London Buses route 142

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Bus 142 on Claredon Road, Watford, 7 Oct 2008.jpg
Operator Arriva The Shires
Garage Watford (GR)
Vehicle Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Alexander ALX400
Peak vehicle requirement 15
Start Watford Junction station
Via Bushey
West Hendon
End Brent Cross bus station
Length 12 miles (19 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 12-30 minutes
Journey time 50-81 minutes
Operates 06:00 until 01:30

London Buses route 142 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London and Hertfordshire, England. Running between Watford Junction station and Brent Cross bus station, it is operated by Arriva The Shires.


Route 142 was introduced by the London General Omnibus Company in March 1914.[1] During the 1950s, route 142 was a somewhat different route from its present format. It ran from Watford Junction via Bushey, Bushey Heath and Stanmore and to Edgware station. From Edgware it continued to Kilburn Park station, except in the evenings and on weekends.[2]

As part of the trolleybus replacement programme, the route was extended to Kilburn Park full-time on 3 January 1962 (but cut back to Edgware on Sundays in 1963) and again in 1966. It was withdrawn between Colindale and Kilburn Park in 1970, with this section replaced by route 32. On 31 January 1976, it was extended to Brent Cross station. On 19 May 1976 it was cut back to Brent Cross bus station (weekdays except peaks and Saturdays).[2]

Buses travelling towards Brent Cross were diverted via Edgware bus station on 16 September 1989. On 3 July 1993, it was rerouted via the withdrawn section of route 251 between Edgware and Stanmore.[2]

The allocation was transferred to London Country Bus Services' Watford garage, and became part of London Country North West in 1986. It was included in the sale of the business to Luton & District in October 1990 and retained the contract shortly afterwards, ordering 15 new Leyland Olympians to operate the route. The route was retained again in 1995, making it the first route to be retained by its existing operator through two consecutive retenders.[3] The operation was later rebranded as Arriva The Shires.

Upon being re-tendered, it was again retained by Arriva The Shires with a new contract commencing on 4 January 2003 with low-floor Alexander ALX400 bodied DAF DB250s. At the same time it was extended to Brent Cross bus station at all times. When re-tendered, it was retained by Arriva The Shires with new contracts commencing on 5 January 2008[4] and 5 January 2013.[5]

Current route[edit]

Route 142 operates via these primary locations:[6]


  1. ^ "Celebrate 100 years of the 142 bus route, which goes through Edgware and Brent Cross". This is Local London. 22 March 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c London Transport Central Area Routes 140-145 E Plates
  3. ^ McLachlan, Tom (1995). London Buses 1985-1995: Managing The Change. Venture Publications. pp. 91–92. ISBN 1-898432-74-0. 
  4. ^ Bus tender results Route 142 Transport for London 9 February 2007
  5. ^ Tender News BusTalk (Go-Ahead London) issue 16 June 2012
  6. ^ Route 142 Map Transport for London

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