Bus service proposal: route 9

Closed 7 Mar 2014

Opened 23 Jan 2014

Results updated 29 May 2014

Thank you for taking part in our recent consultation on our proposal to withdraw the heritage service on route 9 that uses traditional Routemaster buses.

After considering all the responses and the views expressed we have decided to proceed with our proposal and withdraw this service after operation on Friday, 25 July 2014.

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The London bus network is kept under regular review. As part of this, we develop proposals for changes to services.

Why your views matter

We proposed to withdraw the journeys on route 9 that operate with traditional Routemaster buses.

Bus Route 9 - Hammersmith to Aldwych

Route 9 operates between Hammersmith and Aldwych broadly at the following frequencies


  • Monday to Saturday daytimes - Every 6 minutes (5 minutes at peak times)
  • Evenings and Sundays – Every 10 minutes


In addition, there are journeys that operate between Kensington High Street and Trafalgar Square using traditional Routemaster buses. Buses run every 20 minutes between approximately 0930 and 1830 daily and serve a number of tourist attractions.

Usage on this additional service is limited and relatively expensive to operate.

We therefore proposed to withdraw the journeys on route 9 operated by traditional Routemaster buses in July 2014.

The fully accessible New Routemaster buses were introduced on the main service on route 9 in October 2013, on which there is spare capacity to absorb those passengers currently using the journeys between Kensington High Street and Trafalgar Square.

Traditional Routemaster buses will continue to operate on route 15 between Trafalgar Square and the Tower of London.

This consultation is part of the process which fulfils the requirement for TfL to consult under Section 183 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999.



  • Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Kensington & Chelsea
  • Westminster


  • Stakeholders


  • Bus route 9