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London Buses route 186 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Brent Cross and Northwick Park Hospital, it is operated by Metroline.


Route 186 commenced operating on 1970 between Edgware Station and Harrow on the Hill Station via Canons Park - Belmont Circle - Wealdstone. The route was introduced to replace the withdrawn section of route 18 between Harrow and Edgware. The route was initially operated by London Transport from their Edgware (EW) garage using AEC SWifts.

In 1980, the route was converted to double deck operation using MCW Metrobuses.

In 1985, the route was extended Mon to Saturday shopping hours from Edgware to Brent Cross Shopping Centre via route 113 and part of the allocation was transferred to Hendon (AE) garage.

In 1986, the route was extended from Harrow to Northwick Park Hospital.

In 1987, Hendon (AE) garage was announced closed allocation transferred to Edgware (EW) garage.

In 1991, the Edgware (EW) garage allocation was transferred to Harrow Weald (HD) garage.

In 1994, the route was converted to low floor operation using brand new Wright Pathfinder bodied Dennis Lance SLFs.

In 1995, he Sunday shopping hours was extended from Edgware to Brent Cross Shopping Centre.

In 2003, the Evening service was extended to Brent Cross.

In 2006, the Wright Pathfinder bodied Dennis Lance SLFs were replaced by Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs.

In 2007, Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s entered service.

In 2009, the route was diverted between Mill Hill Circus and Watford Way/Greyhound Hill via Mill Hill Broadway, Watling Avenue, Lanacre Avenue and Aerodrome Road.

On 21 July 2012, route 186 was retained by Metroline using Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s.

The route will be retained by Metroline from 22 July 2017.

Current routeEdit

  • Brent Cross Shopping Centre Bus Station
  • Hendon Central Station
  • Grahame Park Quakers Course
  • Mill Hill Broadway Station
  • Mill Hill Circus
  • Apex Corner
  • Edgware Bus Station
  • Canons Park Station
  • Belmont Circle
  • Wealdstone High Street
  • Harrow & Wealdstone Station
  • Harrow Bus Station
  • Northwick Park Hospital Maternity Unit
  • Northwick Park Hospital St Mark's Hospital Main Entrance

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