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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

TfL has instructed all London bus operators to run a Saturday service on all day routes on weekdays from Monday 23 March until further notice, and a weeknight service on night routes at weekends with no weekend-only 24hr routes running at night. School bus routes will still operate. Furthermore, from Monday 30 March some day routes will switch to a Sunday service. This is to reflect reduced passenger demand and reduced staff availability, both as a result of COVID-19. Bringing in revised Mon-Fri schedules, which would be the ideal solution, would take several weeks to organise, and in any case the situation is rapidly evolving, so this is a pragmatic first step.

However, a few points should be noted:

  • Nominally, weeknight services remain on normal weeknight times, but in practice many, especially on 24hr routes, will operate a Saturday night/Sunday morning service on all nights except Sunday night/Monday morning due to scheduling links with day services. Details of which routes are affected are not available.
  • Some routes may not be able to run a Saturday daytime service for the same reason.
  • The Saturday schedule represents a hefty cut in both frequency and running time during the morning peak. Therefore, services are likely to be very crowded and unreliable at this time of day.

    The following is the provisional list of routes to operate Sunday services every day from Monday 30 March. Essentially these are the routes where the cut in daytime service is not too severe, where there are alternative parallel services, and where the first buses are at similar times to a weekday, though there are some anomalies.

    TfL Routes: 1 2 3 5 6 7 8 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 19 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 34 36 37 38 43 49 52 55 56 57 58 59 60 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 81 85 86 87 88 92 93 94 96 97 98 100 101 102 105 106 107 109 111 113 114 115 119 120 122 131 133 134 137 139 140 141 144 145 147 148 149 155 156 157 158 159 163 168 170 171 176 177 182 183 185 188 189 195 199 200 205 207 208 209 211 213 214 219 220 221 222 236 237 242 243 249 250 253 254 257 259 260 261 262 263 264 266 269 270 271 272 274 276 277 279 280 281 282 285 295 297 309 316 319 321 322 323 328 329 332 333 337 340 341 343 344 345 349 350 360 363 381 386 388 390 396 414 422 425 427 430 432 436 452 453 460 466 469 472 473 474 476 483 488 D7 E1 E2 E3 E6 E8 H25 U7 W3 W7 W8 X26 X140 run a Sunday service. School routes continue to operate normal times where required, but may stop operating if the schools they serve are fully closed. All other routes continue to operate a Saturday service for now, as above.

  • As above, it is possible that the actual list will be different due to scheduling considerations.
  • Associated night routes are likely to run a Sunday night/Monday morning service - in many case this is the same as a Monday to Thursday night/Tuesday to Friday morning service anyway.
  • Some of the 24hr services listed above change from night to day later on a Sunday morning, and it is not known if a bank holiday schedule will run to fill the gap.
  • Most of these routes will have some (initially unscheduled) extras during the morning peak (including at weekends!). Times are not available and in most cases will only be 1-2 buses per hour so will not integrate with the existing timetable to provide a seamless service.
  • As with the Saturday service, there is a substantial cut in running time, but the morning peak period is likely still to be busier than a Sunday so there may be reliability issues.
  • Non-TfL routes are also likely to be affected - please check with the individual bus operators - many have published special timetables on their websites. I am not currently planing to replicate these here.
  • As a matter of interest, London Underground are introducing special timetables with cuts of up to 50% in the peaks hours. The same frequency will operate all day every day; in most cases this is every 4 minutes over the majority of the line, with the exception of the sub-surface lines which are less frequent on the various branches.
  • This unofficial website was set up in summer 2000 to provide comprehensive information on bus routes in the greater London area, principally the network operated under contract to London Bus Services Limited (LBSL).

    There are five main sections:
    Bus routes and operational details
    Service changes
    Operator and Garage list
    including contact information
    Photo Gallery

    Christmas and New Year travel arrangements 2019-2020 Retained for reference

    Timetables: This page is designed to be suitable for viewing on smartphones. The HTML timetables are being revamped, which should fix the smartphone column alignment issue; the majority have now been done, but a few still remain in the old format.

    Traditional matrix timetables are available either on this link or via either the routes or operational details pages. Click here for a directory listing of files on the server (in order of date loaded).

