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 The route was introduced to replace the withdrawn section of route 18 between Harrow and Edgware.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, the 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 route was converted to double deck using Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs.

In 2007, the Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs were replaced by Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s.

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, the route was retained by Metroline.

On 22 July 2017, the route was retained by Metroline.

Current routeEdit

Route 186 operates via these primary locations:

  • Brent Cross Shopping Centre Bus Station
  • Hendon Central Station
  • Hendon War Memorial
  • Grahame Park Quakers Course
  • Burnt Oak Leisure Centre
  • Mill Hill Broadway Station
  • Mill Hill Circus
  • Apex Corner
  • Edgware Bus Station
  • Edgware Police Station
  • Canons Park Station
  • Belmont Circle
  • Wealdstone High Street
  • The Wealdstone Centre
  • Harrow & Wealdstone Station
  • Harrow Civic Centre
  • Harrow Bus Station
  • Harrow Town Centre
  • Northwick Park Hospital A&E Department
  • Northwick Park Hospital Maternity Unit
  • Northwick Park Hospital St Mark's Hospital Main Entrance

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