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London Buses route 63


London Buses route 63

Operator London Central
Garage Peckham (PM)
Vehicle Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2
Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Wright Eclipse Gemini
Peak vehicle requirement 29
Night-time Night Bus N63
Start Honor Oak
Via Peckham
Elephant & Castle
Ludgate Circus
End King's Cross
Length 7 miles (11 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 6-8 minutes
Journey time 40-62 minutes
Operates 05:00 until 01:00

London Buses route 63 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Honor Oak and King's Cross, it is operated by London Central.


  • History 1
  • Notable passengers 2
  • Current route 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Route 63 commenced operating on 17 September 1919 between Gospel Oak (Mansfield) and Honor Oak (Forest Hill Tavern) via Blackfriars Bridge and Elephant & Castle. By the end of World War II it had been cut back to operate between King's Cross station and Honor Oak.[1]

On 15 September 1954, route 63 was extended from Honor Oak to Crystal Palace as a replacement for the British Railways branch line to Crystal Palace (High Level), which was closed at the same time.[2] In 1961 the route was extended to replace withdrawn trolleybuses to Hampstead Heath and Parliament Hill Fields.[1]

In 2003, route 63 was withdrawn between Honor Oak and Crystal Palace, replaced by route 363.[3]

Notable passengers

The route was used by footballer Rio Ferdinand during his early life in Peckham.[4]

Current route

Route 63 operates via these primary locations:[5]


  1. ^ a b "Route 63". Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Crystal Palace High Level branch to close". The Railway Gazette 101: 124. 1954. 
  3. ^ "All change on Route 63". 18 May 2003. 
  4. ^ "Rio Ferdinand’s emotive awakening".  
  5. ^ Route 63 Map Transport for London

External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • Timetable
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