35px London Buses
Operated by East London
Garage Leyton
Vehicle Dennis Trident 2 10.5m/Alexander ALX400
PVR 18
Start Whipps Cross
Via Clapton
Angel, Islington
End St Bartholomew's Hospital
Length 8 miles (12 km)
Level Daily
Frequency About every 8 minutes
Journey time 36-64 minutes
Day 4:00am until 12:30am
Night No night service
Adult single fares
Oyster 90p
Cash £2.00
peak vehicle requirement
Transport for LondonPerformance

London Buses route 56 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, United Kingdom. The service is currently contracted to East London.


The 56 commenced operation on 24 February 1990 as a daily route between Whipps Cross and West Smithfield (Barts Hospital) via Leyton, Lea Bridge Road, Clapton, Dalston, Angel, Islington and Goswell Road. It was in principle, a conversion to one-person operation of the outer end of route 38, it also replaced sections of route 48 between Dalston and Clapton, route 55 between Bakers Arms and Whipps Cross as well as route 277 between Dalston, Angel and Smithfield. This was the fourth time, the route number 56 had been used on motor bus route in London.

The 56 commenced operation amid some controversy, as passengers of the 38 to Leyton, which the 56 replaced, were not happy with the curtailment at Clapton Pond of the 38, which had served Lea Bridge Road since 1912.

As from 25 September 1993, there was a slight diversion of the 56 to serve the Barbican, at the same time, the late evening and Sunday services were curtailed at Angel, Islington.

Current routeEdit

Route departing Whipps CrossEdit

Route departing St Bartholomew's HospitalEdit


Previous route 56s in LondonEdit

The route number 56 had been used three times prior to its current use.

There were also in London:

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

List of bus routes in London

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