London Buses route 209
|Vehicle||Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 10.2m|
|Peak vehicle requirement||14|
|Start||Hammersmith bus station|
|Length||3 miles (4.8 km)|
|Journey time||12–23 minutes|
|Operates||05:00 until 01:23|
Route 209 commenced operating on 8 March 1997 between Hammersmith and Mortlake going through Barnes and Castlenau. It was originally operated by London United Busways from their Shepherd's Bush garage. It replaced route 9A between Hammersmith and Mortlake. In 1998 it was partially alllocated to Fuwell but this was scrapped in January 1999 due to more space available at Shepherd's Bush. 
From February 1997 Hammersmith Bridge was closed to all traffic except buses and cyclists, while essential repairs were carried out. This improved bus services , journey times fell and the number of peak hour services rose, leading to increased patronage. Between February and October 1997 alone, the number of bus passengers crossing the bridge rose by 23%. The bridge was reopened to all traffic, while still maintaining a weight restriction, on 21 December 1999.
Upon being re-tendered, the route passed to Armchair Passenger Transport on 30 October 1999 at their Brentford Garage. Armchair successfully tendered to retain the route with a new contract commencing on 21 August 2004.
On 16th February 2008, the Hammersmith terminal was moved to the new Lower Bus Station.
Upon being re-tendered, Metroline retained the route with a new contract commencing on 20 August 2011.
Previous route 209 in London
- Media related to London Buses route 209 at Wikimedia Commons
- London Bus Routes 9A gallery
- London Bus Routes 209 gallery