London Buses route 183

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Operator London Sovereign
Garage Harrow (SO)
Edgware (BT)
Vehicle Scania OmniCity 10.8m
Volvo B7TL 10.6m / Plaxton President
Peak vehicle requirement 22
Night-time No night service
Start Pinner
Via Harrow
End Golders Green station
Length 11 miles (18 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 8–12 minutes
Journey time 38–79 minutes
Operates 05:05 until 01:03

London Buses route 183 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Pinner and Golders Green station, it is operated by London Sovereign.


Route 183 commenced operating on 3 October 1934, running from Northwood Garage to Golders Green station via Pinner, North Harrow, Kenton, Kingsbury and Brent Green,[1] operating from Hendon garage, using Leyland Titan STDs which were in turn replaced in 1953 by the AEC Regent III RTs. This route was still much the same in 1952.[2] LT-type buses allocated to Harrow Weald garage were used on route 183 between Golders Green and Pinner.[3] In April 1937, STD-type buses first went into service on route 183.[3]

The AEC Regent III RTs were replaced by Daimler Fleetlines in 1975 which gave way to MCW Metrobuses in 1980. It also swapped with route 83 in the Hendon area running via The Bell instead of Hendon Central station.[4]

Hendon garage was closed in 1987 and the allocation was transferred to Metroline's Harrow Weald garage) and the Daimler Fleetlines returned and some single decks entered service. Route 183 was extended from Northwood station to Harrow Weald for garage journeys, but was withdrawn between Pinner and Northwood on November 1987.

Upon bring re-tendered, the route passed to London Sovereign with a new contract commencing in September 1999, with single deck Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Dart SLFs.[5] However overcrowding resulted, and in 2001 it reverted to double deck operation with Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs.[4]

In 2008, the route was the subject to persistent theft. Gangs of pickpockets targeted old people, slashing their bags and stealing their money, keys and other possessions.[6]

Upon bring re-tendered, the route was retained by London Sovereign with a new contract commencing on 5 September 2009 with new Scania OmniCitys.[7] The Monday to Saturday daytime frequency was increased to every 10 minutes and the PVR was increased.[4] On 18 January 2014, the frequency was increased again, by 25 per cent.[8]

Current route[edit]


  1. ^ London Transport Central Area Route 180–183
  2. ^ Mike Harris, The 1952 Greater London Bus Map 
  3. ^ a b Graeme Bruce, J; Curtis, Colin (1977). The London Motor Bus: Its Origins and Development. London Transport. pp. 50, 76. ISBN 0853290830. 
  4. ^ a b c Route 183
  5. ^ Aldridge, John (May 1999). "Small (or smaller) is beautiful". Buses (Ian Allan Publishing) (530): 13. 
  6. ^ Tara Brady (October 27, 2008), Bus thieves target elderly, Harrow Observer 
  7. ^ Bus tender results | Transport for London – February 2009
  8. ^ O'Neill, Natalie (15 January 2014). "TfL to increase frequency of bus route 183 between Golders Green and Pinner". This is Local London. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 

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