London Buses route 453
Elephant & Castle
frequency=About every 7-8 minutes
London Buses route 453 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London. England. The service is currently contracted to London General. [ [http://www.londonbusroutes.net/changes.htm#67 London bus routes — service changes ] ]
The 453 was formed from London Buses route 53 on 15 February 2003. the weekend that the London congestion charge began. It was run by Stagecoach London .
The 453 operates from Deptford to Marylebone. with Citaro O530G s, known as «Bendy buses «, although standard double deckers had to be used for the first four weeks as Мерседес-бенз could not deliver enough in time.
The 453 has taken a lot of pressure off of the 53. The 453 originally started from the first busy single stop on the 53, at Deptford, outside Addey and Stanhope School. then follows the 53 via New Cross. New Cross Gate. Old Kent Road. Bricklayers Arms. Elephant & Castle. St. George’s Circus. Westminster. to Whitehall. then Regent Street. Oxford Street. Great Portland Street. Regent’s Park and to Marylebone. The section north of Oxford Circus was a new service designed to create a new south — west link at Regent’s Park Underground station .
The buses were based at Selkent ‘s Plumstead garage, as is the 53, which is obviously a long way off route and results in a lot of empty runПing. An unfortunate situation arose because the originally planned terminus at Deptford’s Seager development (by Deptford Bridge DLR station ) was delayed for three years. As there was nowhere else suitable to turn the buses round, buses ran empty all the way to and from Lewisham (Jerrard Street) to turn round and stand. This meant 2 or 3 buses were tied up all day just runПing to and fro empty. Selkent proposed to extend the whole service to Catford garage, where the route would have been based, but buses are now able to turn around at Deptford.
This was the second of the «bendy bus» routes to operate out of Zone one (after the 436; the 507 and 521 were the first bendy buses, operating from 5th June 2002). In common with all bendy routes in London, it is a ticket less route — which is to say, tickets are not issued by the driver. Anecdotal evidence suggests that fare evasion rates are quite high despite more intensive ticket checking than normal, sometimes backed up by the Metropolitan Police stopping a whole bus and then checking everyone’s tickets. Indeed, in an interview with James Righton of New Cross musical act Klaxons in NME ‘s Student Guide released in October 2006, he encouraged readers to take the «45free» bus — a clear reference to the easily avoidable fare. [ [http://www.exacteditions.com/exact/browse/372/398/1600/2/40?dps= NME Student Guide 2006 ] ]
A surprising change from 15 January 2005 was the reduction of the Monday to Friday frequency from every 6 minutes to every 8 minutes, although there are a couple of extra peak hour journeys. This was mainly to free up 5 Citaros for route 25 for East London. which is even busier.
A large section of the route of the 453 parallels the Bakerloo line (Marylebone, Oxford Circus, Elephant and Castle etc.) and is very useful at times when the Bakerloo line is suspended due to engineering works.
Operation of route 453 was transferred to London General on 16 February 2008. with a new batch of Citaros, which have the new Euro 4 style front and rear ends.
Route departing Deptford
* New Cross station