London Buses route 268

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268 Arriva bus.jpg
Operator Arriva The Shires
Garage Watford (GR)
Vehicle DAF SB120 10.1m / Wright Cadet
Peak vehicle requirement 7
Start Golders Green station
Via Hampstead Heath
Belsize Park
Swiss Cottage
End Finchley Road O2 Centre
Length 3 miles (4.8 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 12-15 minutes
Journey time 14-32 minutes
Operates 05:10 until 00:15

London Buses route 268 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Golders Green station and Finchley Road O2 Centre, it is operated by Arriva The Shires.


Route 268 commenced operating on 7 September 1968 between Golders Green station and Finchley Road station with AEC Merlins. These were replaced with Leyland Nationals on 5 February 1978.

Upon being put up for tender, on 31 May 1986 it passed to London Country North West with Mercedes-Benz L608Ds. These were stabled at Scratchwood services on the M1 motorway, with maintenance carried out at the Mercedes dealership in Colindale. London Country later opened its own base in Muswell Hill, where with route 268 was moved, along with routes 153 and C2.[1]

The route was re-tendered, and on 6 June 1989 passed to R&I Coaches, of North Acton and later Harlesden garage, with Optare MetroRider buses used.[2] Route 268 was included in the June 1996 sale of R&I Coaches to MTL London and merged into the London Northern operation, with more Mercedes minbuses used along with Carlyle bodied Dennis Darts.

Route 268 was included in the August 1998 sale of MTL to Metroline.[3] On 21 November 1998, the route was extended from Finchley Road station along Finchley Road to the O2 Centre. Metroline took over MTL's buses, but the operation of route 268 gradually passed to new Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs.

Upon being re-tendered, route 268 passed to Arriva The Shires' Watford garage on 10 June 2006.[1][4] Arriva The Shires retained the route when next tendered, with a new contract commencing on 8 June 2013.[5][6]

Current route[edit]


  1. ^ a b Route 268 Accessed 4 April 2008
  2. ^ McLachlan, Tom (1995). London Buses 1985-1995: Managing The Change. Venture Publications. p. 104. ISBN 1-898432-74-0. 
  3. ^ History Metroline
  4. ^ "Route 268 - award announced 07 October 2005". Transport for London. 7 October 2005. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Bus tender result Route 268 Transport for London 16 November 2012
  6. ^ Tender News BusTalk (Go-Ahead London) issue 19 December 2012

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