London Buses route 297
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|Garage||Perivale West (PA)|
|Vehicle||Scania N230UD 10.8m / East Lancs Olympus|
|Peak vehicle requirement||16|
|Start||Ealing Broadway station|
|Length||9 miles (14 km)|
|Journey time||39-72 minutes|
Route 297 commenced operating on 7 September 1968 to replace the withdrawn section of route 46 between Willesden garage and Perivale as a Monday to Saturday route. Initially operated by AEC Regent III RTs, on 19 July 1969 it was converted to one man operation with AEC Merlins, before reverting to double deck operation with Daimler Fleetlines on 5 February 1972.
On 2 June 1984, the route was extended from Perivale to Ealing Broadway.
Upon being put up for tender, route 297 passed from Metroline to CentreWest on 1 December 1990 and was converted to minibus operation with Wright Handybus bodied Dennis Darts. Upon being re-tendered, it returned to Metroline on 5 December 1998.
On 7 June 2008, route 297 became a 24-hour service.
On 7 March 2009, route 297's allocation was transferred to Perivale West garage and Alexander Dennis Enviro400s were introduced. On 11 December 2010, East Lancs Olympus bodied Scania N230UDs were introduced. In August 2011, Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs were introduced.
Metroline successfully tendered to retain the route with a new contract commencing on 6 December 2008.
- Ealing Broadway station
- Perivale station
- Alperton Sainsbury's
- Alperton station
- Wembley Central station
- Wembley Park station
- Blackbird Cross
- Neasden station
- Willesden garage
- Bus tender results Route 297 Transport for London 6 June 2003
- Bus tender results Route 297/N297 Transport for London 28 March 2008
- Media related to London Buses route 297 at Wikimedia Commons