Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
03.01.62
SE
20RM
12RM
17RM
 
W
8RM
7RM
7RM

EDGWARE STN - Burnt Oak - Colindale - West Hendon - Cricklewood - Willesden Green - Craven Park - Harlesden - Victoria Road - North Acton - Acton - Acton Vale - Askew Road - HAMMERSMITH
This route was introduced to replace withdrawn trolleybus service 666.

1964 map
Extracted from 1964 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
23.01.66
SE
14RM
5RM
--
 
W
13RM
13RM
10RM

Sunday SE allocation withdrawn - allocation transferred to new 260A

07.09.68
AC
13RM+
5RM
--
1rm   1RM/8    
 
SE
--
--
8RM
 
W
13RM
16RM
8RM

Mon-Sat SE allocation transferred to AC.
Sunday SE re-introduced with service 260A withdrawal.

This entry is part of the September 1968 allocation book which is available for sale
13.06.70
AC
6RM
7RM
5RM
 
SE
--
--
8RM
 
W
23RM
13RM
--

COLINDALE STN (Mon-Fri peaks) - WEST HENDON (Mon-Fri) - CRICKLEWOOD GARAGE (Sat/Sun) - HAMMERSMITH
Mon-Fri withdrawn between West Hendon and Edgware except for peak journeys to Colindale.
Sat and Sun withdrawn between Cricklewood Garage and Edgware Station.

RM 1377

RM1377 (W) seen in Colindale

This photo is part of the RM download and is available for sale

 

RM family
 

17.06.72
AC
--
--
5RM
 
R
6RM
6RML
--
 
SE
--
--
8RM
 
W
23RM
13RM
--

Mon-Sat AC allocation transferred to R to compensate for loss of 255.

RT1641

 

 

RT1641 (R) makes a rare appearance

© John Reed

 

07.10.72
AC
--
--
5RM
 
R
6RM
6RM
--
 
SE
--
--
8RM
 
W
23RM
13RM
--

R allocation loses RML type.

26.01.75
AC
--
--
5RML
 
R
6RM
6RM
--
 
SE
--
--
8RML
 
W
23RM
13RM
--

RML type introduced on Sundays at AC and SE.

31.01.76
AC141+
--
--
5RML
 
R81+
6RM
10RM
--
 
SE41+
--
--
8RML
 
W101+
23RM
17RM
--

HAMMERSMITH - CRICKLEWOOD GARAGE (Mon-Fri late evgs/Sat evgs/Suns) then either BRENT CROSS Shopping Centre (Mon-Fri except late evgs/Sat except evgs) or COLINDALE STN (Mon-Fri peaks/Sat journeys)
Mon-Sat shopping hours extended to Brent Cross Shopping Centre


28.10.78
R81+
--
7RM
--
 
SE41+
--
--
7RML
 
W101+
21RM
10RM
--

HAMMERSMITH - CRICKLEWOOD GARAGE (Mon-Fri late evgs/Sat evgs/Suns) then either BRENT CROSS Shopping Centre (Mon-Fri except late evgs/Sat except evgs) or West Hendon - Colindale Avenue - Grahame Park Way - Lan Acre - Montrose Avenue - MILL HILL BROADWAY STN (Mon-Fri peaks)
Mon-Fri peak journeys extended from Colindale to Mill Hill.
Mon-Fri Riverside allocation withdrawn.
Sunday only Willesden (AC) withdrawn.

22.04.79
R81+
--
7RM
--
 
SE41+
--
--
7DM
 
W101+
21RM
10RM
--

SE allocation changed to DMc spare from service 18

RM1307

 

 

RM1307 at Cricklewood Garage

This photo is part of the RM download and is available for sale

 

RM family
 

 

01.06.80
R81+
--
7RM
--
 
SE41+
--
--
7Mc
 
W101+
21RM
10RM
--

SE allocation changed to Mc spare from service 18

25.04.81
R81+
--
7RM
--
 
SE41+
--
--
7Mc
 
W101+
18RM
10RM
--

HAMMERSMITH - CRICKLEWOOD GARAGE (Mon-Fri late evgs/Sat evgs/Suns) - BRENT CROSS Shopping Centre (Mon-Fri except late evgs/Sat except evgs)
Withdrawn between Staples Corner and Mill Hill.

15.08.81
AC121+
--
--
4RM
 
R81+
--
7RM
--
 
W101+
18RM
10RM
4RM

SE garage closed - allocation transferred to AC and W.

04.09.82
W101+
16RM
12RM
5RM

AC and R allocations withdrawn.

02.02.85
AC121+
6Mc
4Mc
5Mc
 
W101+
16Mc
14Mc
8Mc

Daily AC allocation re-introduced with M crew vehicles.

02.11.85
AC121+
8M
6M
3M
 
W101+
17M
15M
8M

Converted to One Person Operation.


10.03.86
AC121+
8M
6M
3M
 
W101+
17M
15M
8M

HAMMERSMITH - CRICKLEWOOD GARAGE (Mon-Fri late evgs/Sat evgs/Suns) - BRENT CROSS Shopping Centre (Mon-Fri except late evgs/Sat except evgs) - FINCHLEY Manor Cottage Tavern (SDO pm journey)
Mon-Fri school journey introduced to Finchley via service 112.


