London Buses route 147 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Ilford and Canning Town, it is operated by Blue Triangle.


Route 147 commenced operating on 3 October 1934 between Ilford Station and Leytonstone Green Man as Monday to Saturday service. The route was initially operated by London Transport from their Leyton (T) garage using AEC Renowns. The route is a renumbering of route 248.

In June 1954, it was extended south to North Woolwich.

In July 1964 it was cut back to Royal Albert Dock and converted to AEC Routemaster operation. In July 1971 the route was converted to one man operation with ingle deck buses. The unreliability of such buses saw their replacement with Daimler Fleetlines in November 1975.

The same reliability problems saw their replacement with Leyland Titans in 1981, a type which remained on the route for an unbroken 19 years. The late 1980s saw the route curtailed at Ilford.

In May 1999, it was extended to Canning Town station, and in August 2000 the route was converted to low floor operation using Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Tridents.

On 10 May 2004, the route was retained by Stagecoach London.

On 7 May 2016, the route passed to Blue Triangle operating from their River Road (RR) garage with Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s introduced.

Current route

  • Ilford High Road Hainault Street
  • Ilford High Road (for Ilford Station)
  • East Ham Station
  • Upton Park
  • Plaistow
  • Prince Regent Station
  • Custom House Station
  • Royal Victoria Station
  • Keir Hardie Estate
  • Canning Town Station

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