London Buses route 110
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|Vehicle||Dennis Dart SLF 10.2m / Plaxton Pointer 2|
|Peak vehicle requirement||5|
|Night-time||No night service|
|Start||West Middlesex Hospital|
Powder Mill Lane
Hospital Bridge Road
|Length||7 miles (11 km)|
|Frequency||About every 20-30 minutes|
|Journey time||24-45 minutes|
|Operates||04:48 until 01:22|
This route was introduced on 27 May 1936, running from Twickenham Station, via Staines Road, Hampton Road West, Hanworth Road, Hounslow Garage, and Kingsley Road to Lampton (weekdays). On Sundays it ran between Hanworth (Oxford Arms) and Hounslow Garage. It replaced route 201 between Hanworth and Lampton, and was operated with ST buses from Hounslow Garage (AV).
On 24 March 1937 the Sunday service was extended to run between Twickenham and Lampton, and during Monday to Friday rush hours the service was extended from Twickenham via Richmond to Kew Gardens Station.
On 4 May 1938 the Twickenham to Kew Gardens section was withdrawn, and the route was extended daily from Lampton, via Heston and Hounslow West to Hounslow Garage, replacing circular route 50.
On 9 November 1938 the route was withdrawn on Sundays and the weekday service was diverted to run via Hospital Bridge Road and Powder Mill Lane instead of Hampton Road West and part of Hanworth Road. New route 110A ran daily between Hounslow Garage and Hanworth (Brown Bear), and on to Twickenham on Sundays.
On 5 April 1939 the 110A was extended on Sundays via the Heston loop, and (also on Sundays) from Twickenham via Richmond, Chiswick Bridge, Chiswick High Road to Hammersmith (Brook Green), making it very long and circuitous. On 7 June 1939 the weekday 110A was renumbered 110B and extended in rush hours from Hounslow Garage via Lampton, Great West Road, and Windmill Road to Northfields Station. This extension was short-lived, being withdrawn on 22 November 1939.
The three routes, 110, 110A and 110B were restructured from 16 February 1944, when they were replaced by route 110, running between Twickenham and Hounslow Garage via Powder Mill Lane, and route 111 running in the shape of a number nine, from Hounslow Garage, via Hounslow West, Heston, Lampton, Hounslow Garage, to Hanworth (Brown Bear) and on Sundays on via Twickenham, Richmond, and Chiswick to Hammersmith (Brook Green).
The 110 then settled down as the short route from Twickenham to Hounslow. It was extended from Hounslow to Cranford during Monday to Friday peaks from 12 October 1960, on Saturdays (except evenings) from 8 May 1963, all day Monday to Fridays from 1 July 1964, and on Sundays from 23 January 1966. The Cranford extension was withdrawn on Monday to Friday evenings from 21 February 1966, but was reinstated on 7 September 1968.
The Sunday service was withdrawn on 31 December 1966, and replaced by a new 110A, running between Twickenham and Hounslow via Hampton Road West, as route 110 had 30 years earlier. This service was withdrawn on 23 August 1969. A limited Sunday afternoon service between Twickenham and Hounslow via Powder Mill Lane was reintroduced on route 110 on 17 April 1971, but withdrawn on 28 January 1978.
The Cranford leg was progressively withdrawn on 19 July 1975 (MF evenings), 28 January 1978 (MF daytime), 27 November 1993 (Saturdays), and 30 January 1995 (MF peaks).
The Sunday service was reinstated (between Twickenham and Hounslow) on 3 May 1998.
The route was converted from crew-operated double deckers to one-person-operated MBS-class AEC Merlin operation in 1968. These were replaced by the shorter SMS-class AEC Swift in 1970. These unreliable vehicles were replaced by LS-class Leyland Nationals in 1976. The route was transferred from Hounslow to Fulwell garage in 1978, and an upper deck returned to the route in March 1979, in the shape of M-class MCW Metrobuses, these were the first of the production batch to enter service in London, and also worked on route 270. The route plodded on until April 1987, when after being placed out the tender the contract was awarded to London Country South West at Addlestone Garage. Seven second-hand Leyland Atlanteans were purchased from GM Buses to cover the peak requirement of 5. But the buses were not as reliable as had been hoped, and from 1988 they were replaced by brand new vehicles, firstly a temporary allocation of Dennis Dominators and then by massive Volvo Citybuses, with 88-seat East Lancs bodywork. The contract ran for three years, until April 1990 when Westlink took over with more conventional 49-seat single deck Optare Deltas. Following the take over of Westlink by London United, the route moved back to its spiritual home at Hounslow in 1998 and step entrance Dennis Darts released by newer buses elsewhere moved in. For about a year from March 2002, the route was worked by Optare Excels, before receiving brand new low-floor Dennis Dart SLFs.
On 5 September 2011, route 110 was transferred to Fulwell (FW).
- West Middlesex Hospital
- Twickenham Road
- London Road
- Isleworth Station
- London Road
- Hounslow Bus Station
- London Road
- Hanworth Road
- Powder Mill Lane
- Hospital Bridge Road
- Staines Road
- Twickenham Green
- Heath Road
- King Street
- York Street
- Twickenham Arragon Road for Twickenham Station
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