London Buses route H12

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Operator Metroline
Garage Harrow Weald (HD)
Vehicle Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Plaxton President
Peak vehicle requirement 12
Night-time No night service
Start South Harrow station
Via Rayners Lane
Harrow Weald
End Stanmore station
Length 9 miles (14 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 10-15 minutes
Journey time 33-52 minutes
Operates 05:40 until 00:55

London Buses route H12 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between South Harrow and Stanmore stations, it is operated by Metroline.


On 14 November 1987, route 209 was renumbered H12 as part of the Harrow Buses Scheme. Route 209 began on 14 May 1952 as a Monday to Saturday double deck route running from South Harrow to Harrow Weald garage. On 23 January 1966 the route was extended during peak hours to Northwick Park, replacing withdrawn route 230A. The route was converted to single deck operation in January 1971, initially using AEC Merlins and Swifts from 1974, and then Leyland Nationals from 1979.

The route was converted back to double deck operation on 2 November 1985 using MCW Metrobuses, and the peak hour extension to Northwick Park was withdrawn, being replaced by route 136, accompanied by an extension to Edgware bus station replacing withdrawn route 286. The Edgware extension was withdrawn on 14 November 1987, along with the main service renumbered to H12. Double deck school journeys were retained under the 209 number, until 4 July 1992, when they were incorporated into the main H12 service.

At first, route H12 was operated by London Buses using MCW Metrorider midibuses until Metroline gained the contract of the route in 1990 using brand new Dennis Darts. Upon being re-tendered, on 4 April 1999 the route passed to London Sovereign. Initially operated from Edgware garage but moved to Harrow on 3 November 2001. The school services were operated by Thorpe's using double deck Metrobuses.

When it came to the time to convert route H12 to double deck in 2004 to cope with school loadings in Hatch End, London Sovereign's Harrow garage could not accommodate double deckers due to a low beam in the middle of the garage. So Sovereign surrendered the route to Metroline (in a swap for route H14) who commenced operations on 4 September 2004 with new Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs from Harrow Weald garage.

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