London Buses route 142

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Bus 142 on Claredon Road, Watford, 7 Oct 2008.jpg
Alexander ALX400 bodied DAF DB250LF on route 142
Operator Arriva Shires & Essex
Garage Watford (GR)
Vehicle Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Alexander ALX400
Peak vehicle requirement 15
Night-time No night service
Start Brent Cross
Via West Hendon
Burnt Oak
Bushey Heath
End Watford Junction
Length 12 miles (19 km)
Level Daily
Frequency About every 12-30 minutes
Journey time 50-81 minutes
Operates 06:00 until 01:30

London Buses route 142 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, United Kingdom. The service is currently contracted to Arriva Shires & Essex and runs between Brent Cross and Watford Junction.


Route 142 was introduced by the London General Omnibus Company in March 1914.[1] During the 1950s, route 142 was a somewhat different route from its present format. It started at Watford Junction, ran via Bushey, Bushey Heath & Stanmore and to Edgware tube station. From Edgware it continued to Kilburn Park tube station, except in the evenings and during weekends.[2]

The 142 was extended to Kilburn Park full-time in 1962 (but cut back to Edgware on Sundays in 1963) and again in 1966. It was withdrawn between Kilburn Park and Colindale in 1970, with this section replaced by the route 32. The 142 was extended at peak times to the new Brent Cross shopping centre in 1976 and a little further to Brent Cross tube station (Monday to Friday except peaks and Saturdays). The section to Brent Cross station was withdrawn in the same year.[2]

Buses travelling towards Brent Cross were diverted via Edgware bus station in 1989. Later in 1993 it was rerouted via the withdrawn section of the 251 between Edgware and Stanmore.[2]

The allocation was transferred to London Country Bus Services' Watford garage, and became part of London Country North West in 1986. Luton and District took over London Country North West in October 1990 and retained the contract shortly afterwards, ordering 15 new Leyland Olympians to operate the route. The route was retained again in 1995, making it the first route to be retained by its existing operator through two consecutive retenders.[3]

When the 142's contract was renewed in 2003, Arriva The Shires bought new low-floor Alexander ALX400 bodied DAF DB250LF double-deckers for it. They carried Arriva London's red livery and 'cow horn's' instead of Arriva Shires & Essex's turqurise blue livery.[4] On 4 January 2003, the route was extended to Brent Cross at all times.[5]

On 9 February 2013, route 142 was retained by Arriva Shires & Essex with existing Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TL double deckers.[6]

Current route[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Celebrate 100 years of the 142 bus route, which goes through Edgware and Brent Cross". This is Local London. 22 March 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c London Transport Central Area Routes 140-145
  3. ^ McLachlan, Tom (1995). London Buses 1985-1995: Managing The Change. Venture Publications. pp. 91–92. ISBN 1-898432-74-0. 
  4. ^ Route 340
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