|35px London Buses|
|Operated by||East London|
|Vehicle||Dennis Trident 2 10.5m/Alexander ALX400|
|End||St Bartholomew's Hospital|
|Length||8 miles (12 km)|
|Frequency||About every 8 minutes|
|Journey time||36-64 minutes|
|Day||4:00am until 12:30am|
|Night||No night service|
|Adult single fares|
| † peak vehicle requirement|
Transport for 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.
Previous route 56s in LondonEdit
The route number 56 had been used three times prior to its current use.
- In 1911 - 1913 for a Elephant & Castle <to> Chingford**(Warren Wood House) (Sundays Only) via London Bridge, Shoreditch, Dalston, Clapton, Leyton, Whipps Cross, Woodford Green Route 56 **1911 Terminology
- In 1913 - 1969 for a Tottenham Hale*, Finsbury Park*, Mile End* <to> Millwall Docks via Stamford Hill, Clapton, Hackney Route 56 *Termini varied
- In 1980 - 1987 for a Isle of Dogs <to> Aldgate Route 56
There were also in London:
- Between 1913 - 1923 a Willesden Green <to> Canons Park*, Tram route 56
- Between 1913 - 1951 a Peckham Rye <to> Waterloo Bridge*, Embankment* Tram route 56 *Termini varied
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