London Buses route 195
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|Vehicle||Alexander Dennis Enviro200Dart 10.2m|
|Peak vehicle requirement||14|
|Length||10 miles (16 km)|
|Journey time||33-58 minutes|
|Operates||05:15 until 01:00|
Route 195 commenced operation on 3 October 1965 to replace the withdrawn sections of route 105 between Hayes North and Hayes Station. It then ran via Lady Margaret Road, Ruislip Road, Greenford and Western Avenue, terminating at Perivale Bideford Avenue where the Hoover Building and Perivale Tesco now is.
The route was extended from Hayes North to Charville Lane Estate on 30 May 1967 but withdrawn the following year, being replaced by route 105.
It was re-introduced on 4 December 1971 to remove crewed operation from this part of route 105. Route 195 was diverted via Dormers Wells instead of the full length of Lady Margaret Road. It was re-routed to Ealing Hospital on 2 June 1984.
From its introduction until the mid-1980s, the 195 was operated by London Transport from the Hanwell garage, originally using single-deck buses before being converted to double-deck operation with MCW Metrobuses in 1980.
Upon being put out to tender, the route passed to London Buslines on 12 April 1986 with Daimler Fleetlines. The allocation was transferred back to Hanwell garage in 1991, now under the operation of the London Regional Transport subsidiary CentreWest, and using midibuses. When Hanwell was closed two years later, the allocation was transferred to Greenford garage.
Upon being e-tendered, the route passed to Ealing Community Transport on 19 April 2003 with new Caetano Nimbus bodied Dennis Dart SLFs. On 19 April 2008, it was extended beyond Ealing Hospital to Brentford County Court, via Hanwell and Boston Manor, with the peak vehicle requirement increasing to 14.
On 14 March 2009, Ealing Community Transport returned its operating permit for route 195 to Transport for London citing poor profitability and increased costs of operating the service. First London resumed operating the route on a temporary contract from Greenford garage, initially using their own Caetano Nimbus bodied Dennis Dart SLFs as well as Marshall Capital bodied Dennis Dart SLFs.
Upon being put out to tender, First London were awarded the route with a contract starting on 17 April 2010 with new Alexander Dennis Enviro200s. On 13 November 2010, route 195 was transferred to Hayes garage.
- Brentford County Court
- Brentford station
- Boston Manor station
- Hanwell Broadway
- Ealing Hospital
- Southall Town Hall
- Southall station
- Bulls Bridge Tesco
- Hayes & Harlington station
- Hayes End
- Charville Lane Estate Hoppner Road
- "Route 195 - award announced 14 September 2009". Transport for London. 14 September 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
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