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Route
Start Finsbury Park Station
Via Highbury Barn, Highbury Corner, Islington, Rosebery Avenue, Holborn, Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly Circus, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, Sloane Square, Chelsea
End Battersea Bridge (South Side)
Length 8.3 miles to Battersea Bridge
8.1 miles to Finsbury Park
Operations
Operator Arriva London North
Garage Tottenham
Vehicle Volvo B5LH 10.4m/Wright Gemini 3
Peak vehicle requirement Mon-Fri: 26
Sat: 26
Sun: 20
Service
Journey time 44-92 mins
Frequency (in mins) MonSat: 8 day, 10 eves
Sun: 10
Passenger usage data
1999/2000 5.892 million (36th)
2000/2001 6.119 million (+4%, 42nd)
2001/2002 5.313 million (-13%, 66th)
2002/2003 5.707 million (+7%, 66th)
2003/2004 6.831 million (+20%, 54th)
2004/2005 7.182 million (+5%, 60th)
2005/2006 11.451 million (+59%, 14th)
2006/2007 10.520 million (-8%, 15th)
2007/2008 9.806 million (-7%, 22nd)
2008/2009 8.999 million (-8%, 33rd)
2009/2010 9.004 million (+0.1%, 34th)
2010/2011 8.495 million (-6%, 43rd)
2011/2012 8.034 million (-5%, 58th)
2012/2013 7.804 million (-3%, 58th)
2013/2014 7.908 million (+1%, 57th)
2014/2015 7.846 million (-0.8%, 57th)
2015/2016 7.153 million (-9%, 73rd)
2016/2017 6.788 million (-5%, 75th)


History Edit

At 3 October 1934: Finsbury Park to Trinity Road (renaned Tooting Bec on 1 October 1950) Station via Highbury Barn, Highbury Corner, Islington, Rosebery Avenue, Holborn, Tottenham Court Road Station, Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly Circus, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, Sloane Square, Chelsea, Battersea, Clapham Junction, Trinity Road and Wandsworth Common; extended on Sundays to Streatham Common via Streatham.

8 November 1939: Monday-Friday, and Saturday (except evenings) service withdrawn between Finsbury Park and Highbury Barn. Evening service withdrawn between Clapham Junction and Trinity Road Station/Streatham Common.

3 January 1940: Monday-Friday (except evenings) and Saturday service reinstated between Finsbury Park and Highbury Barn.

20 March 1940: Sunday evening service reinstated between Clapham Junction and Streatham Common.

15 May 1940: Monday-Saturday evening service reinsteated between Clapham Junction and Trinity Road Station.

27 October 1943: Sunday service withdrawn between Trinity Road Station and Streatham Common before 1200.

19 April 1944: Extended within Finsbury Park from Rock Street to Plimsoll Road.

17 October 1956: Withdrawn between Tooting Bec and Streatham Common.

1 May 1957: Sunday service extended from Tooting Bec to Streatham Common.

16 October 1957: Withdrawn between Tooting Bec and Streatham Common.

23 January 1966: Sunday service extended from Tooting Bec via Tooting Broadway, Southcroft Road and Furzedown to Streatham Garage.

8 January 1972: Withdrawn between Tooting Bec and Streatham.

15 July 1972: Sunday service withdrawn between Clapham Junction and Tooting Bec, replaced by new route 19A.

5 October 1974: Sunday service extended from Clapham Junction to Tooting Bec, replacing route 19A.

1 March 1975: Garage journeys extended from Finsbury Park via Holloway to Tufnell Park.

27 October 1984: Full Monday-Saturday service extended from Finsbury Park via Holloway, Tufnell Park and Dartmouth Park Hill to Archway.

3 August 1985: Withdrawn between Archway and Finsbury Park, except for the daily garage journeys to Tufnell Park.

14 June 1987: Sunday service converted to one person operation.

21 November 1987: Monday-Saturday service withdrawn between Clapham Junction and Tooting Bec, replaced by new London Buses route 219 (Tooting). Saturday service withdrawn between Tufnell Park and Finsbury Park.

15 April 1989: Withdrawn between Finsbury Park and Tufnell Park.

24 February 1990: Sunday garage journeys extended from Tooting Bec via Tooting Broadway and Colliers Wood to Merton Garage.

25 May 1991: Withdrawn between Battersea Bridge and Tooting Bec/Merton, replaced by route 219.

24 April 1993: Contract awarded to Kentish Bus.

28 February 1998: Operation transferred to Arriva London.

1 September 2001: Sunday service converted to crew operation, except for some early morning and late evening journeys.

2 April 2005: Converted to one person operation.

31 March 2012: Contract awarded to Go-Ahead London.

1 April 2017: Contract awarded to Arriva London.

Operators Edit

Route 19 has been operated by the following companies:

  • London Transport: before 3 October 1934-31 March 1985
  • London Buses: 1 April 1985-31 March 1989
  • London General: 15 April 1989-23 April 1993
  • London Northern: 15 April 1989-19 May 1991
  • Kentish Bus: 24 April 1993-27 February 1998
  • Arriva London: 28 February 1998-30 March 2012; 1 April 2017-present
  • Go-Ahead London: 31 March 2012-31 March 2017

Garages Edit

Route 19 has been operated from the following garages:

