London Buses route 209

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London bus 209.jpg
Operator Metroline
Garage Brentford (AH)
Vehicle Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 10.2m
Peak vehicle requirement 14
Start Hammersmith bus station
Via Barnes
End Mortlake
Length 3 miles (4.8 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 6–10 minutes
Journey time 12–23 minutes
Operates 05:00 until 01:23

London Buses route 209 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Hammersmith bus station and Mortlake, it is operated by Metroline.


Route 209 commenced operating as route 9A on 18 July 1992 between Kensington and Mortlake to replace route 9 between Hammersmith and Mortlake due to a weight restriction restricting double deck buses over the weak Hammersmith Bridge. It was operated by London United's Shepherd's Bush garage. The section between Kensington and Hammersmith was later withdrawn on 7 March 1997, and the route re-numbered 209.

From February 1997 Hammersmith Bridge was closed to all traffic except buses and cyclists, while essential repairs were carried out. This improved bus services improved, journey times fell and the number of peak hour services rose, leading to increased patronage. Between February and October 1997 alone, the number of bus passengers crossing the bridge rose by 23%.[1] The bridge was reopened to all traffic, while still maintaining a weight restriction, on 21 December 1999.[1]

Upon being re-tendered, the route passed to Armchair Passenger Transport on 30 October 1999. Armchair successfully tendered to retain the route with a new contract commencing on 21 August 2004.[2]

Route 209 was included in the sale of Armchair to ComfortDelGro in November 2004.[3][4][5] On 6 January 2007, ComfortDelGro integrated Armchair into its Metroline subsidiary.

Upon being re-tendered, Metroline retained the route with a new contract commencing on 20 August 2011.

Current route[edit]

Previous route 209 in London[edit]

Between 14 May 1952 and 4 July 1992, route 209 ran between Stanmore and South Harrow until replaced by route H12.


  1. ^ a b Hammersmith Bridge Reopening Means More Cars
  2. ^ Bus tender results Route 209 Transport for London 2 February 2004
  3. ^ History Metroline
  4. ^ ComfortDelGro Corporation Limited Announcement ComfortDelGro
  5. ^ Armchair bough by Metroline Bus & Coach Professional 26 November 2004

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