London Buses route 139
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Alexander Dennis Enviro400 on route 139
|Vehicle||Alexander Dennis Enviro400H 10.2m|
|Peak vehicle requirement||21|
|Length||7 miles (11 km)|
|Frequency||About every 8-12 minutes|
|Journey time||34-65 minutes|
The current route 139 was formed on 14 March 1992 to replace the withdrawn Northern section of route 159 between West Hampstead and Baker Street. Route 139 originally ran from West Hampstead, with some daytime journeys extended to and from Golders Green, to Trafalgar Square, using standard length Routemasters from London Northern's Chalk Farm Garage. The destination for these extended journeys read "WEST HAMPSTEAD & Golders Green" and the Routemasters were initially route branded displaying West End via points (West Hampstead, Baker Street, Oxford Street, Regent Street) above the lower deck windows and Route 139 West Hampstead & Oxford Street on the front advertisement panels eitherside of the blinds.
In 1993, less than a year since the route's inception, Chalk Farm Bus Garage closed, and the Routemasters moved to Holloway (HT), which already operated Routemasters on route 10. They lost their route branding in favour of the MTL London livery, after London Northern was bought out by MTL in October 1994.
A rather surprising change happened in 1998 when the 139 was converted on 28 March to single deck one person operation, using Marshall-bodied Darts based at North Acton Bus Garage, running at approximately the same frequencies as before. This was therefore a reduction in capacity; but a new route 189, formed the previous year, was extended to help on the overlapping section between Abbey Road and Oxford Circus. The Golders Green journeys were withdrawn, terminating at West End Green at all times. In September 2000, North Acton Garage closed and the whole fleet moved to Cricklewood (W), being closer to the West Hampstead Terminus.
On 1 February 2003 the route was extended from Trafalgar Square to Waterloo Station, via the Strand and Waterloo Bridge, and at the same time was gradually converted back to double deck, this time Plaxton President bodied Dennis Trident 2s were ordered, in preparation for the London congestion charge. "This will provide new links in the West End and enhance the frequency of some links currently provided by route 176." In reality, all bus types working from Cricklewood (W) can be seen on the route. Darts also make the odd rare appearance.
- West Hampstead West End Green
- West Hampstead National Rail Stations
- West Hampstead Underground Station
- Baker Street Station
- Bond Street Station
- Oxford Circus Station
- Piccadilly Circus Station
- Trafalgar Square
- Charing Cross Station
- Waterloo Station Waterloo Road
Previous route 139s in London
Until 21 November 1987, route 139 ran between Ilford and Dagenham Dock.