    On PDF timetables, versions of the file may be identified by revision codes alongside the date. The original will have the date only, but subsequent editions will have appended to this either of the following: (A) for amended (corrected times, missing trips etc.), and (R) for reprint (generally cosmetic changes, or minor errors such as headings or place names). This will be followed by a number for second and subsequent revisions of the same type. T denotes a temporary timetable.
    From 16.7.11 onwards, an additional D code is introduced for diversions where there is no change to the timetable other than that some timing points are altered or omitted. Additionally, for diversions and reversions (i.e. at the end of a temporary timetable or diversion) the original schedule date will be included in parenthesis along with an A or R as appropriate if there have been changes since the last published version of that date.

    [External site] Timetable Graveyard with most timetables that have been on this site, back to about 2004. Most of these (and current) timetables are also available in Excel format on request – please enquire for further information.

    [External site] Working Timetables Schedules obtained under Freedom of Information Act. Official TfL source (current schedules only)

    Current stop specific timetables are available via the Timetables link under Advanced Options on the TfL Journey Planner.

    See below for General Information and Links.

    Disclaimer: Although every effort will be made to keep the information contained in this site correct and up-to-date, no liability will be accepted for any consequences of any errors contained herein. Also, this is not an official site either of "London Transport" (Transport for London) or any of the operators! Most of the information contained herein is available to the general public elsewhere, but has come from a wide variety of sources, and the reason for this site is to get it all into one convenient place.

    General Information

    This site is maintained by Robert Munster. The pages were originally designed using Microsoft Internet Explorer 2, and hopefully therefore should appear fine in practically any browser, but if you find anything amiss, or if you have any other comments, corrections or suggestions relating to this website*, let me know on robert @ londonbusroutes.net† and I'll see what I can do. I normally reply to or acknowledge anything important‡ – if you don't hear anything within about a week, that probably means your message has got lost somewhere in the post, so you had better re-send it. On the other hand, please note that it may be several days before I read your email, so if you have an urgent enquiry please send it directly to the appropriate people.

    * Please note that this is an independent website and is not affiliated with Transport for London or any of the bus operators, and that I do not operate any buses myself. I cannot deal with lost property enquiries or complaints about services – please contact the operator of your route and/or TfL (see the Contacts page). Also, I do not purport to provide a bespoke travel information service – London travel enquiries would be better directed to TfL (see www.tfl.gov.uk or telephone 0343 222 1234 - 24hrs). The National Bus Travel Line covering all of the UK can be contacted on 0871 200 2233 or www.traveline.org.uk.
    ATOC's National Rail Enquiries can be obtained by ringing 08457 484950 or www.nationalrail.co.uk, although I am told that you can actually now obtain more accurate British train information from the German Railways site!

    † If you are wondering why I have just formatted this blue and underlined instead of making it a convenient hyperlink, it is to stop click-happy people sending emails off without giving them a think. By all means email me, but, please, only once you have read the above notes – thanks!

    ‡ Commercial advertising is not considered important in this context.

    Use of information: Any appropriate use of information contained on this site is encouraged, provided that it is not altered, or quoted in such a way as to misrepresent the contents. Copying of information and files to other websites is not recommended, as there are regular updates here, so this is likely to result in out-of-date information being posted. File names are generally static, so a direct link to the original source is the best way.

    Notice – impersonation: A number of people in the industry have contacted me after being emailed by someone using my name, asking for internal documentation such as bus run out sheets. If you receive such an email it is obviously up to you whether to respond, but please be aware that these emails are not from me. I only use two email addresses, and those who are in regular contact with me know what they are. If in doubt, please check using one of these, or the contact address shown on this page (which is a forwarding address). I would in any case only ever ask for information for publication on this site. I also do not "cold call" anyone, and only ask for information from established contacts.

    Links

    You need look no further than
    The Bus Station
    The Bus Station
    by Steve Annells.

