London Buses route 112
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|Vehicle||Dennis Dart SLF 10.5m / Caetano Nimbus|
|Peak vehicle requirement||7|
|Night-time||No night service|
|Start||Ealing Broadway station|
|End||Brent Cross bus station|
|Length||7 miles (11 km)|
|Journey time||23-40 minutes|
|Operates||05:39 until 00:29|
Route 112 is a busy service which serves the North Circular Road. It was introduced in the 1950s and was a very different route from what it is today; it ran from Palmers Green to Ealing Broadway, with a very long Sunday only extension to Hampton Court. The Hampton Court section was cut back to Kew Green in the 1950s, and withdrawn completely at the end of the 1950s.
In 1971 the route was cut to Finchley Henly's Corner, and AEC Routemasters commenced operating the service. In 1981 it was extended back to Palmers Green. In 1987 the Monday-Friday evening and all day Sunday service was withdrawn, and a year later, route 112 was converted to single decker operation with Leyland Nationals. In 1994 the route was extended to Wood Green. Severe traffic congestion on the North Circular resulted in the route progressively being shortened. In 1996, the section between Brent Cross and Palmers Green was withdrawn and replaced by route 232. Since that time, route 112 has run from Ealing Broadway to Brent Cross. In 2000, the Sunday service was re-introduced after a 13 years of absence.
For many years, the route was operated from Stonebridge Park garage. When the garage closed in 1981, operation was transferred to Cricklewood garage. The route was put up for tender and on 30 July 1988 it passed to Atlas Bus & Coach with Leyland Lynxs. Upon being re-tendered on 6 August 1994, route 112 passed to R&I Coaches using Optare Vectas. Route 112 was included in the June 1996 sale of R&I Coaches to MTL London, which in turn was bought out by Metroline in August 1998. The allocation was transferred to Cricklewood using Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Darts, and again to Perivale East in 2003.
Upon being re-tendered, the route passed to Tellings-Golden Miller on 31 July 2004 with Caetano Nimbus bodied Dennis Dart SLFs. Route 112 was included in the sale of Tellings-Golden Miller's London bus routes to Travel London on 17 June 2005, which in turn was sold to to Abellio London in May 2009.
Upon being re-tendered, Abellio London retained the route with a new contract commencing on 1 August 2009. Upon being re-tendered, the route was awarded to Metroline's Greenford garage with the transfer to occur on 2 August 2014.
- Ealing Broadway station
- North Ealing sation
- Hangar Lane station
- Stonebridge Park station
- Staples Corner
- Brent Cross bus station
- History Metroline
- "Home page for London Bus Routes History". Busesatwork.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-09-18.
- National Express Group plc agreement to sell Travel London National Express Group 21 May 2009
- NedRailways acquisition reinforces long term commitment to UK transport market NedRailways 9 June 2009
- Bus tender results Route 112 Transport for London 21 November 2013
- Tender News BusTalk (Go-Ahead London) issue 26 February 2014