London Buses route 226
|Garage||Willesden Junction (WJ)|
|Vehicle||Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 10.2m|
|Peak vehicle requirement||17|
|Start||Ealing Broadway station|
|End||Golders Green station|
|Length||9 miles (14 km)|
|Journey time||35-55 minutes|
|Operates||04:32 until 01:42|
When the 226 began, it was a very short route running from Golders Green to Cricklewood Ash Grove pretty much via its present route. In April 1936, Q 145 buses were introduced to run the route out of Chalk Farm garage. The bus was withdrawn in March 1953. On 6 May 1953, it was extended to Willesden Junction and Park Royal Stadium (Monday - Saturdays peak hours), via Willesden and Harlesden. The Willesden Junction to Harlesden Jubilee Clock section was discontinued on 7 November 1971.
On 29 June 1984, the route was extended to Burnt Oak via Alperton, Wembley, North Wembley, Preston Manor, Kingsbury, Colindale and Grahame Park. On 24 February 1990, the Burnt Oak to Park Royal section was withdrawn,and replaced by new routes 224 (between Park Royal and North Wembley) and 204 (between Wembley and Burnt Oak).
It extended again in 1992, to Alperton (Sunday evenings) and Wembley Brent Town Hall (Sundays except evenings). This was extension was withdrawn in 1995.
Upon being tendered, on 14 October 1995, route 226 passed from Metroline's Willesden garage to CentreWest's Alperton garage. On 13 October 2001, Marshall Capital bodied Dennis Dart SLFs were introduced to convert it low floor.
In 2012, a Wright Streetlite demonstrator was trialled on route 226. On 22 June 2013, route 226 was included in the sale of First London's Willesden Junction garage to Metroline. Metroline will commence a further contract on 17 October 2015.
Route 226 operates via these primary locations:
- Ealing Broadway station
- Hanger Lane station
- Central Middlesex Hospital
- Harlesden station
- Harlesden Jubilee Clock
- Willesden High Road
- Dollis Hill station
- Cricklewood Broadway
- Cricklewood station
- Golders Green station bus station
- Route 226 London Bus Routes
- Reed, John (2000). London Buses: A Brief History. Capital Transport Publishing. p. 31. ISBN 9781854142337.
- Bus tender results Transport for London 17 January 2008
- First quits London bus business Bus & Coach Professional 9 April 2013
- Date set for Aussie takeover of London bus routes Australasian Bus & Coach 14 June 2013
- Tender News Bus Talk (Go-Ahead London) issue 33 April 2015
- Route 226 Map Transport for London