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London Buses route 55 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Leyton Green and Oxford Circus, it is operated by Stagecoach London.

Stagecoach London LT379 on Route 55, Clapton Pond (16063247983).jpg
New Routemaster on route 55
OperatorStagecoach London
VehicleNew Routemaster
Peak vehicle requirement40[1]
Night-timeNight Bus N55
StartLeyton Green
ViaHackney Central
EndOxford Circus


The route number 55 came from tram 55, replaced by trolleybus 555, which had run between Old Street and Hackney.[2]

In 1990, the section of the route that linked Leyton and Oxford Circus was withdrawn. It was reinstated in 1997 after a campaign by Waltham Forest residents.[3]

Stagecoach London successfully retained route 55 with a new contract starting on 27 February 2010 and a further contract starting on 28 February 2015.[4][5]

New Routemasters were introduced on 28 February 2015. The rear platform remains closed at all times except for when the bus is at bus stops.[6]


  1. ^ "History of Stagecoach London". Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  2. ^ Craig, Zoe (15 September 2016). "How Do London's Buses Get Their Numbers?". Londonist.
  3. ^ "Campaign hails bus and bike safety record on 'congested' Lea Bridge Road after no accidents since 2005". East London and West Sussex Guardian. 30 November 2016.
  4. ^ 2010 Bus Tender Result Transport For London
  5. ^ 2015 Bus Tender Result Transport For London
  6. ^ "Route 55 and 15 to be served by New Routemaster buses". 26 January 2015.

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