London Buses route 210
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|Vehicle||Dennis Trident 2 9.9m / Alexander ALX400
Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.1m
|Peak vehicle requirement||17|
|Night-time||No night service except on New Years Day when it runs all night every 20 minutes|
|Start||Brent Cross bus station|
|End||Finsbury Park station|
|Length||7 miles (11 km)|
|Journey time||32-55 minutes|
|Operates||04:40 until 01:00|
Route 210 commenced operating on 3 October 1934 as a re-numbering of route 110 in the London Transport re-numbering scheme introduced on that day. It ran daily between Golders Green and Finsbury Park stations via Hampstead Heath, Highgate, Highgate Hill, Archway station and Hornsey Rise,
On 24 January 1970, the route was converted to one-person operation using the same "RF-Type" vehicles that had previously been used as crew operated vehicles. At the same time, the route was cut back from Leyton to Finsbury Park, with route 236 being re-introduced. It was decided route 210 as a one-person operated route wouldn't be able to cope with the large influx of passengers carried on Sundays to Hampstead Heath, so the crew-operated 236 was further extended on Sundays to Golders Green duplicating route 210. This situation continued until the 17 April 1971 when the larger AEC Swifts were introduced on the route, allowing the Sunday 236 extension to Golders Green be withdrawn at the same time.
Route 210 was extended on Mondays to Saturdays (evenings excepted) from Golders Green to Brent Cross bus station on 31 January 1976, but in the first few weeks after the extension, the service was disrupted by disgruntled residents in the Brent area. The problems were eventually resolved and Brent Cross bus station has remained the terminus ever since.
On 21 June 1986, the route was transferred from Muswell Hill garage to Holloway garage. This resulted in the end of the peculiar garage journeys from Archway to Muswell Hill garage via route 43, or from Golders Green to Muswell Hill garage via route 102. Holloway took over with Mark II Leyland Nationals rendered spare following the withdrawal of Red Arrow route 555, which represented a small improvement over the Mark I Nationals from Muswell Hill.
By January 1988 the Mark II Nationals were gone, needed for new route 510, and Mark I Nationals returned, mainly from Harrow Weald garage following the introduction of the Harrow Buses scheme. These vehicles stayed with route 210 until it was tendered and Grey-Green took over on 22 September 1990. Additionally, throughout its operation by Holloway garage (21 June 1986 - 21 September 1990), Bristol LHs, meant for route C11, were used occasionally on route 210, despite their inadequate capacity.
On 19 May 1996, the Sunday service was also extended (evenings excepted) to Brent Cross Shopping Centre with the complete service being extended there from 30 November 2002.
Since the privatisation of London bus services, route 210 has been operated by different companies. On 22 September 1990 it was taken over by Grey-Green's Stamford garage using East Lancs bodied Volvo B10M single deckers. Upon being re-tendered, on 26 September 1998, Thorpes, Wembley rook over with Dennis Dart SLFs. Later the allocation moved to the new Perivale West garage.
On 16 February 2008, route 210 was converted to double-deck operation using Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Trident 2s. On 7 March 2009, route 210's allocation was transferred to Cricklewood garage. Upon being re-tendered, Metroline retained the route with a new contract commencing on 25 September 2010, and new Alexander Dennis Enviro400s introduced.
Route 210 operates via these primary locations:
- Brent Cross bus station
- Brent Cross station
- Golders Green station
- Kenwood House
- Highgate Village
- Whittington Hospital
- Archway station
- Hornsey Rise
- Stroud Green
- Crouch End station
- Finsbury Park bus station for Finsbury Park station
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