  • Battersea (B): before 3 October 1934-1 November 1985
  • Holloway (J): before 3 October 1934-2 September 1971
  • Holloway (HT): 3 September 1971-19 May 1991
  • Victoria (GM): 2 November 1985-23 April 1993
  • Merton (AL): 25 February 1990-19 May 1991
  • Nine Elms: 24 April 1993-2 October 1993
  • Leyton (LY): 25 April 1993-1 May 1994
  • Battersea (BA): 3 October 1993-30 March 2012
  • Cambridge Heath (CH): 8 May 1994-22 February 1998
  • Stamford Hill (SH): 1 March 1998-19 March 2000
  • Tottenham (AR): 26 March 2000-23 April 2000; 1 April 2017-present
  • Brixton (BN): 30 April 2000-30 March 2012
  • Norwood (N): 2 April 2005-30 March 2012
  • Stockwell (SW): 31 March 2012-31 March 2017
  • Northumberland Park (NP): 28 March 2015-31 March 2017

Route descripton (list of stops served)Edit

Route departing Finsbury ParkEdit

  • Finsbury Park Interchange
  • City & Islington College
  • Gillespie Road
  • Riversdale Road
  • Highbury Grange
  • Highbury Hill
  • Highbury Grove School / Aberdeen Park
  • St Paul's Road / Highbury Grove
  • Highbury Corner
  • Upper Street / Laycock Street
  • Islington Town Hall
  • St Mary's Church
  • Islington Green
  • Angel Station
  • St John Street / Goswell Road
  • Sadler's Wells Theatre
  • Finsbury Town Hall
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Clerkenwell Road
  • Gray's Inn Road
  • Red Lion Square
  • Bloomsbury Way
  • Museum Street
  • Cambridge Circus
  • Dean Street / Chinatown
  • Trocadero / Haymarket
  • Piccadilly Circus
  • Old Bond Street / Royal Academy
  • Green Park Station
  • Green Park / Constitution Hill
  • Hyde Park Corner Station
  • Sloane Street / Knightsbridge Station
  • Pont Street
  • Sloane Square Station / Symon Street
  • Sloane Square Station
  • Duke Of York Square
  • Walpole Street
  • Markham Street
  • Chelsea Old Town Hall
  • Carlyle Square
  • Beaufort Street / King's Road
  • Cheyne Walk
  • Parkgate Road

Route departing BatterseaEdit

  • Battersea Bridge / Hester Road
  • Cheyne Walk
  • Beaufort Street / King's Road
  • Old Church Street
  • Carlyle Square
  • Chelsea Old Town Hall
  • Markham Street
  • Duke Of York Square
  • Cadogan Gardens / Sloane Square
  • Sloane Street / Sloane Square Station
  • Pont Street
  • Knightsbridge Station
  • Hyde Park Corner Station
  • Old Park Lane / Hard Rock Cafe
  • Green Park Station
  • Old Bond Street / Royal Academy
  • Piccadilly Circus
  • Trocadero / Haymarket
  • Gerrard Place / Chinatown
  • Denmark Street
  • Tottenham Court Road Station
  • Museum Street
  • Bloomsbury Square
  • Red Lion Square
  • Gray's Inn Road
  • Rosebery Avenue
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Tysoe Street
  • Hardwick Street
  • Sadler's Wells Theatre
  • St John Street / Goswell Road
  • Angel Station
  • Theberton Street
  • St Mary's Church
  • Islington Town Hall
  • Highbury Corner
  • St Paul's Road / Highbury Corner
  • Highbury Grove School / Baalbec Road
  • Aberdeen Park
  • Highbury Grange
  • Joan Of Arc School
  • Riversdale Road
  • Monsell Road
  • Rock Street
  • Finsbury Park Interchange

Route record (list of roads traversed)Edit

Route departing Finsbury ParkEdit

Finsbury Park Interchange, Stroud Green Road, Blackstock Road, Highbury Park, Highbury Grove, St Paul's Road, Highbury Corner, Upper Street, St John Street, Rosebery Avenue, Theobald's Road, Vernon Place, Bloomsbury Way, New Oxford Street, Bloomsbury Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly, Duke of Wellington Place, Grosvenor Place, Knightsbridge, Sloane Street, Sloane Square, King's Road, Beaufort Street, Battersea Bridge, Battersea Bridge Road

Route departing BatterseaEdit

Battersa Bridge Road, Battersea Bridge, Beaufort Street, King's Road, Sloane Square, Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly, Shaftesbury Avenue, Charing Cross Road, Andrew Borde Street, St Giles High Street, New Oxford Street, Bloomsbury Way, Vernon Place, Theobald's Road, Rosebery Avenue, St John Street, Upper Street, Highbury Corner, St Paul's Road, Highbury Grove, Highbury Park, Blackstock Road, Rock Street, Finsbury Park Interchange

Timetable informationEdit

Routes 19 and N19 combine to provide a 24-hour service between Finsbury Park and Battersea Bridge. On Christmas Eve, the last buses depart Finsbury Park at 0014 and Battersea Bridge at 0022 (Saturday service) On Boxing Day, the first buses depart Finsbury Park at 0525 and Battersea Bridge at 0530 (Sunday service)

Links Edit

Current timetable
Current route map
Zenfolio photo gallery
Timetable graveyard
Performance report (PDF file)