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London Buses route 281 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Hounslow bus station and Tolworth, it is operated by London United using 25 buses.[1]

London United route 281 to Tolworth (cropped).jpg
OperatorLondon United
Peak vehicle requirement25
Night-time24-hour service
StartHounslow bus station


On 3 June 2006, route 281 became the 100th night bus service in London, when a 24-hour service introduced.[2]

Upon being re-tendered, Transdev London retained the route with a new contract commencing on 4 July 2009.[3] London United again retained the route with a new contract commencing on 5 July 2014.[4]

Spenhill, Tesco's development arm, has said it will provide funding to extend the route slightly into a new interchange at Tolworth station to serve the new housing development on the old Toby Jug site.[5]

Current routeEdit

London United Alexander RH bodied Volvo Olympian in Hounslow in September 1998

Route 281 operates via these main locations:[6]


In July 2005, shortly after the 7 July 2005 London bombings, the route was the subject of a hoax bomb threat.[7]


  1. ^ Tender News BusTalk (Go-Ahead London) issue 26 February 2014
  2. ^ "Mayor announces 100th night bus service in London". Transport for London. 30 May 2006. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
  3. ^ "No changes in latest London bus tenders". Transport Xtra. 9 January 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
  4. ^ Contract Routes Retained London United
  5. ^ "Only 13 per cent of Tesco homes affordable". Surrey Comet. p. 2.
  6. ^ Route 281 Map Transport for London
  7. ^ "Bomb hoaxer called police after 7/7 attacks". This is Local London. 23 July 2005. Retrieved 8 February 2011.

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