First introduced in 1912 to connect Victoria with Leyton Green, Route 38 now runs between Victoria and Clapton Pond and is London's most frequent bus service, with a bus running every sixty seconds during the morning peak period. Originally operated from Leyton Garage, the 38 weathered the changes forced upon London's bus routes during the First World War and even retained its route numbering through both the introduction of The London Traffic Act in 1924 and the changes brought about by the London Passenger Transport Board in 1934. Between 1934 and 1968, the 38 went through a number of route changes, extensions and reductions, but it was the large scale re-organisation brought about by the opening of the Victoria Line in September 1968 that changed the face of the route, along with further cut backs in October 1969.
Run by London Forest Buses from 1989, then Leaside Buses and East London Buses during privatisation, the 38 has been operated by Arriva during the TfL period and the Hackney Central to Victoria part of the route was chosen to run the eight prototype Wrightbus New Routemasters between 27 February 2012 and 10 May 2014, when full conversion took place. LTZ 1230 (LT230) entered service with Arriva London at their Clapton Depot, operating exclusively on Route 38 from 23 June 2014 right up until 27 June 2019, when the vehicle began to operate on Route 67 (Aldgate to Wood Green). During May and June 2016 Exterion Media ran a competition to design a bus livery, which was won by Sehba Basra of Dr Triplett's CE School from over 500 entries. LTZ 1230 was selected to wear Sehba's design for six months and was unveiled at the 'Transported by Design' Festival on 3 July 2016.
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