London Buses route 427

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427
Metroline route 427.jpg
Overview
Operator Metroline
Garage Hayes (HZ)
Vehicle Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2
Peak vehicle requirement 22
Night-time Night bus N207
Route
Start Uxbridge station
Via Hillingdon Hill
Hayes By-Pass
Southall
Ealing
End Acton
Length 10 miles (16 km)
Service
Level Daily
Frequency 8-12 minutes
Journey time 53-86 minutes
Operates 04:35 until 01:18

London Buses route 427 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Uxbridge station and Acton, it is operated by Metroline.

History[edit]

The conversion of route 207 to articulated buses resulted in the route no longer being able to serve Uxbridge, due to tight turns in the town centre, so the route was split into two sections on 9 April 2005 with the western end between Uxbridge station and Acton was renumbered 427, running from Acton (AT) garage using Dennis Trident 2s cascaded from route 207.[1][2]

Transport for London were proposing to build the West London Tram between Shepherd's Bush and Uxbridge, running along Uxbridge Road. The tram would have replaced the current routes 207, 427 and 607. Transport for London claimed that trams would carry more passengers and be more reliable, but due to the Crossrail project going ahead the plans were scrapped.[3]

Upon being re-tendered, First London commenced a new contract on 10 April 2010, with new Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs.[4] From the same date the route was due to be extended to Acton Town Hall in place of the former Horn Lane terminus, which was eventually put in effect in January 2011.[5]

On 22 June 2013, route 427 was included in the sale of First London's Hayes garage to Metroline.[6][7][8]

Controversy[edit]

In July 2006 seven passengers on the route were attacked and robbed by a group calling themselves the "MDP".[9]

On August 22, 2008, four youths received stab wounds during a brawl on a vehicle on the route near Hayes. The injuries were not life-threatening.[10]

Current route[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aldridge, John (September 2003). "A real test coming for artics". Buses (Ian Allan Publishing) (584): 12. 
  2. ^ Bus tender results Route 427 Transport for London 26 September 2003
  3. ^ Controversial tram plan derailed BBC News 3 August 2007
  4. ^ Bus tender results Route 427 Transport for London 14 September 2009
  5. ^ Bus route extension is boot for shoppers Ealing Gazette 19 January 2011
  6. ^ FirstGroup Announces Sale of Eight London Bus Depots FirstGroup 9 April 2013
  7. ^ Aberdeen firm FirstGroup sells off depots for £80m BBC News 9 April 2013
  8. ^ First quits London bus business Bus & Coach Professional 9 April 2013
  9. ^ Did you see vicious attack on bus? Hillingdon & Uxbridge Times 29 September 2006
  10. ^ Four stabbed in gang brawl Hillingdon & Uxbridge Times 22 August 2008

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