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London Buses route 43 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Friern Barnet and London Bridge station, it is operated by Metroline.

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Metroline VW1255 on Route 43, London Bridge.jpg
Overview
OperatorMetroline
GarageHolloway (HT) [1]
VehicleVolvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2
Volvo B7TL 10.6m / Plaxton President[1]
Peak vehicle requirement33[1]
Night-time24-hour service[1]
Route
StartFriern Barnet
ViaMuswell Hill
Archway
Holloway
Angel
Moorgate
EndLondon Bridge station

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HistoryEdit

Route 43 commenced operating in August 1912 as a daily route between Archway station and London Bridge station via Holloway Road, Upper Street, Angel, City Road, Moorgate, Bank station and London Bridge, and was quickly extended to Muswell Hill Broadway via East Finchley and Fortis Green Road.[2]

The route along which the 43 operates was designated as London's first Red Route bus priority scheme in 1992.[3] In late 1999 the route became one of the first in London to be operated by low-floor double-deck buses, when new Plaxton President bodied Dennis Trident 2s were introduced.[4]

In September 2006, a bus operating route 43 caught fire. No passengers were injured as the bus driver had evacuated the vehicle.[5]

In July 2019, Alexander Dennis Enviro400 bodied BYD electric buses entered service on the route.[6][7][8]

VariantsEdit

In 1992 a peak hour route X43 was introduced to supplement route 43 in connection with the Red Route bus priority scheme introduced at the time. It used specially liveried Scania N113 double-deckers branded as Red Express. London Northern, the subsidiary of London Buses which had taken over operation of the route in 1989, stated that passenger numbers along the route increased by 8,700 in the year following its introduction.[3][9]

In popular cultureEdit

An Alexander Dennis Enviro400 operating on route 43 was used in the 2007 film The Bourne Ultimatum.[10]

Route 43 is mentioned in the song Bros by North London alternative rock band Wolf Alice. A route 43 bus is shown at the very end of the music video for the song.[11]

Current routeEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Carr, Ken. The London Bus Guide. Visions International Entertainment. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0.
  2. ^ Young, John (1977). Great Northern Suburban. David & Charles. p. 66. ISBN 071537477X.
  3. ^ a b McLachlan, Tom (1995). London Buses 1985-1995: Managing The Change. Venture Publications. pp. 54, 60. ISBN 1-898432-74-0.
  4. ^ Delahoy, Richard (January 2000). "Low-floors in London". Buses. Ian Allan Publishing (538): 18–21.
  5. ^ "Amazing escape for bus passengers as double decker bursts into flames". Daily Mail. 7 September 2006.
  6. ^ "BYD ADL PARTNERSHIP CONTINUES THE ELECTRIC REVOLUTION IN LONDON WITH BIGGEST PART OF LONDON'S FIRST ORDER FOR PURE ELECTRIC DOUBLE DECKERS". 20 June 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  7. ^ All Electric Double Decker Buses Delivered to London BYD 2 July 2019
  8. ^ London: First electric BYD double deckers arrive electrive.com 3 July 2019
  9. ^ Brown, Stewart J (November 1995). Buses in Britain 2: The Mid Nineties. Capital Transport. p. 156. ISBN 1-85414-181-3.
  10. ^ Brown, Peter (August 2007). "When buses must pass the screen test". Buses. Ian Allan Publishing (629): 30–32.
  11. ^ Bros Song Facts
  12. ^ Route 43 Map Transport for London

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