London Buses route 27
Alexander Dennis Enviro400H on route 27 at Stamford Brook
Stamford Brook (V)
|Vehicle||Alexander Dennis Enviro400H 10.2m
Scania OmniCity 10.6m
|Peak vehicle requirement||28|
|Start||Chiswick Business Park|
|Length||9 miles (15 km)|
|Frequency||About every 7-12 minutes|
|Journey time||47-91 minutes|
The traditional route of the 27 was from Hounslow to Muswell Hill, via current route 281 as far as Twickenham, then via Richmond and Kew to the current route at Turnham Green. At Camden Town buses ran to Archway and Muswell Hill. The route had first been extended beyond Turnham Green in 1911. The route operated through World War II, when it was used by famous passengers including Peter Cushing to reach the Q Theatre near Kew Bridge.
There was also a route 27A running from Hampton Court (Vrow Walk) to Archway via Bushy Park, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham and the main 27. Indeed after the 33 was extended from Richmond to Hounslow in March 1937, the 27 became Sundays only with the service north of Archway thus lost. The numbers were swapped over in the 1950s, so that the 27 became the main route once again, and the 27A to Hounslow disappeared shortly afterwards. The route was cut back to Richmond on Mondays to Fridays in 1970, with a new localised 270 (which later became the R70) replacing the service to Teddington, although the weekend service continued to run through until 1982. The route was finally cut back to Turnham Green and Camden Town in 1992, with the new 391 indirectly taking over the Richmond service and no replacement for the Archway section. The short extension to Chalk Farm Safeway (now Morrisons) took place in 1995.
In 1950, the route took part in trials to reassure the police that eight-foot buses presented no danger to other traffic. The route was run from Holloway garage at the time. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s the route was operated with a fleet of MCW Metrobuses and ECW-bodied Leyland Olympians from Stamford Brook (V). It was operated by London United solely using Metrobuses until 2000, when it was won by First CentreWest, initially using their own fleet of Metrobuses. In 2001 Plaxton President-bodied Dennis Trident 2 double deckers were introduced.
In late 2008, it was announced that the route was to be extended from its current Turnham Green terminal to the Chiswick Business Park, which is on the site of the former Chiswick Park bus garage, following a consultation with residents. The extension was expected to take place by October 2010, but was delayed.
On 10 November 2012, route 27 was retained by London United, which was extended to Chiswick Business Park.
- Chiswick Business Park Bus Station
- Turnham Green
- King Street (for Ravenscourt Park Station)
- Hammersmith (Hammersmith & City Line) Station
- Hammersmith (District/Piccadilly Lines) Station Upper Bus Station
- Kensington Olympia Station
- High Street Kensington Station
- Notting Hill Gate Station
- Paddington Station
- Edgware Road (District, Circle and Hammersmith & City Lines) Station near Edgware Road (Bakerloo Line) Station
- Marylebone Road for Marylebone Station
- Baker Street Station
- Regent's Park Station
- Great Portland Street Station
- Warren Street Station
- Mornington Crescent Station
- Camden High Street
- Camden Town Station
- Chalk Farm Morrisons
Singer Matt Monro was a driver on route 27 prior to beginning his musical career. In January 2011, bus driver Kenny MacKay published a book titled The Road Ahead: Observations of a London Bus Driver about his experiences as a driver on route 27.
- Klapper, Charles (1961). The golden age of tramways. Routledge & Kegan Paul. p. 114.
- Route 27 busesatwork.co.uk
- Reed, John (2000). London Buses: A Brief History. Capital Transport Publishing. p. 50. ISBN 9781854142337.
- Scheme gets TfL agreement to go ahead later this year chiswickw4.com, 22 March 2010
- Bus service proposal: routes 27, 440 & H91 Transport for London
- Matt Monro - the singer's singer - biography
- Hounslow bus driver writes book about job Hounslow Chronicle, 4 January 2011
- Books: Review - The Road Ahead: Observations of a London Bus Driver. By Kenny Mackay Camden New Journal, 3 March 2011
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