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London Buses route 326 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Brent Cross and Barnet, it is operated by London Sovereign.

HistoryEdit

Route 326 commenced on 2 February 1991. The route originally ran between Brent Cross Shopping Centre and Potters Bar Garage via Brent Cross flyover - Hendon Way - Hendon Central Station - The Burroughs - Hendon - Church Road - Finchley Lane - Hendon Lane - Regents Park Road - Finchley Central Stn - Nether Street - Argyle Road - Southover - Longland Drive - Totteridge Station - Whetstone - High Road Whetstone - Great North Road - Longmore Avenue - East Barnet Road - New Barnet Station - Meadway - Barnet - Hadley Highstone. The route was initially operated by London Northern from their Potters Bar (PB) garage using Optare StarRiders. The route was introduced to replace withdrawn route 26 between New Barnet and Whetstone.

On 15 May 1993, the Optare StarRiders were replaced by Wright bodied Mercedes Benz 811Ds.

On 26 October 1994, the route was included in the sale of London Northern to MTL London.

On 8 October 1995, the Sunday service was extended from Hendon to Brent Cross.

On 29 November 1997, the Evening service was extended from Hendon to Brent Cross.

On 3 July 1998, the route was included in the sale of MTL London to Metroline

On 25 July 1998, the route was extended from New Barnet to The Spires but was withdrawn between Barnet and Potters Bar, this section replaced by New Route 383 and the routeing via Meadway was withdrawn in favour of the routeing via Dollis Valley Way replacing withdrawn route 385. The Wright bodied Mercedes Benz 811Ds were replaced by low-floor Marshall Capital bodied Dennis Dart SLFs at the same time.

On 30 November 2002, the late evening service was extended to Brent Cross Shopping Centre.

On 26 July 2003, the route was retained by Metroline and the alocation was transferred from Potters Bar (PB) garage to Cricklewood (W) garage. The Marshall Capital bodied Dennis Dart SLFs were replaced by Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs at the same time.

On 21 May 2005, the route passed to Thorpes operating from their Perivale West (PA) garage with Marshall Capital bodied Dennis Dart SLFs introduced.

On 6 January 2007, the route was transferred to Metroline but still operating from Perivale West (PA) garage using Marshall Capital bodied Dennis Dart SLFs.

On 26 July 2008, the route was retained by Metroline with brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts introduced.

On 9 June 2012, the allocation was transferred to Cricklewood (W) garage.

On 25 July 2015, the route passed to London Sovereign operating from their Edgware (BT) garage using Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts.

Current routeEdit

  • Brent Cross Shopping Centre Bus Station
  • Hendon Central Station
  • Hendon The Quadrant
  • Finchley Central Station
  • Finchley Nether Street
  • West Finchley Station
  • Woodside Park
  • Whetstone Griffin
  • Totteridge & Whetstone Station
  • New Barnet Station
  • Dollis Valley Way
  • Barnet Church
  • Barnet The Spires

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