London Buses route 237

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237
Metroline route 237.jpg
Overview
Operator Metroline
Garage Brentford (AH)
Vehicle Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2
Peak vehicle requirement 20
Night-time Night Bus N9
Route
Start Hounslow Heath
Via Hounslow
Brentford
Kew Bridge
Turnham Green
Chiswick
End White City
Length 9 miles (14 km)
Service
Level Daily
Frequency About every 8-12 minutes
Journey time 43-76 minutes
Operates 05:30 until 00:46
"Performance". tfl.gov.uk. 

London Buses route 237 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, United Kingdom. This route is currently contracted to Metroline.

History[edit]

Route 237 was introduced in the early 1930s. It started at Hounslow Garage and followed the current route 235 to finish at Chertsey station.[citation needed] This route was still in use in 1952 after World War II and the withdrawal of trams.[1] In 1965, the route was an early conversion to one-man operated buses.[citation needed]

In 1978, the route was extended from Hounslow to replace the Shepherd's Bush Green section of route 117 and the section between Sunbury and Chertsey Station was withdrawn.[citation needed] It was converted to double-deck Routemaster operation at the same time, a rare case of a route being converted from one person to crew operation (although at the same time, the 117 route was altered to single-deck operation from routemaster so the 237 change was more of a swap than a conversion). [2]

From 7 February 1987, the route was converted back to one-man operation using MCW Metrobuses. In the weeks leading up to the conversion the Routemasters had gradually been replaced by the Metrobuses, but still carrying a conductor.[2]

Route 237 was offered for tender for the first time in 1989, and the contract was won by London Buses.[citation needed] The operation started on 6 January 1990, using brand new all Leyland single door Olympians from a low cost base at Stamford Brook garage under the Riverside Bus name.[citation needed] Operation continued until 31 July 1996, when the route was withdrawn beyond Hounslow Heath, and replaced by route 235.[citation needed] Three months later Stamford Brook garage closed and the route was transferred to Hounslow Garage.[citation needed] Around the same time the six- year old Olympians were replaced by Metrobuses up to 17 years old.[citation needed]

In 1998, London United lost the contract for route 237 and the route was transferred to Armchair, operated by Leyland Olympians and Northern Counties Palatine-bodied Volvo Olympians.[citation needed] In 2003, the contract was renewed and the route was converted to low-floor double-deck operation using Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Trident 2s.[citation needed] In early 2006, Armchair was taken over by Metroline and the existing vehicles painted into Metroline livery.[citation needed] In 2008, Plaxton President bodied Dennis Trident 2 double deckers were introduced to the route, and the Armchair vehicles returned off lease.[citation needed]

On 29 November 2008, the route was diverted at Shepherd's Bush Green via the Westfield Complex to serve the new White City Bus Station.[citation needed]

On 9 January 2010, route 237's contract was renewed with Metroline and new Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL double deckers were introduced.[citation needed]

In May 2011, Transport for London announced a proposal to divert the route via the Frampton Road estate in Hounslow.[3]

Current route[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mike Harris, The 1952 Greater London Bus Map 
  2. ^ a b Geoff Rixon (2008), Routemaster Omnibus, Ian Allan, p. 164 
  3. ^ Bus route changes 'could leave elderly and disabled stranded' Hounslow Chronicle, 12 May 2011

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