London Buses route 240
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|Vehicle||Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.1m|
|Peak vehicle requirement||11|
|Night-time||N113 (Edgware to Marble Arch)|
|Start||Golders Green station|
|Via||Mill Hill East station
|Length||8 miles (13 km)|
|Journey time||30-57 minutes|
|Operates||05:40 until 01:00|
Route 240 was introduced in the 1930s between Golders Green and Edgware stations and replaced the former London General Omnibus Company route 104. The only single-decker version of the LS (London Six) type bus ran on route 240.
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 Leyland Tiger TDs, while the Mill Hill to Golders Green section was served by double-deck AEC Regent III RTs. This was because a low railway bridge over Mill Hill Broadway 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.
Route 240/A is notable at this time as being the only London Buses route that has ever accepted single London Underground tickets, between Mill Hill East, Mill Hill Broadway and Edgware. This was in lieu of the planned extension of the Northern line (cancelled after World War II 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.
On 23 January 1966, the two part-workings were recombined into a single through route, after the M1 motorway was built and the bridge at Mill Hill Broadway was replaced with a higher one, permitting the use of double-deckers: thus route 240 has been operating over its current journey since that date. On the same date, 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.
In April 2003 it was converted to low floor operation with Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs. Upon being re-tendered, the route was retained by Metroline with a new contract commencing on 30 April 2005. Metroline successfully tendered to retain the route with a new contract commencing on 28 April 2012 with Alexander Dennis Enviro400s introduced.Although many thourght the route would have had the VPLs.
For much of its history route 240 was operated by Cricklewood garage and on Sundays by Hendon. It is operated from Edgware. In the 1960s Cricklewood's weekend allocation to route 240 was transferred to Hendon. Edgware gained the whole allocation in 1986.