Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
18.07.92
BW161+
15S/T
12S/T
11S/T

HACKNEY WICK Eastway - Cassland Road - Hackney - Cambridge Heath - Hackney Road - Shoreditch - Liverpool Street - Bank - St Paul's - Ludgate Circus - Fleet Street - Aldwych - WATERLOO
This Route was introduced to replace the withdrawn section of Route 6 between Aldwych and Hackney Wick.

S64 Mansion House


05.11.94
BW161+
15T
12T
11T

HACKNEY WICK  -  WATERLOO
Scanias replaced by all Leyland Titans.

Taken from 1995 map drawn by Mike Harris

T563

T563 Mansion House


07.12.96
BW161+
15T/VN
12T/VN
11T/VN

HACKNEY WICK  -  WATERLOO
VN type introduced

04.08.97
BW161+
15VA
12VA
9VA

HACKNEY WICK  -  WATERLOO 
VA type introduced


11.03.99
BW161+
15TA
12TA
9TA

HACKNEY WICK  -  WATERLOO 
Low Floor dd introduced (Dennis Trident)

19.05.99
BW161+
18TA/VA
11TA/VA
9TA/VA

HACKNEY WICK  -  WATERLOO 
VN type withdrawn.

26.06.99
BW161+
18TA
11TA
9TA

HACKNEY WICK  -  WATERLOO 
VA type withdrawn.


21.07.99
BW161+
18VA/T
11VA/T
9VA/T

HACKNEY WICK  -  WATERLOO 
Type change

13.10.00
BW161+
18TA/TAS
11TA/TAS
9TA/TAS

HACKNEY WICK  -  WATERLOO 
TAS type introduced.

28.04.01
SD161+
18TA/TAS
11TA/TAS
9TA/TAS

HACKNEY WICK  -  WATERLOO 
Allocation transferred from Bow(BW) to Stratford (SD)


25.06.01
SD161+
18TA/VA
12TA/VA
9TA/VA

HACKNEY WICK  -  WATERLOO
TAS type withdrawn

23.03.02
SD161+
18TA
11TA
11TA

HACKNEY WICK  -  WATERLOO
Contract renewal

Click here for 26 and N26 times

22.06.02
SD161+
18TA
11TA
13TA

HACKNEY WICK  -  WATERLOO
Rerouted at Shoreditch to comply with new one way system

17174

 

 

17174 Waterloo Bridge

 

 


16.02.08
SD161+
18TA
11TA
13TA

HACKNEY WICK  -  WATERLOO
Revised terminal arrangement at Waterloo where buses make a "U" turn via a dedicated bus gate instead of running dead via St Georges Circus - and The Cut

23.02.08
WH161+
19TA
16TA
14TA
 
T361+
ex N26
ex N26
ex N26

HACKNEY WICK  -  WATERLOO
Stratford (SD) closed. allocation moved to new base at Canning Town named West Ham (WH)

Date unknown
WH161+
19TA
16TA
14TA
 
T361+
ex N26
ex N26
ex N26

HACKNEY  WICK Chapman Road - WATERLOO
Hackney Wick terminal altered to Chapman Road instead of Eastway

26.06.09
BW1+
19TA
14TA
11TA

HACKNEY WICK  -  WATERLOO
Allocation transferred from WH to Bow (BW). The gap at WH was filled by the 15.
This was a cost cutting exercise to reduce dead mileage and travelling times for drivers.

15105 Ludgate Circus

25.06.11
LI
17DN
11DN
9DN
Contract reassigned

WATERLOO  -  HACKNEY WICK
New operator

DN33616 St Paul's Cathedral


22.06.13
LI 201+
17DN
11DN
9DN
Contract novated from First to Tower Transit

VN36154 Waterloo Bridge

14.12.13
LI 201+
17DN
11DN
9DN

HACKNEY WICK Eastway - WATERLOO
The Hackney Wick terminal has been altered back to Eastway instead of Chapman Road by TFL to coincide with the night bus which follows 20 mins after the last day 26.


27.02.16
HK131+
18DN
12DN
10DN
Contract reassigned brought forward from
25 June

HACKNEY WICK  -  WATERLOO
Buses hired from Tower Transit until new buses delivered - a sticker in window states ON HIRE FROM TOWER TRANSIT

2521 Law Courts, Strand

© Lawrence Living


08.04.17
HK231+
16DN
14DN
10DN

HACKNEY WICK  -  WATERLOO
Running number sequence change

31.04.18
HK231+
16DN
14DN
10DN

HACKNEY WICK Eastway - WATERLOO
The Hackney Wick terminal has been altered back to Eastway

Strange Visitor HEA1 Ash Grove

© Alisha Jusczyk

12.10.19
HK231+
21DN
19DN
10DN

HACKNEY WICK Eastway - WATERLOO
Service increased to partly compensate for 48 withdrawal

06.02.21
HK231+
19DN
18DN
10DN

HACKNEY WICK Eastway - WATERLOO
Daily running time reduced. new schedule

26.06.21
HK231+
19DN
18DN
10DN

HACKNEY WICK Eastway - WATERLOO
Contract extended for two years

19.03.22
HK231+
21DN
19DN
10DN

HACKNEY WICK Eastway - WATERLOO
Increase of +1 PVR as it is reallocated back from route D6

15.10.22
HK231+
21DN
19DN
10DN
LOGO
REVISED OPERATOR

HACKNEY WICK Eastway - WATERLOO
As part of Stagecoach's purchase of HCT, route 26 transfers from HCT to Stagecoach

15.02.23
HK231+
21DN
19DN
10DN

HACKNEY WICK Eastway - WATERLOO
Due to works taking place at Bank, buses on route 26 will be diverted between St Paul's and Liverpool Street towards Hackney Wick only as follows: From St Paul's Churchyard at Cannon Street left New Change, ahead Cheapside, left Newgate Street right King Edward Street, ahead Little Britain, ahead Montague Street at Aldersgate Rotunda second exit London Wall, ahead Wormwood Street left Bishopsgate line of  route

12515 Mansion House

12515 in the new corporate livery seen at Mansion House renumbered from 2515 when in HCT fleet. The advert on the side is a waste of money

© Stephen's Transport Photography


29.04.23
HK231+
20DN
19DN
14DN

HACKNEY WICK Eastway  -  VICTORIA
Diverted at Aldwych to run via withdrawn secion of Route 11 to Victoria

12501 Victoria Station

The route number 26 returns to Victoria after an absense of 30 odd years although this time  to East London instead of North. 12501 seen here entering Victoria Bus Station

© Anthony Moore


24.06.23
HK231+
20DN
19DN
14DN

HACKNEY WICK Eastway  -  VICTORIA
Contract renewal

 

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2023 Map

Route 26 map after 29.04.23 changes
Taken from 2023 map drawn by Mike Harris
busmap.co.uk

Current Blind



26

 

Operating Garages

BW Bow
Changeover Point = Buses run light into Bow Garage

SD Stratford
Changeover point inside garage

WH West Ham
Changeover point inside garage

LI Lea Interchange
Changeover point Chapman Road stand - via Ferry bus from garage

HK Ash Grove
Changeover point Cambridge Heath Road / Victoria Park Road

 

Live visual

 

 

© Ian Armstrong 2024
Date of edit   Monday, 11.12.23

 

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