No return yet for heritage route

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London’s traditional AEC Routemaster-operated route 15H is not currently operating due to Covid-19 and there are no plans for its return, TfL says. The 15H has been run by Stagecoach London for TfL, operating between Trafalgar Square and Tower Hill since the demise of Routemasters in normal service in November 2005.

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[/wlm_nonmember] [wlm_ismember] A further route, launched the same day and operated by First, was the 9H from Trafalgar Square to the Royal Albert Hall. Five buses operated on each route seven days a week from 0930hrs to 1730hrs, the buses being Marshall-refurbished Routemasters with Allison gearboxes and Cummins engines. The vehicles remained in TfL ownership.

Heritage Route 9 was cancelled in July 2014 and the 15H reduced to summer weekends and bank holidays only from 1 March 2019. Some of the buses had been refurbished by Hants & Dorset trim, with their interiors restored to largely original specification. The 15H hasn’t run at all this year, however.

TfL spokesperson Phillipa Crofts said: “We suspended the 15H during the coronavirus pandemic, which is still ongoing, and don’t currently have a confirmed date for when it will return to service.”