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London Buses route 6 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Willesden Garage and Aldwych, it is operated by Metroline.
In 1934, route 6 operated from Willesden to Leyton via Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Aldwych. On 14 January 1942 it was withdrawn between Willesden and Kensal Rise. In May 1949, AEC Regent III RT buses were introduced.
On 25 October 1969, it was withdrawn between Hackney Wick and Leyton. On 18 July 1992, it was further cut, with the section between Aldwych and Hackney Wick replaced by new route 26.
On 27 March 2004, route 6, along with route 98, was converted to one man operation, with the AEC Routemasters replaced by Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs. It was decided to run all journeys to Willesden garage, to provide a more consistent service along this corridor. However, the residents of Staverton Road, along which route 6's garage journeys passed (along with buses on route 52 and 302) objected to the increase in bus traffic. So the number of through journeys had to be limited to the previous level. The service has since been re-routed via Donnington Road and Pound Lane.
Throughout June 2015, new Volvo B5LH bodied Wright Eclipse Gemini 3s were allocated to the route. On 17 June 2017, route 6 was altered to operate via Park Lane and Piccadilly in lieu of Oxford and Regent Streets. Since the introduction of tendering, it has always been operated by Metroline from Willesden Garage.
Route 6 operates via these primary locations: