Chiswick set to host largest-ever gatheting of Routemaster buses

Image above: A red routemaster bus

Visitors will be able to ride the buses

Chiswick is set to host the largest-ever gathering of the iconic Routemaster buses later this year, organised by The Routemaster Association.

RM70 will take place at Chiswick Business Park over the weekend of 20 and 21 July. Entry will be free, offering visitors the chance to ride on the buses between Chiswick and the London Transport Museum.

Chiswick Business Park was selected as the venue for the event due to its historical significance as the former location of one of London Transport’s main bus maintenance works. It was renowned for its skid pan, where trainee drivers learned how to deal with icy conditions.

A decade ago, The Routemaster Association hosted RM60 in Finsbury Park, drawing thousands of visitors to view over 130 Routemasters.

John Ward, Chairman of the Routemaster Association, said:

“I am delighted to announce that RM70 will now be held on the site of the former Chiswick Works in West London. The historical connection between this site and the development and introduction of the Routemaster bus cannot be overstated… Chiswick has excellent facilities and with easy access for both owners and enthusiasts, we feel this site will offer a new perspective for the event”.

Most Routemaster buses are now privately owned by enthusiasts, and a number of the surviving buses are expected to attend, some making the journey from Europe to join the event.

The first Routemasters entered service with London Transport in February 1956, with the last ones withdrawn from regular service in December 2005. However, two Transport for London heritage routes continued to operate Routemasters in central London until 2019.

Established in 1988, The Routemaster Association aims to support new owners who have bought buses, following large-scale withdrawals from London service, to help them maintain these London icons and keep them looking their best.