London Buses route 237
|Vehicle||Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2|
|Peak vehicle requirement||20|
|Night-time||Night bus N9|
|End||White City bus station|
|Length||9 miles (14 km)|
|Journey time||43-76 minutes|
|Operates||05:30 until 00:46|
Route 237 was introduced in the early 1930s. It started at Hounslow garage and followed the current roue 235 to finish at Chertsey station. This route was still in use in 1952 after World War II and the withdrawal of trams. In 1965, the route was an early conversion to one-man operated buses.
On 28 January 1978, the route was extended from Hounslow to replace the Shepherd's Bush Green section of route 117 and the section between Sunbury and Chertsey station was withdrawn. It was converted to AEC Routemaster operation at the same time, a rare case of a route being converted from one person to crew operation (although at the same time, route 117 route was altered to single-deck operation from Routemaster so the 237 change was more of a swap than a conversion).
From 7 February 1987, the route was converted back to one-man operation using MCW Metrobuses. In the weeks leading up to the conversion the Routemasters had gradually been replaced by the Metrobuses, but still carrying a conductor.
Upon being put up for tender in 1989, the contract was won by London Buses, commencing on 6 January 1990, using new single door Leyland Olympians from a low cost base at Stamford Brook garage under the Riverside Bus name. Operation continued until 31 July 1996, when the route was withdrawn beyond Hounslow Heath, and replaced by route 235. Three months later Stamford Brook garage closed and the route was transferred to Hounslow. Around the same time the six-year-old Olympians were replaced by Metrobuses that were up to 17 years old.
Upon being re-tendered, the route passed to Armchair Passenger Transport on 27 June 1998, who operated it with Leyland Olympians and Northern Counties Palatine bodied Volvo Olympians. Armchair retained the route when re-tendered, with a new contract beginning on 11 January 2003 with new Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Trident 2s introduced.
In 2008, Plaxton President bodied Dennis Trident 2s were introduced to the route. On 29 November 2008, the route was extended to White City bus station to coincide with the opening of Westfield London.
Upon being re-tendered, it was retained by Metroline with a new contract commencing on 9 January 2010, with new Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs introduced. In May 2011, Transport for London announced a proposal to divert the route via the Frampton Road estate in Hounslow.
- Hounslow Heath Hussar
- Hounslow High Street
- Hounslow bus station
- Isleworth station
- Syon Park
- Brentford High Street
- Kew Bridge station
- Gunnersbury station
- Turnham Green Church
- Stamford Brook station
- Goldhawk Road station
- Shepherds Bush station
- White City bus station for Wood Lane station
- Mike Harris, The 1952 Greater London Bus Map
- Geoff Rixon (2008), Routemaster Omnibus, Ian Allan, p. 164
- History Metroline
- ComfortDelGro Corporation Limited Announcement ComfortDelGro
- Armchair bought by Metroline Bus & Coach Professional 26 November 2004
- New White City bus station will cater for 10,000 passengers a day Transport for London 25 November 2008
- Bus route changes 'could leave elderly and disabled stranded Hounslow Chronicle 12 May 2011