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Route Line Diagram Route Map - Route 9, 9H, 15, 15H Heritage Routemaster Route Heritage. Route 9 Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park Corner, Green Park, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Aldwych, Ludgate Circus, St Pauls, Cannon Street, Eastcheap, Tower Hill.


General Information


Welcome to the Routemaster Heritage Routes website.


NEW HOME FOR HERITAGE ROUTES: Due to Geocities closure, Routemaster Heritage Routes has a new home at routemaster.uuuq.com - please change your bookmarks. The old address will still work until the Autumn.


Heritage Route 15 is moving garage - from Bow to West Ham on the 27th June 2009.


Last Updated: 27 June 2009.


Planned Service Changes


SATURDAY 4 JULY: PRIDE LONDON '09. Heritage Route 9: NO SERVICE between GREEN PARK and ALDWYCH from 1200 until 1700. Heritage Route 15 will also be disrupted between Aldwych and Trafalgar Square, with possible curtailments at Aldwych.


Information published here is correct at time of publication. Last minute changes may occur – check www.tfl.gov.uk


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Take a Trip on a London Landmark


Heritage Routes 9 and 15 operate seven days a week, every 15 minutes, between Royal Albert Hall to Tower Hill via the Strand.


Photos of the Heritage Routemasters have been added to the Photo Gallery part of the site.


You can still enjoy a ride on a Routemaster on Heritage Routes 9 and 15 - Route 159 last week / day poster. Pannel. Arriva.


The Routes




Route 9            Royal Albert Hall to Aldwych


Route 15          Trafalgar Square to Tower Hill


TfL Transport for London Mayor of London Route 9 15 Heritage Routes Take a trip on a London Landmark Icon

Route 9 is operated by First London, from Westbourne Park Garage (X)

Route 15 is operated by the East London Bus Group, from Bow Garage (BW)


A list of the Routemasters operating on these routes can be found on the Heritage Fleet List page.



London Transport Gold and Red Livery Traditional Sixties 60s style







Fares 2009


TfL Tube and Bus Fares and Tickets from January 2009 Image. Oyster Cards. Oyster Capping Rates.

Adult Fares for Heritage Bus Routes 9 and 15. Standard fares apply, Oyster and Travelcards accepted. Children under 16 travel free.


TfL Oyster Fares


Oyster Single Fare – £1

Oyster Daily Capped Bus Pass - £3.30


TfL Cash Fares

Cash Single Fare - £2

Paper All London Day Bus Pass - £3.80



Note: Correct at time of publication, for up to date fares please check TfL. Visitor Tickets available: information here. For Tube and Travelcard prices, please check with TfL. “Fares Images” courtesy of TfL website. Correct from 2 January 2009. Bus Saver tickets are no longer available to buy, however, you can still use any tickets you may have until further notice.






London Transport Gold and Red Livery Traditional Sixties 60s style




What is a Routemaster?


Routemaster – THE London Bus.

How many people have heard of a Dennis Dart? A Titan, Trident or Gemini? What about an Enviro or Citaro? Perhaps a few, not many, but everyone has heard of the Routemaster. No other bus can boast being known by name worldwide. Why? The Design. The Routemaster was the last bus to be designed for London, by London. The Routemaster was way ahead of its time, incorporating such luxuries as power steering and heating, and having lasted for more than 50 years in service it has lived up to its iconic status.


How to ride: Routemaster Etiquette

Make a clear signal to the driver that you wish to board. Once stopped by the bus stop, board the bus quickly and sit down, letting other passengers alight first – fares will be taken later. Do not stand on the platform at any time while the bus is in motion. The conductor will then come to your seat and check your pass, or issue a ticket. The conductor will also be happy to assist you with directions and which stop you need to reach your destination. Once you wish to alight, pull the bell cord ONCE, or signal to the conductor. Do NOT alight at traffic lights or while the bus is moving, but wait until it has safely stopped at the bus stop.


Ding Ding!

The bell is an important way for the conductor to communicate with their driver, essential for the smooth running of your service.

     One ring means the driver must stop at the next stop.

     Two rings means the driver can leave a stop, if stationary, or continue past a stop without stopping.

     Three rings means full bus, do not stop at any stops to pick up passengers.

Any more and the driver will be alerted that his conductor is in need of assistance.



The Standard Routemaster, RM – Statistics:



8 feet

RM8 Standard Routemaster Diagram. Routemaster: try out your new London Bus. London Transport - bus of the future. Diagram: Ian Smith


27 feet 6 inches


14 feet 4.5 inches


7 tons 7 unladen


11 tons 10 laden























Diagram: Ian Smith Courtesy of Ian’s Bus Stop (link)



Routemaster Variations

There have been many different types and variations of the Routemaster:




The Standard Routemaster:

1958 to 1965

2120 produced


The Lengthened Routemaster:

The standard RM was cut in the middle and a 2ft 4inches bay was added which created 8 extra seats at a total length of 30ft.


1965 to 1968

524 produced


Green Line Coach Routemaster:

The Basic RM with a few extras for longer journeys. Painted green the only other external difference was the twin headlamps. This version had doors, and inside were luggage racks, and more comfortable seats.



68 produced


Extended Green Line Coach Routemaster:

Just like the Green Line RM, but lengthened like the RML.



34 produced


Front Entrance Routemaster (RMF1254):

RML but with front entrance and doors – able to be one man operated, with the driver turning 90 degrees. This was used as a demonstrator to show how the basic RM design could be modified.


1 produced


Northern General RMFs

The only RMs outside London, they were cosmetically different with sliding windows and fluorescent lights. 72 seats (41 down and 31 up).

1964 to 1965

50 produced


BEA Airport Routemaster:

These were standard length, (27ft 6inches) as they carried a luggage trailer, which carried passengers from London to Heathrow.


1966 to 1967

65 produced


Front Entrance (Rear Engine) Routemaster:

Using 60% of the same parts as the Standard Routemaster, this rear engine example maintained the same curves as its predecessor, along with the love of the drivers and public. Perhaps if the ‘politics’ had worked differently London’s Bus Fleet may be very different today.


1 produced


Facts and Figures Source: Routemaster Association (link)




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