21.11.87
AC121+
8M
6M
--
 
W101+
17M
15M
12M

Sunday AC allocation withdrawn in favour of increase at W.

04.11.89
AC21+
8M
6M
--
 
W101+
17M
15M
12M

Sunday AC allocation re-introduced.

01.12.90
AC201+
24M
21M
10M

HAMMERSMITH - CRICKLEWOOD GARAGE (Mon-Fri late evgs/Sat evgs/Suns) - BRENT CROSS Shopping Centre (Mon-Fri except late evgs/Sat except evgs)
Cricklewood (W) allocation withdrawn and Finchley journey withdrawn.
The extra work was needed at AC to compensate for the loss of service 297 to Centrewest

14.10.95
AC381+
22M
20M
11M

HAMMERSMITH - CRICKLEWOOD GARAGE (Mon-Fri late evgs/Sat evgs/Suns evgs) - BRENT CROSS Shopping Centre (Daily shopping hours)
Sunday extended from Cricklewood to Brent Cross during shopping hours

M453

M453 (AC) at Brent Cross

This download contains over 450 photos of the Metrobus type in service

 

 

 

29.11.97
AC381+
22M
20M
11M

HAMMERSMITH - CRICKLEWOOD GARAGE (Mon-Fri late evgs/Sat evgs/Suns evgs) - BRENT CROSS Shopping Centre (Daily shopping hours)
Re-routed via Butterwick when leaving Hammersmith

27.06.98
AC371+
14M
12M
7M
 
W321+
8M
8M
5M

Daily Cricklewood allocation introduced..
The space at Willesden being filled up with Route 260 which was transferred from Armchair.

05.12.98
W321+
23M
21M
12M

Daily Willesden (AC) allocation transferred to Cricklewood (W)

23.09.00
HR401+
24AV
21AV
13AV
 
W101+
2/N266
2/N266
2/N266

Daily Cricklewood (W) allocation transferred to Harlesden (HR)

av22

AV22 Hammersmith Grove stand

This image is one of 1800 images available with the Metroline download

 

 

26.07.03
HR401+
24AV
21AV
16AV

HAMMERSMITH - BRENT CROSS Shopping Centre
Extended to Brent Cross at all times

17.04.04
PR401+
24AV
21AV
16AV
Night Service
W781+
4TA
4TA
4TA

Operates all night as prefix N has been dropped.
Garage renamed Park Royal

21.05.05
W151+
23TA
22TA
16TA
Night Service
W781+
4TA
4TA
4TA

Allocation moved to Cricklewood and low floor Tridents introduced.

16.04.07
W151+
25TA
24TA
18TA
Night Service
W781+
4TA
4TA
4TA

Mon-Fri extra peak journeys introduced ( working timetables provided )

TA643 TP382

TA643 waits opposite the home garage

 

TP382 overtaking a DML on the 316 at Cricklewood Garage

 

 
22.05.10
W151+
23TA
22TA
16TA
Night Service
W781+
4TA
4TA
4TA

Contract extended for two years

TPL259 TE834
TPL259 usually reserved for service on Route 52 is seen at Willesden Junction
TE834 Queen Caroline Street

 

 

 

 

 

22.05.12
AS
25VN
24VN
18VN
Night Service
AS
4VN
4VN
4VN
LOGO Contract reassigned

New contract awarded to First operating on line of route at Atlas Road (AS)

VN37979

 

 

VN37979 Brent Cross stand

This photo is part of the First Buses download which has over 1400 images

 

22.06.13
AS
25VN
25VN
18VN
Night Service
AS
4VN
4VN
4VN
logo Contract novated to
Tower Transit

HAMMERSMITH - BRENT CROSS Shopping Centre
Operating arrangements remain the same

13.05.17
AS
25VN
25VN
18VN
Night Service
AS
4VN
4VN
4VN

Mon-Fri revised timetable

37966

VN37966 seen by Willesden Garage

© Lawrence Living

01.07.17
X
25VN
25VN
18VN
Night Service
X
4VN
4VN
4VN

Atlas Road closed operationally, allocation moved to Westboure Park (X)

29.07.17
W201+
27TE
27TE
18TE
Night Service
W761+
4TE
4TE
4TE
METROLINE LOGO Contract reassigned for 2,5 years

 

 

266 map 2017
Click map to expand
Taken from Greater London Bus Map 36, July 2017
Drawn by © Mike Harris

Operating Garages

W Cricklewood
Changeover point at garage

AC Willesden
Changeover point at garage

SE Stonebridge
Changeover point at Craven Park

HR Harlesden
Changeover point Victoria Road

R Riverside
Changeover point at Hammersmith Grove.

AS Atlas Road
Changeover point Atlas Road

X Westbourne Park
Changeover point Manor Park Road Harlesden ( southbound ) and Jubillee Clock ( northbound )
Also meal reliefs at Hammersmith Bus Station stand

Route 266 current times 266 live 266 stands Tender Specs Route 266 fares

 

© Ian Armstrong 2017
Date of edit   Thursday, 03.08.17