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Route
Start Victoria Station
Via Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road/Gower Street, Euston, King's Cross, Islington, Essex Road, Newington Green
End Stoke Newington Common
Length 8.5 miles
Operations
Operator Arriva London North
Garage Stamford Hill
Vehicle New Bus for London
Peak vehicle requirement Mon-Fri: 51
Sat: 39
Sun: 33
Service
Journey time 47-90 mins
Frequency (in mins) Mon-Fri: 3-4 peaks, 5 day, 6 eves
Sat: 5 day, 6 eves
Sun: 6
Passenger usage data
1999/2000 13.474 million (2nd)
2000/2001 13.722 million (+2%, 4th)
2001/2002 13.430 million (-2%, 5th)
2002/2003 14.274 million (+6%, 4th)
2003/2004 13.420 million (-6%, 6th)
2004/2005 14.588 million (+9%, 6th)
2005/2006 14.567 million (-0.1%, 5th)
2006/2007 14.775 million (+1%, 5th)
2007/2008 15.080 million (+2%, 5th)
2008/2009 15.277 million (+1%, 5th)
2009/2010 15.304 million (+0.2%, 5th)
2010/2011 15.391 million (+0.6%, 3rd)
2011/2012 13.877 million (-10%, 6th)
2012/2013 12.534 million (-10%, 8th)
2013/2014 12.841 million (+3%, 7th)
2014/2015 12.495 million (-3%, 10th)
2015/2016 11.507 million (-8%, 12th)

History Edit

At 3 October 1934: Stoke Newington to Richmond via Newington Green, Essex Road, Islington, King's Cross, Euston, Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, Kensington, Hammersmith, Barnes and East Sheen.

17 April 1935: Summer Sunday service extended from Richmond via Petersham, Ham and Kingston to Hampton Court. This extension ran between the following dates (first and last days listed):

  • 21/4/35-29/9/35
  • 11/4/36-4/10/36
  • 28/3/37-3/10/37
  • 8/5/38-9/10/38
  • 9/4/39-29/10/39
  • 24/3/40-10/11/40
  • 6/4/41-26/10/41

5 June 1935: Summer Saturday PM service extended from Richmond to Hampton Court. This extension ran between the following dates (first and last days listed):

  • 8/6/35-26/10/35
  • 30/5/36-3/10/36

4 March 1936: Certain Monday-Friday AM journeys extended from Richmond to Kingston.

7 October 1936: Saturday service withdrawn between Richmond and Hampton Court.

1 November 1939: During winter, the Monday-Saturday evening service suspended between Hammersmith and Richmond due to blackout restrictions. This happened on the following dates:

  • 1/11/39-15/5/40
  • The service was not suspended in Winter 1940/41 or 1941/42
  • 28/10/42-21/4/43
  • 27/10/43-19/4/44
  • 25/10/44-2/5/45

14 May 1941: Monday-Friday extension to Kingston withdrawn.

29 October 1941: Withdrawn between Richmond and Hampton Court.

2 May 1945: Full service restored between Hammersmith and Richmond.

1 October 1958: Sunday service extended from Richmond via Twickenham and Whitton to Hounslow, replacing route 27A.

26 November 1958: Monday-Saturday service extended from Richmond to Hounslow, replacing route 33.

31 December 1966: Monday-Saturday service withdrawn between Richmond and Hounslow, and further withdrawn on Mon-Fri outside peak hours between Hammersmith and Richmond, replaced by new route 33.

24 January 1970: Monday-Saturday service withdrawn between Hammersmith and Richmond.

28 October 1978: Withdrawn between Twickenham and Hounslow, replaced by route 281.

4 September 1982: Withdrawn between Hammersmith and Twickenham, replaced by route 33.

11 July 1987: Sunday service converted to one-person operation.

13 August 1988: Withdrawn between Hyde Park Corner and Hammersmith, and instead diverted to Victoria. This section replaced by new route 10. Sunday garage journeys extended from Stoke Newington to Stamford Hill.

2 June 1990: Full Sunday service extended from Stoke Newington to Stamford Hill.

Between 1995 and 2001: Most journeys (but no peak hour service) extended from Stoke Newington/Stamford Hill to Tottenham, instead of just garage journeys.

