London Buses route 268 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Golders Green and Finchley Road, it is operated by Arriva London.


Route 268 commenced operation on 7 September 1968 between Golders Green and Finchley Road stations via North End Road - Jack Straws Castle - Heath Street - High Street Hampstead - Rosslyn Hill - Belsize Avenue - Belsize Park - Buckland Crescent - College Crescent - Swiss Cottage - Finchley Road. The route was initially operated from London Transport from their Cricklewood (W) garage using AEC Merlins. These were replaced with Leyland Nationals on 5 February 1978.

On 31 May 1986, it passed to London Country North West using Mercedes-Benz L608Ds. These were stabled at Scratchwood services on the M1 motorway, with maintenance carried out at the Mercedes dealership in Colindale. London Country later opened its own base in Muswell Hill, where with route 268 was moved.

On 6 June 1989, the route passed to R&I Coaches opertaing from their North Acton (NA) and later Harlesden garages using [[Optare MetroRiders. Route 268 was included in the June 1996 sale of R&I Coaches to MTL London and merged into the London Northern operation, with more Mercedes minbuses used along with Carlyle bodied Dennis Darts.

Route 268 was included in the August 1998 sale of MTL to Metroline.

On 21 November 1998, the route was extended from Finchley Road station along Finchley Road to the O2 Centre.

In 2001, brand new Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs were introduced to convert the route to low floor. The allocation was transferred from Harlesden (HR) to Potter Bar (PB) garages.

On 10 June 2006, route 268 passed to Arriva The Shires operating from their Watford garage (GR) with brand new Wright Cadet bodied DAF SB120s.

On 8 June 2013, the route was again Arriva The Shires.

On 1 January 2016, the Arriva group restructured its bus operations, which included the transfer of route 268 from Arriva The Shires to Arriva London.

In July 2016, the Wright Cadet bodied DAF SB120s were replaced by Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts.

Metroline will take over the operation of the route from 9 June 2018.

Current RouteEdit

  • Golders Green Bus Station
  • Hampstead Station
  • Belsize Park Station
  • Swiss Cottage Station
  • Finchley Road Station
  • Finchley Road O2 Centre

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