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London Buses route 59 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Streatham Hill and Euston bus station London Buses for Euston station London Underground London Overground National Rail, it is operated by Arriva London.

Arriva bus route 59.jpg
OperatorArriva London
VehicleNew Routemaster[1]
StartStreatham Hill
EndRussell Square



Route 59 was introduced in 1999 in order to replace part of route 109 and also provide a service between Streatham and Euston station. It was and still is contracted to Arriva London.[2]

On 10 November 2007 the route was extended from Euston to King's Cross. The move, which was intended to provide a direct link between Waterloo and St Pancras stations, coincided with the relocation of the Eurostar terminal.[3]

On 29 June 2019, the route was withdrawn from Euston and Kings Cross King's Cross. [4] On the front of the buses, and on the iBus, it is announced as terminating at Russell Square, and sometimes Euston

In 2007, the route was used by two residents of Brixton as the starting point for a journey around the world using any method of transport except the aeroplane.[5]

On 20 December 2013, thirty people were injured when the driver of a route 59 bus (a DAF DB250LF with Wright Pulsar Gemini body, fleet number DW84[6] and registered as LJ04LFX) swerved to avoid a vehicle and hit a tree in Kennington.[6][7][8][9] Seven people were seriously injured.[10]

New Routemasters were introduced on 22 March 2016. The rear platform remains closed at all times except from when the bus is at bus stops.[1]

Current routeEdit


  1. ^ a b "Arriva London's route 59 converts to New Routemasters". Arriva London. 23 March 2016.
  2. ^ Route 59 (third) Archived 14 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Route 59 extended to St Pancras and King's Cross Transport for London 30 October 2007
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  5. ^ "Around the world in anything but a plane". Daily Mail. 5 March 2007. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  6. ^ a b Kerr, Sarah (20 December 2013). "At least 20 injured, two critical, after south London bus crashes into tree". Metro. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  7. ^ "London Bus Crash Leaves 32 Passengers Injured". Sky News. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  8. ^ Saul, Heather (20 December 2013). "Kennington bus crash: 32 injured after double decker hits tree in south London". Independent. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  9. ^ Prynne, Miranda; Payton, Matthew (20 December 2013). "Seven people seriously injured and 25 others hurt in Kennington Road bus crash". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  10. ^ "London bus crash: Seven people seriously injured". BBC News. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  11. ^ Route 59 Map Transport for London

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