London Buses route 266
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|Garage||Atlas Road (AS)|
|Vehicle||Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2|
|Peak vehicle requirement||25|
|Start||Hammersmith bus station|
Willesden Junction station
|End||Brent Cross bus station|
|Length||10 miles (16 km)|
|Frequency||About every 8-20 minutes|
|Journey time||49-98 minutes|
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On 13 June 1970, it was withdrawn between Edgware and Colindale.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On 25 April 1981, route 266 was withdrawn between Staples Corner and Mill Hill Broadway station with most services diverted to Brent Cross bus station.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.
The route featured in an episode of Mr. Bean Rides Again.
Upon being re-tendered in 2011, the route was awarded to First London from 19 May 2012.
Route 266 operates via these primary locations:
- Hammersmith bus station for Hammersmith stations
- Acton Vale
- Acton High Street
- Acton Mainline station
- North Acton station
- Willesden Junction station
- Harlesden Jubilee Clock
- Willesden Garage
- Willesden Green station
- Cricklewood Broadway
- Cricklewood Garage
- Staples Corner
- Brent Cross bus station