    Maps
    This site contains descriptions and road by road listings for all routes, but it is often helpful to have a geographical bus map to visualise just where it is that routes run.
    Quickmap is ideal for visitors or anyone else travelling around the inner London area. The map is of an innovative design, making it easy to follow where routes go, and also contains useful tourist information. There is a bus only map and a version with railways included, and both are compact for ease of deployment. There are also maps for a few other areas and future developments may see expansion of areas covered. One-on-one map also available via Map Vendor (including online version).
    Mike Harris’s Greater London Bus Map is an excellent companion to this site, and is based on the traditional London Transport design. It is ideal for enthusiasts, covering the whole of London and including school and commercial bus routes, all drawn with unprecedented accuracy. A range of historical maps has also been published, along with a night bus map, and the site also contains the full set of official panel timetables from London Buses, in PDF (though these do not cover most of TfL's own routes!).
    You can view some of the maps online, but please buy a hard copy to ensure the authors keep up the good work!

    London Local Transport Maps – a project providing detailed local transport maps.
    TfL official spider maps (including where to board your bus plans).

    Live London bus map – a whole new concept!
    Bus times – Similar concept for selected operators outside London New link

    These sites also contain route lists, but with different emphases:
    London Bus Routes by Ian Armstrong has histories for many London routes.
    London’s Busroutes homepage.
    London Buses, one bus at a time.
    London Bus Times Timetables Routes Designed to make it easier for students to find bus timetables.

    For all the latest bus news from London and the immediate area:
    The best site for general bus news is hosted by the London Omnibus Traction Society. Members of the society also receive a monthly newsletter (i.e. snail mail) packed with full information on all goings on. The following official TfL pages are also worth checking:
    Transport for London: note press centre, Permanent Bus Changes / Bus service changes, real time travel information, bus service consultation, route performance reports, and tender results.

    For tram news and views ...
    The unofficial Croydon Tramlink website by the late Stephen Parascandolo remains the premier resource, and/or the associated news/discussion group. Other sites include:
    LRTA Tramlink page.
    Tramlink page on Transport for London site.
    Tramlink Timetable information (part of this site).

    A random collection of other vaguely related sites that might be of interest, in no special order:
    London's Transport Museum.
    London street maps: various sites with different facilities exist: I can recommend Google maps, others are MapQuest, Multimap or Streetmap. Some also offer aerial photographs.
    The London Bus Page by Matthew Wharmby – one of the first internet sites about London buses.
    British Registrations article by me.
    London Omnibus Traction Society.
    The Omnibus Society.
    Ian's Bus Stop – detailed overview of London bus types.
    HarlowRide – all about buses in Harlow.
    Transport History – a selection of features and old photos from the London area.
    Doe's Directory of Bus Timetables and Enquiry Offices
    The Wandle Industrial Museum
    Visit By Train – A station-by-station guide to south east England.
    Greater London Photos photo site from James Fullick.
    Metrobus discussion group.
    London Transport “E” Plates including a brief history of each route and map lists.
    Routemasters – Last Stop! An interesting collection, by journalists.
    London Buses by Adam – another photo site.
    London Bus Scene photo distribution list (having moved from eGroups via Yahoo and Domeus to Google)
    Last Rounds – Site aimed at responsible drinking, including how to get home by public transport!
    Frixo – Road/motorway traffic reporting site.
    The Classic London Bus Society – organises trips to places of historical London bus interest.
    Bus Lists on the Web – Fleet information
    Bus and Coach Photos
    Circle of London – Includes bus garage photos and some manufacturer shots
    London Local Transport Maps
    London Transport Yahoo Group Discussion board covering all forms of transport in London and the interactions between them
    Bus Bunching Demonstrator
    The All Over London Bus Blog
    The Public Transport Experience Light hearted blog making some serious points about using public transport.
    Track map of London's railways, including closed lines
    London Vehicle Finder Innovative site using TfL's Countdown data feed to track buses.
    The London Transport Forum Discussion boards etc.
    Bus Routes in London Wiki
    Bakerloo Line extension to Lewisham – a critique of TfL's plans (article on this site)
    Explore Georeferenced maps - overlay modern with historic maps.
    The Leyland buses appeal - London Transport Museum needs your help to secure the future of three rare survivors of a bygone age.
    Rail Map Online - Geographical map of all current and former railways in the British Isles
    Live London Traffic Cameras - Real-time TfL JamCam Feeds
    Doug Rose - Information Designer and Technical Illustrator with much London bus relevance New link

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