London Buses route 240
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|Vehicle||Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.1m|
|Peak vehicle requirement||11|
|Night-time||No night service|
|Via||Mill Hill East
|Length||8 miles (12 km)|
|Frequency||About every 12-20 minutes|
|Journey time||30-57 minutes|
|Operates||05:40 until 01:00|
Route 240 was introduced in the 1930s between Edgware and Golders Green and replaced the former London General Omnibus Company Route 104.
The route has always had an Edgware to Golders Green itinerary, although initially it was split into two sections, the Mill Hill Broadway Station to Edgware section being operated by single-deck TDs and the Mill Hill to Golders Green section by double-deck RTs. This was because of the low railway bridge over Mill Hill Broadway which did not permit double-decker operation. The single-deck part was renumbered 240A and extended to Page Street, and then in 1951 was further extended to Mill Hill East Station over the current route 221 (i.e. Edgware Station, Hale Lane, Mill Hill Broadway, Flower Lane, Bunns Lane, Page Street, Pursley Road, Bittacy Rise, Engel Park, Bittacy Hill, Mill Hill East Station).
Route 240/A is notable at this time as being the only London Buses route that has ever accepted single tube tickets, between Mill Hill East, Mill Hill Broadway and Edgware. This was in lieu of the planned extension of the Northern Line (cancelled after the Second World War and the Green Belt Act) from Mill Hill East, via Mill Hill The Hale to Edgware. A ticket for "Mill Hill The Hale" cost a little more than one to Mill Hill East, and enabled the passenger to retain his tube ticket for use on the 240/A anywhere in the direction of Edgware.
In 1966, the two part-workings were recombined into a single through route when the M1 Motorway was built and the bridge at Mill Hill Broadway replaced with a higher one which permitted the use of double-deckers: thus route 240 has been operating over its current journey since that date. On the same date in January 1966, route 221 was extended to Edgware and took over the route 240A section through Mill Hill on Mondays-Saturdays. Route 240A then continued as a Sunday-only service between Edgware and Golders Green via Flower Lane, Page Street, Bittacy Rise until 1979, when route 221 gained a Sunday service.
For much of its history route 240 was operated by Cricklewood (W) and on Sundays by Hendon (AE). It is presently based at Edgware (EW). In the 1960s Cricklewood's weekend allocation to the 240 was transferred to Hendon (AE). Edgware (EW) gained the whole allocation in 1986, and the route is now operated by Metroline using Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TL.
In 2013, Alexander Dennis Enviro400 double deckers were introduced.
- Golders Green Station Bus Station
- Mill Hill East Station
- Mill Hill Broadway Station
- Edgware Station Bus Station
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