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On 3 June 2006, route 281 became the 100th night bus service in London, when a 24-hour service introduced.
Spenhill, Tesco's development arm, has said it will provide funding to extend the route slightly into a new interchange at Tolworth station to serve the new housing development on the old Toby Jug site.
Route 281 operates via these main locations:
- Hounslow bus station
- Hounslow station
- Whitton Admiral Nelson, Nelson Road
- Twickenham Stadium
- Twickenham station
- Twickenham King Street
- Twickenham Green Prince Albert, Hampton Road
- Fulwell Station (250m west)
- Teddington High Street
- Hampton Wick station
- Kingston Wood Street
- Kingston Cromwell Road bus station for Kingston station (southbound)
- Kingston station (northbound)
- Surbiton station
- Tender News BusTalk (Go-Ahead London) issue 26 February 2014
- "Mayor announces 100th night bus service in London". Transport for London. 30 May 2006. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
- "No changes in latest London bus tenders". Transport Xtra. 9 January 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
- Contract Routes Retained London United
- "Only 13 per cent of Tesco homes affordable". Surrey Comet. p. 2.
- Route 281 Map Transport for London
- "Bomb hoaxer called police after 7/7 attacks". This is Local London. 23 July 2005. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
- Media related to London Buses route 281 at Wikimedia Commons