|35px London Buses|
|Vehicle||Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President|
|PVR †|| Monday to Friday: 30VP|
|Via|| Kensal Rise|
|Length||6 miles (10 km)|
|Frequency||About every 6 minutes|
|Journey time||42-66 minutes|
|Adult single fares|
| † peak vehicle requirement|
Transport for London •
The 6 is a short route, but a high daytime frequency contributes to a substantial requirement for up to 30 buses in service at any time. It used to run through to Hackney Wick via what is now route 26, being cut into two at Aldwych in the July 1992 Central London scheme — unusually with no overlap. This means the west end of the route now has no access to the City, although links from Hackney and Cambridge Heath to the West End are still covered to some degree by route 55. The main reason was to remove the sharing of the route between Willesden and Ash Grove garages, which were in different divisions of London Buses, in the run-up to privatisation.
Kensal Rise and Hackney Wick had been the established terminals since 1942, when the route was cut back to Kensal Rise from Willesden (White Hart, now referred to as Church End), although before and after that change there had been some projections to Leyton Town Hall at certain times. However, Willesden garage journeys ran in service, and this practice continued after the route was split.
Upon driver-only conversion of the route in March 2004, it was decided to run all journeys to the garage, to provide a more consistent service over this corridor. However, the residents of Staverton Road, along which the 6's garage journeys passed (along with buses on route 52 and 302) objected to the increase in buses, perhaps also noting that the new low floor buses were heavier and more likely to damage their houses. So the number of through journeys had to be limited to the previous level, with other journeys running out-of-service by a different route. The service has now been re-routed via Donnington Road and Pound Lane.
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