Year of the Bus

During 2014 London Transport Museum and Transport for London will celebrate the vital role the bus plays in providing people with access to employment, education, services and social opportunities in London.

Year of the Bus events

Events will include heritage bus runs, talks and Friday Lates as well as a new exhibition at London Transport Museum and a Behind the Scenes at the Museum Open Weekend at the Museum’s depot at Acton. Full Events Listing

Partner and sponsors

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Year of the Bus is supported by and delivered in partnership with Exterion Media, Abellio, Arriva London, Clear Channel, Go-Ahead London, Metroline, RATP Dev UK Limited, Stagecoach, Wrightbus, Optare and telent Technology Services.

Year of the Bus themes

This theme includes the role of the bus in the First World War, its iconic design, geographical spread and the growth of the bus network in London, and the role of the bus in media and popular culture. There are some important bus related anniversaries during 2014:

  • 100 years ago the B-Type bus carried troops to the frontline at the start of the First World War
  • 75 year ago the RT1 (RT-type) bus was taken into stock
  • 60 years ago one of the most iconic and popular buses of all time, the Routemaster, was unveiled at the Commercial Motor Show at Earls Court

This theme celebrates all the amazing people that help run our bus services - drivers, conductors and the many staff who work behind the scenes to help keep London on the move.

Economy and innovation
This theme looks at how the provision of bus services in London supports the Capital’s economy and thousands of jobs around the country which depend upon London’s bus network.

Tfl bus network facts

  • Bus passenger numbers have doubled since 2000
  • In 2012/13 there were approximately 2.3 billion passenger journeys on London buses
  • In 1999/2000 there were approximately 1.3 billion passenger journeys on London buses
  • There are around 700 routes on London’s bus network, over 100 of which operate around the clock
  • London buses covered 490 million kilometres (297 million miles) in 2011/12
  • There are 8600 buses in the fleet; 7600 are required to service peak time demand
  • Approximately 24000 bus drivers serve the travelling public in London with tens of thousands more in supporting roles. Buses help to support our economy and leisure and provide a crucial role in ensuring social connections in terms of family, friends and cultural activities
  • 96% of London’s households are within 400 metres (average five minute walk) of a bus service
  • London’s road network carries more bus passengers than New York and Paris combined

B-type Battle Bus

At the heart of the Museum’s Year of the Bus programme is the restoration of a B-type bus which was introduced to the streets of London in 1914. Nearly 1,200 B-type buses were requisitioned for use on the Western Front during the First World War – to transport troops, for use as ambulances and even mobile pigeon lofts. The restoration has been made possible with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the London Transport Museum Friends. Once the restoration is complete the B-type will go on tour in its ‘Battle Bus’ khaki livery.

Further information

Battle Bus Restoration Project