London Buses route 45

London Buses route 45 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Clapham Park and Elephant & Castle, it is operated by Abellio London.

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Overview
OperatorAbellio London
GarageWalworth
VehicleAlexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC
Peak vehicle requirement21 (November 2017)
Began service1 October 1950
Former operator(s)London Central
Route
StartClapham Park
ViaBrixton
Camberwell Green
EndElephant & Castle

HistoryEdit

Route 45 was introduced on 1 October 1950 as a replacement for trolleybus route 34 between Battersea and Farringdon Street via Clapham Junction, Clapham Common, Stockwell, Brixton, Camberwell Green, Elephant & Castle and Blackfriars Bridge.[1] It was operated by AEC Routemasters.[2] On 17 January 1951 it was extended from Battersea to South Kensington station. On 1 February 1961, the route was extended from Farringdon Street to Hampstead Heath via Grays Inn Road and King's Cross replacing trolleybus route 513. On 8 January 1972, it was withdrawn between King's Cross and Hampstead and replaced by route 46. On 28 October 1978, the route was extended from King's Cross to Archway station.[3]

On 3 August 1985, route 45 was converted to one man operation with the AEC Routemasters replaced by Leyland Titans.[4]

Having been operated by London Central out of Camberwell garage since first tendered in 1987,[5] on 11 November 2017 it was taken over by Abellio London's Walworth garage with Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMCs introduced.[6][7][8] On 15 June 2019, the route was withdrawn between King's Cross and Elephant & Castle.[9]

Current routeEdit

Route 45 operates via these primary locations:[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Taylor, Hugh (1994). London Trolleybus Routes. Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. ISBN 9781854141552.
  2. ^ Blacker, Ken (1995). Routemaster Volume One 1954–1969. Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. ISBN 978-185414-178-1.
  3. ^ Warren, Kenneth (1986). The Motorbus in Central London. Shepperton: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 0 7110 1568 6.
  4. ^ Blacker, Ken (2007). Routemaster Volume Two 1970–2005. Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. ISBN 978-185414-303-7.
  5. ^ Stagecoach loses out to Go-Ahead Buses issue 746 May 2017 page 22
  6. ^ London tender round reveals new wage of hybrids Coach & Bus Week issue 1282 14 March 2017 page 8
  7. ^ Tender News Bus Talk issue 45 April 2017 page 10
  8. ^ New TfL contract for route 45 Abellio London 14 November 2017
  9. ^ Permanent Bus Changes 12 April 2019 to 30 June 2019 Transport for London
  10. ^ Route 45 Map Transport for London

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