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139
Management
Operated by Metroline
Garage Cricklewood
Vehicle Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400
Alexander Dennis Enviro400
PVR 18
Route
Start West Hampstead
Via Abbey Road
Baker Street
Oxford Circus
Trafalgar Square
End Waterloo
Length 7 miles (11 km)
Service
Journey time 48-57 minutes
Frequency About every 8-12 minutes
Day 24 Hours
Night 24 Hours
peak vehicle requirement
Performance

London Buses route 139 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, United Kingdom. The service is contracted to Metroline.

HistoryEdit

The current route 139 was formed on March 14, 1992 to replace the withdrawn Northern section of route 159 between West Hampstead and Baker Street. Route 139 originally ran from West Hampstead, with some daytime journeys extended to and from Golders Green, to Trafalgar Square, using standard length Routemasters from London Northern's Chalk Farm Garage. The destination for these extended journeys read "WEST HAMPSTEAD & Golders Green" and the Routemasters were initially route branded displaying West End via points (West Hampstead, Baker Street, Oxford Street, Regent Street) above the lower deck windows and Route 139 West Hampstead & Oxford Street on the front advertisement panels eitherside of the blinds.

In 1993, less than a year since the route's inception, Chalk Farm Bus Garage closed, and the Routemasters moved to Holloway Bus Garage, which already operated Routemasters on route 10. They lost their route branding in favour of the MTL London livery, after London Northern was bought out by MTL in October 1994.

A rather surprising change happened in 1998 when the 139 was converted on March 28 to single deck one person operation, using Marshall-bodied Darts based at North Acton Bus Garage, running at approximately the same frequencies as before. This was therefore a reduction in capacity; but a new route 189, formed the previous year, was extended to help on the overlapping section between Abbey Road and Oxford Circus. The Golders Green journeys were withdrawn, terminating at West End Green at all times. In September 2000, North Acton Garage closed and the whole fleet moved to Cricklewood Bus Garage, being closer to the West Hampstead Terminus.

On February 1 2003 the route was extended from Trafalgar Square to Waterloo Station, via the Strand and Waterloo Bridge, and at the same time was gradually converted back to double deck, this time Dennis Trident 9.9m Plaxton Presidents were ordered, in preparation for the London congestion charge. "This will provide new links in the West End and enhance the frequency of some links currently provided by route 176." In reality, all bus types working from Cricklewood Bus Garage can be seen on the route. Darts also make the odd rare appearance.

Current RouteEdit

  • West Hampstead Station Underground Overground Rail
  • Abbey Road
  • Lord's Cricket Ground
  • Marylebone Station Underground Rail
  • Baker Street Station Underground
  • Selfridges
  • Oxford Circus Station Underground
  • Regent Street
  • Piccadilly Circus Station Underground
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Charing Cross Station Rail
  • Aldwych
  • Waterloo Bridge
  • Waterloo Station Underground Rail

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