London Buses route 390

Infobox London Bus
number=390


operator=Metroline
length= 7 miles (11 km)
time= 34-64 minutes
garage=King's Cross & Holloway
start=Archway
end=Notting Hill Gate
via=Kings Cross
Tottenham Court Road
Oxford Circus
level=24 hour service
frequency=About every 8 minutes
night=24 hour service
vehicle=Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President
pvr=20
day=24-hour service
ibus=yes

London Buses route 390 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, United Kingdom. The service is currently contracted to Metroline.

History

The route 390 is now operated by Kings Cross (KX) garage by Metroline, and uses B7TLs with Plaxton President bodywork (VPL class). They were amongst some of the last buses built at the former Northern Counties plant and amongst the last Plaxton Presidents.

This route began on 1 February 2003 to replace the withdrawn section of route 10 between Archway and Kings Cross (the northern part). Over the years route 10 had becoming a mammoth to operate because of its sheer length, and it was split once in the 1988 (from route 73) and then again in 2003 to split it further. The buses initially used were Routemasters which were operated by Metroline from HT (Holloway) garage. It did seem a bit odd that the less glamorous section of the route to Archway obtained the Routemasters but this was because the part of the route that kept the 10 number used Trident/Alexander ALX400 (TNAs) of First London.

The route originally ran to south of Archway, to the rear of Holloway garage, but on 6 February 2004 it was extended from Marble Arch to Notting Hill Gate via withdrawn section of route 12.

The route was retendered in 2004/5 and was awarded to Metroline but was stripped of the Routemasters and tendered on the condition of low-floor one-person operation. The VPLs were purchased, and these were a batch with televisions installed at the front of the upper deck windscreen and on the lower deck too.

The route was then transferred to Kings Cross garage which acts as a substation to Holloway to take pressure off capacity as this is one of the Garages closest to Central London.

Current route

Route departing Archway

* Archway Station
* Junction Road
* Tufnell Park Station
* Brecknock Road
* York Way
* Wharfdale Road
* Caledonian Road
* Kings Cross Station
* Euston Road
* Euston Station
* Euston Road
* Euston Square Station "for Warren Street Station "
* Gower Street
* Bloomsbury Street
* New Oxford Street
* Tottenham Court Road Station
* Oxford Street
* Oxford Circus Station
* Oxford Street
* Bond Street Station
* Oxford Street
* Marble Arch Station
* Park Lane
* Cumberland Gate
* Bayswater Road
* Lancaster Gate Station
* Bayswater Road
* Queensway Station
* Bayswater Road
* Notting Hill Gate Station

Route departing Notting Hill Gate

* Notting Hill Gate Station
* Bayswater Road
* Queensway Station
* Bayswater Road
* Lancaster Terrace "for Lancaster Gate Station "
* Westbourne Street
* Bayswater Road
* Marble Arch Station
* Oxford Street
* Bond Street Station
* Oxford Street
* Oxford Circus Station
* Oxford Street
* Tottenham Court Road Station
* Tottenham Court Road
* Warren Street Station
* Euston Road
* Euston Square Station
* Euston Road
* Euston Station
* Grafton Place
* Churchway
* Euston Road
* Kings Cross Station
* York Way
* Camden Park Road
* Torriano Avenue
* Leighton Road
* Brecknock Road
* Tufnell Park Station
* Junction Road
* Archway Station

ee also

* List of bus routes in London
* Metroline

External links

* [http://www.tfl.gov.uk Transport for London]
* [http://www.londonbusesbyadam.fotopic.net London Bus Routes Fotopic]
* [http://www.busesatwork.co.uk London Bus Routes]
* [http://www.londonbusroutes.net/times/390.pdf Full timetable]


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