4 September 2004: Converted to one-person 'bendy bus' operation. Withdrawn between Seven Sisters Station and Tottenham.

3 September 2011: Converted to double-deck operation. Withdrawn between Stoke Newington and Seven Sisters.

Operators Edit

Route 73 has been operated by the following companies:

  • London Transport: before 3 October 1934-31 March 1985
  • London Buses: 1 April 1985-31 March 1989
  • Leaside/Arriva London: 1 April 1989-present

Garages Edit

Route 73 has been operated from the following garages:

  • Mortlake (M): before 3 October 1934-29 August 1982
  • Tottenham (AR): before 3 October 1934-3 September 2004
  • Cricklewood (W): before 3 October 1934-29 October 1935
  • Riverside (R): 21 April 1935-4 October 1936; 31 January 1981-24 June 1983
  • Hounslow (AV): 5 October 1958-1 October 1965
  • Twickenham (AB): 15 December 1962-2 October 1965
  • Shepherds Bush (S): 25 June 1983-12 May 1988
  • Muswell Hill (MH): 2 February 1986-5 July 1987
  • Stamford Hill (SF): 14 August 1988-30 August 1992; 3 September 2011-present
  • Leeside Road (LV): 4 September 2004-2 September 2011

Route description - list of stopsEdit

Route departing VictoriaEdit

  • Victoria Bus Station
  • Grosvenor Gardens
  • Wilton Street
  • Hyde Park Corner
  • London Hilton Hotel
  • Dorchester Hotel
  • Marble Arch
  • Marble Arch Station
  • Selfridges
  • Oxford Street / John Lewis
  • Great Titchfield Street / Photographers Gallery
  • Tottenham Court Road
  • Percy Street
  • Goodge Street Station
  • Warren Street Station
  • Euston Square Station
  • Euston Station
  • British Library
  • King's Cross Station
  • King's Cross Road
  • Penton Rise
  • Penton Street
  • Baron Street / Chapel Market
  • White Lion Street
  • Angel Station
  • Islington Green
  • Packington Street
  • Cross Street
  • Essex Road Station
  • Northchurch Road
  • Ockendon Road
  • Newington Green Road / Balls Pond Road
  • Beresford Road
  • Newington Green
  • Clissold Crescent
  • Barbauld Road
  • Stoke Newington Town Hall
  • Bouverie Road
  • William Patten School
  • Stoke Newington High Street / Garnham Street
  • Northwold Road / Stoke Newington Common
  • Stoke Newington Common

Route departing Stoke NewingtonEdit

  • Stoke Newington Common
  • Stoke Newington High Street
  • William Patten School
  • Bouverie Road
  • Stoke Newington Town Hall
  • Barbauld Road
  • Clissold Crescent
  • Green Lanes
  • Newington Green
  • Beresford Road
  • Balls Pond Road
  • Essex Road / Marquess Road
  • Northchurch Road
  • Essex Road Station
  • Cross Street
  • Packington Street
  • Islington Green
  • Angel Station
  • Pentonville Road / Baron Street
  • Penton Street / Chapel Market
  • Penton Rise
  • King's Cross / Caledonian Road
  • King's Cross Station
  • St Pancras International Station
  • British Library
  • Euston Station
  • Euston Square Sation
  • University College Hospital
  • Torrington Place
  • Chenies Street
  • Great Russell Street
  • Tottenham Court Road Station
  • Oxford Street / Soho Street
  • Great Titchfield Street / Photographers Gallery
  • Oxford Street / John Lewis
  • Selfridges
  • Marble Arch
  • Dorchester Hotel
  • London Hilton Hotel
  • Hyde Park Corner
  • Wilton Street
  • Bressenden Place
  • Victoria Bus Station

Route record (list of roads traversed)Edit

Route departing VictoriaEdit

Victoria Bus Station, Wilton Road, Victoria Street, Grosvenor Gardens, Grosvenor Place, Duke of Wellington Place, Hyde Park Corner, Park Lane, Cumberland Gate, Tyburn Way, Marble Arch, Oxford Street, Tottenham Court Road, Euston Road, Euston Bus Station, Grafton Place, Churchway, Euston Road, Pentonville Road, Baron Street, White Lion Street, Upper Street, Islington Green, Essex Road, Newington Green Road, Newington Green, Albion Road, Stoke Newington Church Street, Stoke Newington High Street, Northwold Road, Stoke Newington Common

Route departing Stoke NewingtonEdit

Stoke Newington Common, Rectory Road, Brooke Road, Stoke Newington High Street, Stoke Newington Church Street, Albion Road, Newington Green, Newington Green Road, Essex Road, Islington Green, Upper Street, Pentonville Road, King's Cross Bridge, Grays Inn Road, Euston Road, Gower Street, Bloomsbury Street, New Oxford Street, Oxford Street, Park Lane, Hyde Park Corner, Duke of Wellington Place, Grosvenor Place, Bressenden Place, Buckingham Palace Road, Terminus Place, Victoria Bus Station

Timetable information Edit

First bus from Victoria: 0510

First bus from Stoke Newington: 0445 (0616 Saturdays, 0619 Sundays)

Last bus from Victoria: 0111 (0105 Friday/Saturday)

Last bus from Stoke Newington: 0014

Routes 73 and N73 combine to provide a 24-hour service between Victoria and Stoke Newington High Street

Links Edit

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