London Buses route 111

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OperatorAbellio London
VehicleNew Routemaster
Peak vehicle requirement25 (April 2017)
Began service16 February 1944
Former operator(s)London Regional Transport
London Transport Executive
London Transport Board
London Transport Executive
London Passenger Transport Board
Night-time24-hour service
StartHeathrow Airport

London Buses route 111 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England, running between Heathrow Airport and Kingston. It is operated by Abellio London.


Route 111 commenced operating on 16 February 1944 from Hounslow garage to Hanworth.[1] It was converted to driver-only single-deck operation with AEC Swifts on 23 August 1969. At the same time a self-service system was introduced on routes 110 and 111, with passengers buying tickets from a machine.[2] It was extended to Heathrow Airport in 1981.[1]

From 1 December 2007, route 111 was converted into a 24-hour service; before its introduction a number of residents in Hampton complained to the local newspaper and Transport for London, who named the alternative of more route 481 buses bypassing Hampton to the north-east.[3] Supporters of the extension in hours of operation included the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.[4]

Weekday peak hours service increased to every 8–9 minutes in 2010.[5] The service was free within the Heathrow free travel zone, until the travel zone was abolished in June 2021 after Heathrow Airport Holdings withdrew funding.[6]

Having been operated out of Hounslow garage since its inception, on 30 April 2022 it was taken over by Abellio London and began being operated out of Twickenham bus garage with electric buses.[1][7]

Current route[edit]

Route 111 operates via these primary locations:[8]


  1. ^ a b c London United loses route 111 Buses issue 798 September 2021 page 22
  2. ^ Graeme Bruce, J; Curtis, Colin (1977). The London Motor Bus: Its Origins and Development. London Transport. p. 116. ISBN 0853290830.
  3. ^ "24-hour bus scheme fury". Richmond & Twickenham Times. 24 October 2007.
  4. ^ "24 hour service for 111 bus route" (Press release). Transport for London. 26 November 2007.
  5. ^ "Councillors' Details - London Borough of Richmond upon Thames". April 2022.
  6. ^ Heathrow free travel zone to end - 12 June 2021 Transport for London 12 June 2021
  7. ^ "Abellio London launches two new routes. 11 Switch e-buses and 30 Wrightbus Electroliner to enter service within 2022". Sustainable Bus. 5 May 2022. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  8. ^ Route 111 Map Transport for London

External links[edit]

Media related to London Buses route 111 at Wikimedia Commons