New Routemasters for 73
TfL’s Route 73 is the next to be operated entirely by Wrightbus built New Routemasters. The vehicles are now being phased into the Arriva operated service, which runs between Victoria and Stoke Newington, via Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Euston, King’s Cross St Pancras, Angel and Essex Road. During peaks hours, 53 will be used to carry the 35,000 people who travel on the service each week day. Route 73 will operate with the rear platform closed when the bus is moving, with large numbers of passengers able to quickly board and alight using all three sets of doors and two staircases at bus stops. The N73 night bus route will run entirely with New Routemasters from July. To date 13 bus routes in London are operating with these vehicles. TfL has recently awarded contracts to convert routes 149 and 168, with exact dates for conversions to be set later this year.