London Buses route 1


Operator London General
Garage Mandela Way (MW)[1]
Vehicle Volvo B7TL 10.6m / Wright Eclipse Gemini [2]
Peak vehicle requirement 17 [3]
Night-time Night Bus N1
Start Canada Water station
Via South Bermondsey
Bricklayer's Arms
Elephant & Castle
End Tottenham Court Road station

London Buses route 1 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Canada Water and Tottenham Court Road stations, it is operated by London General.


AEC Routemaster on The Strand in June 1981

Route 1 was one of the first motorbus routes to be introduced in London. It was in operation by November 1908. Despite subsequent route changes, it continues to serve part of its original route, between Elephant & Castle and Aldwych.[4]

On 3 October 2009, East Thames Buses was sold to London General, which included a five-year contract to operate route 1.[5][6][7][8] It is operated out of Mandela Way garage with a peak vehicle requirement of 17 buses.[9]

Current route

The current route is not the same as the route of the first omnibus service in London, started in 1829 by George Shillibeer. Route 1 operates via these primary locations:[10]


  1. Ken Carr (2015). The London Bus Guide. Visions International.
  2. Ken Carr (2015). The London Bus Guide. Visions International.
  3. Ken Carr (2015). The London Bus Guide. Visions International.
  4. London's oldest bus routes - The London Magazine
  5. Go-Ahead Acquires East Thames Buses Go-Ahead Group 30 July 2009 Archived July 22, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. Go-Ahead buys East Thames Buses Bus & Coach Professional 3 August 2009 Archived May 24, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. East Thames Buses Archived May 24, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Go-Ahead London
  8. Bus tender results Route 1/N1 Transport for London 1 July 2009
  9. Carr, Ken (May 2015). The London Bus Guide (5 ed.). Boreham: Visions International Entertainment. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0.
  10. Route 1 Map Transport for London
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