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35px London Buses
44
Management
Operated by London General
Garage Merton
Vehicle Volvo B7TL 10m / Plaxton President
PVR 16
Route
Start Victoria
Via Battersea
Battersea Park
Wandsworth
End Tooting
Length 7 miles (11 km)
Service
Level Daily
Frequency About every 10-15 minutes
Journey time 37-68 minutes
Day 5:00am until 1:00am
Night Night bus N44
Adult single fares
Oyster 90p
Cash £2.00
peak vehicle requirement
Transport for LondonPerformance

London Buses route 44 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, United Kingdom. The service is currently contracted to London General.

HistoryEdit

Today's route 44 commenced operation on 1 October 1950 in Stage 1 of London Transport's Post-war "Buses for Trams" scheme, running as a daily service between Mitcham (Three Kings Pond) and London Bridge Station via Tooting, Wandsworth, Clapham Junction, Vauxhall and Borough Market, replacing tram route 12 which ran between Hop Exchange and Wandsworth and trolleybus route 612 between Battersea and Mitcham (Fair Green), both of which were withdrawn at the same time. The Mitcham terminus was changed to "The Cricketers" on 5 February 1952. As from 5 October 1952, a supplementary service running as Route 44A was introduced between Trafalgar Square and Mitcham (Cricketers) via Whitehall, Westminster Bridge and then via the 44 routing to Mitcham. This supplementary service only survived a few years and was withdrawn after service on 23 November 1958.

After the "Busmans Strike of 1958" passengers numbers fell dramatically and London Transport withdrew or curtailed many services. The 44 was affected at this time when as from 30 November 1958, it was extended on Sundays to Wallington via Carshalton to replace the 77B on Sundays only. It was further extended on Sundays, this time at the other end of the route, from London Bridge Station to Poplar (Blackwall Tunnel) via Aldgate as from 13 October 1963. This Sunday 44 only lasted a year, as the 44 was withdrawn between Mitcham and Wallington after service on 15 November 1964 being replaced by a new Sunday only route 115A. As from 17 January 1971 the route was further cut back on Sundays from Poplar (Blackwall Tunnel) to Aldgate.

As from 17 June 1972, the 44 was converted to one-person operation between Mitcham (Cricketers) and London Bridge Station via Tooting, Wandsworth and Vauxhall, with a Sunday extension over London Bridge to Aldgate. This routing remained stable for sixteen years until 27 November 1988, when the route received another Sunday extension, this time to Sutton Station.

From the late 1980s onwards, it became necessary to shorten routes to counter the effects of traffic congestion. The 44 fell victim to this as from 25 May 1991, when it was drastically shortened to run between Vauxhall and Tooting Station only. The section of route between Clapham Junction and London Bridge Station was covered by a new daily service, numbered 344.

In the most recent change, the 44 was re-routed as from 11 November 2006 at Battersea Park Road to run daily to Victoria via Queenstown Road, Chelsea Bridge, Ebury Bridge Road and Buckingham Palace Road, bringing the route number 44 back to Victoria after an absence of 67 years. The 44 is also covered by night route N44, which is extended at both ends, from Victoria to Aldwych and from Tooting to Sutton Station.

Current routeEdit

Route departing VictoriaEdit

Route departing Tooting StationEdit

Previous route 44s in LondonEdit

The route number 44 had been used six times prior to its current use.

There were also in London:

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit


List of bus routes in London

1-99 | 100-199 | 200-299 | 300-399 | 400-499 | 500-599 | 600-699 | Letter prefix | Night only

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