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London Buses route 343 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between New Cross Gate and City Hall, it is operated by Abellio London.

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London bus route 343, Abellio.jpg
Overview
OperatorLondon Central
PredecessorsRoute P3
Night-timeNight bus N343
Route
StartNew Cross Gate
ViaBrockley
Peckham
Elephant & Castle
London Bridge
EndCity Hall

Contents

HistoryEdit

When re-tendered, the route passed to Travel London's Walworth garage on 21 September 2005 with Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs introduced.[1][2]

Route 343 was included in the May 2009 sale of Travel London to Abellio London.[3][4] Abellio London successfully tendered to retain the route with a new contract commencing on 5 May 2011.[5]

In June 2010, the route was revealed to be amongst the ten worst performing in London.[6] Two additional morning peak journeys were introduced on 12 June 2010 with the intention of solving the problems; performance improved as a result, although the route continued to receive complaints.[7]

A proposal to increase the frequency of the route was announced by Transport for London in November 2010.[8]

At 08:22 on 17 March 2012, a route 343 caught fire on Pepys Road, New Cross. The fire was put out by 09:20 and there were no injuries.[9]

Current routeEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bus tender results Route 343/N343 Transport for London 9 March 2005
  2. ^ Aldridge, John (May 2005). "Another change as NatEx gains the 188". Buses. Ian Allan Publishing (602): 20.
  3. ^ National Express Group plc agreement to sell Travel London Archived 2 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine National Express Group 21 May 2009
  4. ^ NedRailways acquisition reinforces long term commitment to UK transport market Archived 18 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine NedRailways 9 June 2009
  5. ^ Bus tender results Route 343/N343 Transport for London 2 June 2010
  6. ^ 262 London's worst performing bus route - top 10 revealed Archived 17 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine London Daily News 11 June 2010
  7. ^ Val Shawcross: TfL insist 343 improving as passengers still left waiting Archived 29 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ C10 retains its place in league table of most complained about bus routes in London London-se1 26 November 2010
  9. ^ Passengers escape double decker bus fire BBC News 17 March 2012

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