This route dates back to 1910, when it ran between Hampstead Heath and Victoria. The 24 was extended in August 1912 to Pimlico and has continued in that form until the present day, making this the oldest and most stable bus route in London.
Originally, the route was operated by the London General Omnibus Company (LGOC), and later the British Automobile Traction Co Ltd (aka "British") until September 1933 when the London Passenger Transport Board (LPTB), later London Transport Executive, was formed and ran under the name "London Transport".
During its life with London Transport, the 24 was operated mainly from Chalk Farm Garage in Harmood Street (Nr Camden Town). It was also run (on & off) from Victoria (Gillingham Street) garage. Amongst the bus types operated were STLs, SRTs, RTLs, RTWs, RMs, RMLs and XAs. In fact the route was selected to be the first London's red bus route to use front entrance, rear engined buses in 1965.
The route was crew operated until 1986, apart from two short periods in 1965/1966 and 1975.
Privatisation saw the 24 being operated by Grey-Green, later sold to Arriva, in 1988 - with its own grey, green and orange livery; a far cry from the red London buses that had run the route for many years before.
A night element to the route was introduced on 27 November 1999, in the form of route N24, to replace part of the withdrawn route N2 between Hampstead Heath and Pimlico.
In November 2002 the route was transferred from Arriva to Metroline run from Holloway Garage, and later in 2006 it was the first London bus route to be operated by Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 double deckers.
The N prefix was dropped during April 2004, thus making it a 24-hour route.
On 10 November 2007 operation of route 24 passed to London General.
On the 11 February 2008, a bus on diversion due to the Camden Town fires was deroofed, after the driver drove into the side rather than under the middle of an arch bridge.  Six people were injured, one seriously.  TfL said the diversion was safe if drivers followed instructions, and had been operating successfully for over 24 hours.
On 10 November 2012, it returned to Metroline operating from their Holloway garage (HT) with brand new Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B5LHs and Volvo B9TLs introduced.
On 22 June 2013, the Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B5LHs and Volvo B9TLs were replaced by brand New Routemasters.
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See also Edit
- ↑ Service contract to London General
- ↑ BBC News - "In pictures: Camden Bus Crash Retrieved 12 February 2008
- ↑ BBC News - "Six hurt as roof ripped from bus" Retrieved 12 February 2008
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