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New Routemaster on route 55 at Clapton Pond in February 2015
OperatorStagecoach London
VehicleNew Routemaster
Peak vehicle requirement35
Night-timeNight Bus N55
StartWalthamstow bus station
ViaLeyton Green
Hackney Central
EndOxford Circus

London Buses route 55 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Walthamstow bus station and Oxford Circus, it is operated by Stagecoach London.


Stagecoach London Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Trident 2 in February 2013

The route number 55 came from tram 55, replaced by trolleybus 555, which had run between Old Street and Hackney.[1]

In 1990, the section of the route that linked Leyton and Oxford Circus was withdrawn. It was reinstated in 1997 after a campaign by Waltham Forest residents.[2]

Stagecoach London successfully retained route 55 with a new contract starting on 27 February 2010 and a further contract starting on 28 February 2015.[3][4]

New Routemasters were introduced on 28 February 2015. The rear platform remains closed at all times except for when the bus is at bus stops.[5] On 12 October 2019, route 55 was extended to Walthamstow bus station after the withdrawal of route 48.[6]


  1. ^ Craig, Zoe (15 September 2016). "How Do London's Buses Get Their Numbers?". Londonist.
  2. ^ "Campaign hails bus and bike safety record on 'congested' Lea Bridge Road after no accidents since 2005". East London and West Sussex Guardian. 30 November 2016.
  3. ^ 2010 Bus Tender Result Transport For London
  4. ^ 2015 Bus Tender Result Transport For London
  5. ^ "Route 55 and 15 to be served by New Routemaster buses". 26 January 2015.
  6. ^ Permanent Bus Changes Transport for London