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London Buses route 360

London Buses route 360 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Royal Albert Hall and Elephant & Castle, it is operated by London Central.

London Central WHY6 on Route 360, Vauxhall.jpg
OperatorLondon Central
StartRoyal Albert Hall
Sloane Square
EndElephant & Castle


The route was the first in London to use hybrid electric buses, with six vehicles built by Wrightbus, branded Electrocity, entering service in February 2006.[1] The trial was announced in March 2005; route 360 was chosen as it is one of few single-deck routes to operate in central London.[2] Six diesel buses were operated alongside the hybrids for comparison.[3] The hybrids were temporarily withdrawn shortly after their introduction following problems with engine overheating.[4]

In November 2009, it was announced that London Central had successfully tendered to retain the route, which would be converted to full hybrid operation using a mixture of new and existing vehicles from 23 January 2010, the first route to use only hybrid vehicles.[5][6] In August 2014, new passenger information screens were introduced on one bus on the route.[7][8][9]

The hybrid buses were replaced by electric BYD K9 single-deckers with Alexander Dennis Enviro200 MMC bodywork in November 2017.[10]


  1. ^ ""Cleaner, greener" buses for route 360". London SE1 community site. 7 February 2006.
  2. ^ "First Electrocity order for Wrightbus". Bus & Coach Magazine. 18 March 2005. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Red buses go green in London". 8 February 2006.
  4. ^ Milmo, Dan (26 October 2006). "London plans hybrid bus fleet to cut carbon emissions". The Guardian.
  5. ^ Aldridge, John (November 2009). "Route 360 to go 100% hybrid in latest contract shake-up". Buses. Ian Allan Publishing (656): 16–17.
  6. ^ "Route E1 - award announced 14 September 2009". Transport for London. 14 September 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  7. ^ Hopping, Clare (7 August 2014). "TfL to trial WiFi on Number 12 and RV1 London buses". Recombu. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  8. ^ Worth, Dan (6 August 2014). "TfL will trial bus WiFi and digital seat data displays". V3. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  9. ^ "WiFi trial on RV1 bus route". London SE1. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
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