London Buses route 299 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Muswell Hill Broadway and Cockfosters, it is operated by London General.
Route 299 was introduced on 1 February 1992, part replacing the withdrawn section of route W9 between Southgate and Muswell Hill. From Southgate Station, the route then ran along Chase Side and Reservoir Road, and onwards to Cockfosters Station. The route was initially operated by Capital Citybus using Optare Metroriders from Northumberland Park (NP) garage.
In February 2001, the Optare Metroriders were replaced by low floor Marshall Capital bodied Dennis Dart SLFs.
On 5 February 2011, the route was retained by First London using brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts.
On 31 March 2012, route 299 was included in the sale of First London's Northumberland Park (NP) garage to London General.
Due to road works in Colney Hatch Lane, on 22 September 2014 the route was temporarily withdrawn between Bounds Green Station Brownlow Road and Muswell Hill. It resumed operating to Muswell Hill on 24 October 2014.
The route will be passed to Sullivan Buses and will be operating from their South Mimms (SM) garage using brand new Wright StreetLites from 3 February 2018.
Route 299 operates via these primary locations:
- Muswell Hill Broadway
- Bounds Green Station
- Southgate Station
- Cockfosters Station
Previous route 299s in LondonEdit
The route number 299 had been used twice prior to its current use:
- The original route was a night bus service from West Ham Bus Garage, serving the Royal Victoria and Albert docks.
- A route 299 was established in January 1970 running from Southgate Station via Cockfosters and Potters Bar to South Mimms, with occasional diversions to Cranborne Road Industrial Estate or extensions to Borehamwood or Clare Hall Hospital. Converted to one man operation in July 1971, the route was extended to reach Palmers Green for one morning journey each weekday from 1977. The route was integrated with route 298 in September 1980, leading to route 299 once again disappearing. Incidentally the current route 298 is almost identical to the route 299 of the 1970s.