London Buses route 209
|Vehicle||Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 10.2m|
|Peak vehicle requirement||14|
|Start||Hammersmith bus station|
|Length||3 miles (4.8 km)|
|Journey time||12–23 minutes|
|Operates||05:00 until 01:23|
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 The section between Kensington and Hammersmith was later withdrawn on 7 March 1997, and the route re-numbered 209.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%. The bridge was reopened to all traffic, while still maintaining a weight restriction, on 21 December 1999.
Upon being re-tendered, Metroline retained the route with a new contract commencing on 20 August 2011.
Previous route 209 in London
- Media related to London Buses route 209 at Wikimedia Commons
- London Bus Routes 9A gallery
- London Bus Routes 209 gallery