London Buses route 187

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Operator Metroline[citation needed]
Garage Willesden Junction (WJ)[citation needed]
Start Central Middlesex Hospital
Via Harlesden
Kensal Rise
Queen's Park
Maida Vale
St John's Wood
End Finchley Road O2 Centre
Length 8 miles (13 km)[citation needed]
Level Daily[citation needed]

London Buses route 187 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Central Middlesex Hospital and Finchley Road O2 Centre, it is operated by Metroline.


Route 187 commenced operating on 20 November 1940 between South Harrow station and Hammersmith via Hanger Lane, Alperton, Ealing Common, Acton and Turnham Green.

On 14 January 1942, it was diverted at Hangar Lane to Hampstead Heath via Alperton, Harlesden, Kensal Rise, Maida Vale and Swiss Cottage.

On 4 September 1982, the route was curtailed between West Kilburn and Hampstead Heath. It was converted to one man operation on the same date with the AEC Routemasters replaced by MCW Metrobuses.

Route 187 was converted to midibus operation on 1 December 1990. Upon being put up for tender, the route passed to London Traveller on 4 September 1999. On the same date it withdrawn between South Harrow and Central Middlesex Hospital, being replaced by route 487, while its southern terminus changed to Queen's Park station.

On 29 October 2000, it was extended from Queens Park to Finchley Road O2 Centre. The route was included in the 1 November 2002 sale of the business to Thorpes.[1]

Upon being re-tendered, route 187 passed to First London on 6 March 2004.[2] First London successfully tendered to retain the route, with a new contract commencing on 7 March 2009.[3]

On 22 June 2013, route 187 was included in the sale of First London's Willesden Junction garage to Metroline.[4][5][6]

Current route[edit]


  1. ^ "Sovereign and Traction Sell Up in London". Buses (573): 5. December 2002. 
  2. ^ Bus tender results Route 187 Transport for London 24 October 2003
  3. ^ Bus tender results Route 187 Transport for London 19 June 2008
  4. ^ FirstGroup Announces Sale of Eight London Bus Depots FirstGroup 9 April 2013
  5. ^ Aberdeen firm FirstGroup sells off depots for £80m BBC News 9 April 2013
  6. ^ First quits London bus business Bus & Coach Professional 9 April 2013

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