|Peak vehicle requirement||17|
|Night-time||Night Bus N1|
|Start||Canada Water bus station|
Elephant & Castle
|End||Tottenham Court Road|
Route 1 was one of the first motorbus routes to be introduced in London. It was in operation by November 1908. By the time the London Passenger Transport Board took over its operations in 1933, it operated from Willesden garage to Lewisham. In June 1956, the Willesden to Marylebone station section was replaced by route 176.
On 3 October 2009, East Thames Buses was sold to London General, which included a five-year contract to operate route 1. London General commenced a further contract on 1 October 2016. It is operated out of New Cross garage with a peak vehicle requirement of 17 Wright Gemini 3 buses.
Route 1 operates via these primary locations:
- Canada Water bus station
- Surrey Quays
- Southwark Park Warndon Street
- South Bermondsey
- Bricklayers Arms
- New Kent Road
- Elephant & Castle station
- St George's Circus
- Waterloo station
- South Bank
- Waterloo Bridge
- Holborn station
- Tottenham Court Road station
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- London's oldest bus routes The London Magazine 30 March 2010
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- Bus tender results Route 1/N1 Transport for London 1st July 2009
- Carr, Ken (May 2015). The London Bus Guide (5 ed.). Boreham: Visions International Entertainment. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0.
- "Tender News" Bus Talk issue 40 page 11
- Routes Go-Ahead London
- Route 1 Map Transport for London
- Media related to London Buses route 1 at Wikimedia Commons