London Buses route 195

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195
London bus route 195.jpg
Overview
Operator Metroline
Garage Hayes (HZ)
Vehicle Alexander Dennis Enviro200Dart 10.2m
Peak vehicle requirement 14
Route
Start Brentford
Via Southall
Bulls Bridge
Hayes
Hayes End
End Charville Lane
Length 10 miles (16 km)
Service
Level Daily
Frequency 12-20 minutes
Journey time 33-58 minutes
Operates 05:15 until 01:00

London Buses route 195 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Brentford and Charville Lane, it is operated by Metroline.

History[edit]

Route 195 commenced operation on 3 October 1965 to replace the withdrawn sections of route 105 between Hayes North and Hayes Station.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The route was extended from Hayes North to Charville Lane Estate on 30 May 1967 but withdrawn the following year, being replaced by route 105.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.

Route 195 was included in the privatiation of CentreWest in 1994, which was acquired by First London in 1997, with new Marshall Capital bodied Dennis Dart SLFs introduced on 18 April 1998.

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.[1] On 13 November 2010, route 195 was transferred to Hayes garage.

On 22 June 2013, route 195 was included in the sale of First London's Hayes garage to Metroline.[2][3][4]

Current route[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Route 195 - award announced 14 September 2009". Transport for London. 14 September 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  2. ^ FirstGroup Announces Sale of Eight London Bus Depots FirstGroup 9 April 2013
  3. ^ Aberdeen firm FirstGroup sells off depots for £80m BBC News 9 April 2013
  4. ^ First quits London bus business Bus & Coach Professional 9 April 2013

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