London Buses route 209

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London bus 209.jpg
Operator Metroline
Garage Brentford (AH)
Vehicle Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 10.2m
Peak vehicle requirement 14
Start Hammersmith bus station
Via Barnes
End Mortlake
Length 3 miles (4.8 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 6–10 minutes
Journey time 12–23 minutes
Operates 05:00 until 01:23

London Buses route 209 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Hammersmith bus station and Mortlake, it is operated by Metroline.


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. [1]

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%.[2] The bridge was reopened to all traffic, while still maintaining a weight restriction, on 21 December 1999.[2]

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.[3]

Route 209 was included in the sale of Armchair to ComfortDelGro in November 2004.[4][5][6] On 6 January 2007, ComfortDelGro integrated Armchair into its Metroline subsidiary.

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.

Current route[edit]

Previous route 209 in London[edit]

Between 14 May 1952 and 4 July 1992, route 209 ran between Stanmore and South Harrow until replaced by route H12.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b Hammersmith Bridge Reopening Means More Cars
  3. ^ Bus tender results Route 209 Transport for London 2 February 2004
  4. ^ History Metroline
  5. ^ ComfortDelGro Corporation Limited Announcement ComfortDelGro
  6. ^ Armchair bough by Metroline Bus & Coach Professional 26 November 2004

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