London Buses route 237

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

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


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to replace the Shepherd's Bush Green section of route 117 and the section between Sunbury and Chertsey Station was withdrawn.[citation needed] It was converted to double-deck Routemaster operation at the same time, a rare case of a route being converted from one person to crew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 In the weeks leading up to the conversion the Routemasters had gradually been replaced by the Metrobuses, but still carrying a conductor.[2]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Brook garage under the Riverside Bus name.[citation needed] Operation continued until 31 July 1996, when the route was withdrawn beyond Hounslow Heath, and replaced by route 235.[citation needed] Three months later Stamford Brook garage closed and the route was transferred to Hounslow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]


  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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