London Buses route C11
|Vehicle||Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart|
|Start||Brent Cross bus station|
Parliament Hill Fields
|Length||8 miles (13 km)|
The Greater London Council took control of London Transport in 1970, with a policy of providing bus services to all areas within the London area. Previously bus routing had been restricted in areas such as Hampstead and Highgate due to narrow residential roads being unsuitable for double deck buses, but the rise in one man operation prompted the suggestion that small buses would be able to traverse these roads, without the intrusion a double deck brings.
Route C11 CamdenLink, the C standing for Camden, began on 28 October 1972 running between Cricklewood Broadway and Archway station via Hampstead Heath and Parliament Hill Fields from Highgate garage. The route initially ran with a flat fare of 10p, Monday to Friday peak hours and Saturday shopping hours. It was later extended, at different points in time, to Kings Cross and Willesden Green, and then withdrawn and finally extended to Brent Cross.
On 16 October 1976, the route was extended from Cricklewood Broadway to Willesden Green, this extension lasted until 4 September 1982 when the route was withdrawn between West Hampstead and Willesden Green, but to compensate was extended at the eastern end from Archway to Kings Cross, replacing the withdrawn route 239. In March 1984 the West Hampstead to Cricklewood section was reinstated, running via Mill Lane, and in October 1984 the route was extended further to Brent Cross bus station via Cricklewood Lane and the current route.
Upon being tendered, the route transferred from London Northern to R&I Coaches on 21 July 1990, who introduced Dennis Darts. On the same day the settled route of Kings Cross to Brent Cross was split into two over-lapping services: C11 between Brent Cross and Archway and C12 between Swiss Cottage and Kings Cross. However in July 1998, route C12 was withdrawn and replaced by an extension of route 10 between Kings Cross and Archway, and some additional short workings between Archway and Finchley Road Station on route C11. These short workings were later extended to work the whole route from Archway to Brent Cross.
R&I Coaches were bought out by MTL on 24 October 1995, who in turn sold out by Metroline in 1998. In November 2002 the route moved from Holloway to Cricklewood garage, but returned in July 2003. In February 2005 the route moved to Metroline's Thorpe & Sons subsidiary, from Perivale garage.
- Brent Cross bus station
- Cricklewood station
- West Hampstead station
- Finchley Road station
- Swiss Cottage station
- Belsize Park station
- Royal Free Hospital
- Hampstead Heath
- Gospel Oak station
- Parliament Hill Fields
- Archway station