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London Buses route 607 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Uxbridge and White City, it is operated by Metroline.

HistoryEdit

Route 607 is one of the few limited-stop routes in London. It was established on 21 July 1990 as an express service for route 207 between Uxbridge station and Shepherd's Bush Green on Mondays to Saturdays.

Its number was "inherited" from the trolleybus route over the same roads, which operated from 15 November 1936 until 8 November 1960 when it was abolished as part of the London Trolleybus Withdrawal Programme and replaced by bus route 207. Today, the number is unusual in that the 600-699 range is usually reserved for school routes.

When the route was established, it was operated by MCW Metrobuses, out of Hanwell (HL) and Uxbridge (UX) garages, at the time a subsidiary of London Buses.

In June 1991, the Hanwell (HL) allocation was withdrawn.

In November 1991, the route was converted to single-deck operation using six Leyland Nationals and five Leyland Lynxes, all carrying "607 Express" route branding. The Lynxes came from the London Borough of Hillingdon, which had bought two new and acquired the other three from Merthyr Tydfil Transport, and so were not to London specification, lacking rear route number blinds - so the route number was painted above the rear window.

CentreWest was privatized in 1994,

In October 1996, the route was converted back to double-deck operation with 15 Northern Counties Palatine II bodied Volvo Olympians with high-back coach-style seating and tinted glass windows, as well as a distinctive red and white livery. These were supplemented from May 2002 by five similar Olympians, displaced from route 61 at Orpington (Y) and repainted and reglazed accordingly, but retaining their low-back bus seats.

On 9 April 2005, the 207 was split, with the section between Hayes By-Pass and Shepherd's Bush gaining new articulated Mercedes-Benz Citaros. Plaxton President bodied Dennis Tridents displaced were duly transferred to route 607, replacing the Olympians. These do not carry route branding or a dedicated livery, but do carry white-on-blue number and destination blinds, a feature used throughout the 607's history to distinguish it from regular stopping services.

On 29 November 2008, the 607 was extended from Shepherd's Bush Green to White City Bus Station to coincide with the opening of Westfield London.

On 11 April 2010, A Sunday Service was introduced.

On 7 April 2012, route 607 was retained by First London with brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s and Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs introduced.

On 22 June 2013, route 607 was included in the sale of First London's Uxbridge garage (UX) to Metroline.

Current routeEdit

  • Uxbridge Bus Station
  • Hayes End
  • Hayes Grapes
  • Southall Town Hall
  • Ealing Hospital
  • Hanwell Broadway
  • West Ealing
  • The Broadway for Ealing Broadway Station
  • Ealing Common Station
  • Acton Town Hall
  • Acton Vale
  • Shepherd's Bush Market Station
  • Shepherd's Bush Stations
  • White City Bus Station

External linksEdit

London Buses Route 60719:42

London Buses Route 607

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