London Buses route 452 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Vauxhall and Kensal Rise, it is operated by Tower Transit.


Route 452 commenced operating on 2 December 2006 between and via Ladbroke Grove - Notting Hill Gate - Kensington - Royal Albert Hall - Knightsbridge - Sloane Square - Queenstown Road - Wandsworth Road. It was initially operated by Travel London from their Battersea (QB) garage using Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Tridents.

In March 2007, the Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Tridents were replaced by brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s.

In May 2009, the route was included in the sale of Travel London to Abellio London.

There has been debate as to whether route 452 has yet reached its full potential as a north to south bus route - particularly due to the choice of terminating stops, with low rates of usage reported along the final stretches of the route. The southern terminus, at the little-used Wandsworth Road station and in an area with a relatively low population density, means there is only limited potential for connections to other bus routes or modes of transport.

Although route 452 was introduced in connection with the Western extension of the congestion charging zone, Transport for London maintained the route following the removal of the Western extension at the end of 2010.

On 3 December 2011, the route was retained by Abellio London.

On 19 November 2016, the route extended from Wandsworth Road to Vauxhall via Wandsworth Road.

On 1 December 2018, the route passed to Tower Transit operating from Westbourne Park (X) garage using Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs.

Current Route

Route 452 operates via these primary locations:

  • Vauxhall Bus Station
  • Wandsworth Road Station
  • Queenstown Road Station
  • Battersea Park Station
  • Sloane Square Station
  • Knightsbridge Station
  • High Street Kensington Station
  • Notting Hill Gate Station
  • Ladbroke Grove Station
  • Ladbroke Grove Sainsbury's
  • Kensal Rise Station

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