|35px London Buses|
|Operated by||London General|
|Vehicle||Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini|
|PVR †|| Monday to Friday: 16VWL|
|Start||Tottenham Court Road Station|
|Via|| Elephant & Castle|
|End||Canada Water Station|
|Length||6 miles (9 km)|
|Frequency||About every 8 minutes|
|Journey time||28-50 minutes|
|Day||6:00am until 1:00am|
|Night||Night Bus N1|
|Adult single fares|
| † peak vehicle requirement|
Transport for London •
Route 1 once ran from Willesden to Lewisham, and more recently provided part of the service between Lewisham and Bromley. However it has since retracted at both ends, largely without direct replacement. At one point, the terminus was the now-closed County Terrace Tavern pub on the New Kent Road, until an accident in which a bus fell into the collapsed cellar of the pub. The new night equivalent, N1, goes off in a completely different direction, to Thamesmead.
Although essentially now a south London route, it was won late in 1998 by First Capital, a company from North East London, which operated it from a base in distant Dagenham. The route was later re-allocted a bit nearer home at Hackney.
Changes connected with the Jubilee Line Extension in 1999 saw the 199 withdrawn between Surrey Quays and Elephant & Castle. Once again the 1 became the only route serving South Bermondsey on an East-West axis, the theory being that passengers would transfer to the Jubilee Line. They did not, and severe overcrowding resulted at peak times on this section. Extra buses had to be introduced; these were provided by a variety of operators, but notably Blue Triangle. They were eventually absorbed into the main schedule by First Capital itself.
Meanwhile, London Buses owned East Thames Buses found itself needing to re-locate from Ash Grove to make way for the new bendy buses on the 38, and a suitable base was found in Southwark. However, most of the Ash Grove routes were well away from Southwark, so it made sense for a swaparound of routes to occur, and ETB’s routes north of the Thames (128 and 150) were put out to tender while they assumed the 1/N1.
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