277/N277 Transport for London 6 August 2009
  14. ^ Inge, Sophie. "Anger over proposal to axe Highbury Corner 277 bus service". Islington Gazette. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  15. ^ Seabrook, Victoria (14 March 2016). "Part of 277 bus route faces axe amid scheme to revamp Highbury Corner". Hackney Citizen. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  16. ^ Bishop, Rachel (22 February 2016). "Have your say on the changes to Tower Hamlets bus routes". thewharf. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  17. ^ https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/buses/permanent-bus-changes#on-this-page-1
  18. ^ http://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/hackney-council-furious-at-tfl-over-shock-news-that-277-bus-route-will-be-cut-next-week-1-5570053
  19. ^ https://tfl.gov.uk/bus/route/277
  20. ^ Bus Route 277: Highbury to Canary Wharf - Time Out London

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