London Buses route 350

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350
Abellio route 350.jpg
Overview
Operator Abellio London
Garage Hayes (WS)
Vehicle Dennis Trident 2 9.9m / Alexander ALX400
Peak vehicle requirement 8
Route
Start Hayes
Via Stockley Park
West Drayton
Harmondsworth
End Heathrow Airport Terminal 5
Length 7 miles (11 km)
Service
Level Daily
Frequency 12-20 minutes
Journey time 25-37 minutes
Operates 03:30 until 00:56

London Buses route 350 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Hayes and Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, it is operated by Abellio London.

History[edit]

Route 350 commenced operating on 22 March 2008 between Hayes and Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 via Stockley Park, West Drayton and Harmondsworth. It was introduced to coincide with the opening of the new airport terminal, initially being operated by Travel London's Hayes garage with new Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Darts.[1][2]

The route was an extension of the previous H50 introduced in 2001 to create a new direct link between Hayes & Harlington and West Drayton stations via Stockley Park.[3] The route was initially branded as Trainlink, funded by the Hayes West Drayton partnership and the Government's Challenge Fund, operated by Wings, the three single deck buses carried a green livery with route brandings.[3]

The service had become very popular with commuters commuting to and from Stockley Park in the mornings and evenings, but very little used outside these times with buses often seen running nearly empty. The decision was taken to convert the whole service to double deck as there were only three buses needed for the route.[3]

However, Wings had sold their bus operation to Tellings-Golden Miller, who were reluctant to operate double deckers, so various options were considered and the problem eventually solved itself when Tellings-Golden Miller was purchased by Travel London who operated double deckers, which entered service in April 2005. This was short lived, and the route was converted back to single deck, with some double deck peak journeys, on 22 March 2008 when it was renumbered 350 and extended from West Drayton to Terminal 5.[3]

Route 350 was included in the May 2009 sale of Travel London to Abellio London.[4][5][6]

On 31 March 2012, the Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Darts were replaced by Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Trident 2s.[3] Upon being re-tendered the route was retained by Abellio London with a new contract to commence on 21 March 2015.[7][8]

Current route[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bus tender results Route 350 Transport for London 10 August 2007
  2. ^ First Piccadilly line passengers travel to Heathrow Terminal 5 Transport for London 27 March 2008
  3. ^ a b c d e Route 350 London Bus Routes
  4. ^ National Express Group plc agreement to sell Travel London National Express Group 21 May 2009
  5. ^ NatEx sells London bus business Bus & Coach Professional 22 May 2009
  6. ^ NedRailways acquisition reinforces long term commitment to UK transport market NedRailways 9 June 2009
  7. ^ Tender News Bus Talk (Go-Ahead London) issue 29 August 2014
  8. ^ "More New Routemasters destined for Stagecoach" Buses issue 714 September 2014 page 20

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