London Buses route 245
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|Vehicle||Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2|
|Peak vehicle requirement||21|
|End||Golders Green station|
|Length||9 miles (14 km)|
|Journey time||43-70 minutes|
|Operates||05:00 until 00:46|
Route 245 commenced operating on 3 January 1962 between Stanmore and North Finchley via Canons Park, Edgware, Colindale, West Hendon, Cricklewood, Golders Green and Finchley Central as a replacement for trolleybus route 645 with AEC Routemasters.
On 18 November 1964, the weekend service was withdrawn and partly replaced by new route 245A. On 7 September 1968, route 245 was withdrawn between Stanmore and Colindale, being partly replaced by route 251 between Stanmore and Edgware.
In 1978, the route was converted to double-deck operation, and a Sunday service was introduced in 1980. In 1987, MCW Metrobuses were introduced while in 1990, just two years later, replaced by Leyland Nationals. But in 1991, the Metrobuses were reintroduced, while a year later in 1992, the route was converted to single-decker operation.
The 245 was at first based at Metroline's Cricklewood garage with RT's. The allocation was later transferred to Harrow Weald, while North Wembley gained part of the allocation in 1991, and gained the whole allocation in 1999, converting the route to low floor single deckers.
On 23 January 1993, route 245 was extended to Alperton Sainsbury's (weekdays except peaks/Saturday Shopping Hours). On 27 June 1998, route 245 was extended at all times to Alperton Sainsbury's. In 1999, low floor Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Dart SLFs were introduced.
Upon being re-tendered, the route was retained by Metroline, with a new contract commencing on 28 June 2003. When next tendered, it passed to First London's Alperton garage on 28 June 2008 with new Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Darts.
In September 2012, a weekday working was converted to double deck using a Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL. On 22 June 2013, route 245 was included in the sale of First London's Alperton garage to Metroline. In August 2013, route 245 was converted to double deck operation.
- Alperton Sainsbury's
- Bridgewater Road for Alperton station
- Sudbury Town station
- Sudbury & Harrow Road station
- North Wembley station
- Wembley Park
- Neasden Shopping Centre
- Cricklewood garage
- Cricklewood Broadway
- Cricklewood station
- Childs Hill
- Golders Green station
- Bus tender results Route 245 Transport for London 20 December 2007
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- Date set for Aussie takeover of London bus routes Australasian Bus & Coach 14 June 2013
- Bus Service Changes May 2008 - September 2013 Transport for London