London Buses route 266

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Operator Tower Transit
Garage Atlas Road (AS)
Vehicle Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2
Peak vehicle requirement 25
Night-time 24-hour service
Start Hammersmith bus station
Via Ravenscourt Park
North Acton
Willesden Junction station
Staples Corner
End Brent Cross bus station
Length 10 miles (16 km)
Level Daily
Frequency About every 8-20 minutes
Journey time 49-98 minutes
Operates 24-hour service

London Buses route 266 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Hammersmith and Brent Cross bus stations, it is operated by Tower Transit.


Route 266 commenced operating on 3 January 1962 between Edgware and Hammersmith bus stations via Burnt Oak, Colindale, Cricklewood, Willesden, Harlesden and Acton as a replacement for trolleybus route 666 with AEC Routemasters.

On 13 June 1970, it was withdrawn between Edgware and Colindale. From 31 January 1976, weekday daytime services were diverted to Brent Cross bus station. On 28 October 1978, peak hour services were extended to Mill Hill Broadway station.

On 25 April 1981, route 266 was withdrawn between Staples Corner and Mill Hill Broadway station with most services diverted to Brent Cross bus station. On 2 November 1985, it was converted to one man operation with MCW Metrobuses. From 14 October 1995, all services were extended to Brent Cross, except for late evening services.

In late 1998 low-floor Dennis Trident 2s entered service. Route 266 gained a night service (N266) in 2001 but only as far as Cricklewood garage, on 26 July 2003 this was extended to Brent Cross, and route 266 became a 24-hour service.

On 22 June 2013, route 266 was included in the sale of First London's Atlas Road garage to Tower Transit.[1][2]

The route featured in an episode of Mr. Bean Rides Again.

Tender History[edit]

Upon being re-tendered in 2004, the route was retained by Metroline from May 2005.[3]

Upon being re-tendered in 2011, the route was awarded to First London from 19 May 2012.

Current route[edit]

Route 266 operates via these primary locations:[4]


  1. ^ First quits London bus business Bus & Coach Professional 9 April 2013
  2. ^ Date set for Aussie takeover of London bus routes Australasian Bus & Coach 14 June 2013
  3. ^ Bus tender results Route 266/N266 Transport for London 23 September 2004
  4. ^ Route 266 Map Transport for London

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