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London Buses route 72 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Roehampton and East Acton, it is operated by London United.


HistoryEdit

Route 72 commenced operation on 3 October 1934 between Hammersmith Brook Green and Brook Green via Castelnau - Barnes Common - Roehampton Lane - Roehampton - Dover House Road - Barnes Common - Castelnau as a Monday to Saturday service. The route was initially operated by London Transport from their Turnham Green (V) garage using NS class double deckers. Prior to this date the route was numbered 373.

On 27 May 1936, the allocation was transferred to Chelverton Road (AF) garage and the NS class double deckers were replaced by AEC Regents.

On 24 March 1937, the route was diverted at Roehampton via Kingston By Pass to Tolworth and part of the allocation was transferred to Middle Row (X) garage. At the same time, a Sunday service was introduced and the AEC Regent ST's were introduced.

From 13 April 1938 until 8 April 1942, the Saturday pm service and the Sunday service was extended from Tolworth to Chessington Zoo. The route was withdrawn between Tolworth and Chessington during the winter months.

On 12 October 1938, the route was extended from Hammersmith to East Acton replacing withdrawn section of Route 93 and the Middle Row (X) allocation was transferred to Turnham Green (V) garage.

On 4 January 1939, the route was diverted in Tolworth via Kingston Road instead of Warren Drive.

On 3 May 1939, the Turnham Green (V) allocation was transferred to Chelverton Road (AF) garage and the route was converted to full AEC Regent operation.

On 15 May 1940, the AEC Regents were replaced by AEC Regent IIIs.

On 5 March 1941, the Monday to Friday service was extended from Tolworth to Hook.

On 2 April 1941, the Sunday service was extended from East Acton to North Wembley and was part of the allocation was transferred to Alperton (ON) garage. AEC Regents were reintroduced at the same time.

On 29 October 1941, the Chelverton Road (AF) allocation was transferred to Riverside (R) garage.

On 26 November 1941, the Riverside (R) allocation was transferred to Chelverton Road (AF) garage.

On 22 April 1942, the Monday to Saturday service was extended from Tolworth to Hook.

On 30 September 1942, the route was extended to Esher.

On 12 November 1947, the Chelverton Road (AF) allocation was transferred to Riverside (R) garage. At the same time, the AEC Regents and AEC Regent IIIs were replaced by AEC Regent STs, Park Royal bodied Guy Arabs and AEC Renowns.

On 13 April 1949, the Alperton (ON) allocation was transferred to Riverside (R) garage and the AEC Regent STs, the Park Royal bodied Guy Arabs and the AEC Renowns were replaced by Leyland Titans. At the Same time, the route was withdrawn between East Acton and North Wembley, this section was replaced by route 79.

On 26 October 1949, part of the allocation was transferred to Middle Row (X) garage and AEC Regent IIIs were reintroduced.

6 October 1954, the Middle Row (X) allocation was transferred to Riverside (R) garage and the route was converted to full Leyland Titan operation.

On 20 August 1958, the Monday to Friday service was extended from East Acton to Park Royal Stadium.

On 26 November 1958, the Sunday service was between Tolworth & Esher.

On 14 October 1959, the Sunday service was withdrawn and replace route 72A.

On 1 October 1965, the Leyland Titans were replaced by AEC Regent IIIs.

On 23 January 1966, the route was diverted at East Acton via Du Cane Road replacing the withdrawn section of Route 71 and a Sunday service was reintroduced replacing withdrawn route 72A.

On 31 December 1966, the route was withdrawn between Park royal and East Acton and the Saturday service was withdrawn between Tolworth & Esher. The AEC Routemasters were introduced at the same time.

On 24 January 1970, the route was diverted at the Scilly Isles to Hampton Court Station replacing the withdrawn section of route 152 and was extended school times to Hampton Grammar school. The route was converted to AEC Regent III operation at the same time.

On 18 November 1972, the Monday to Friday service was extended in East Acton to Brunel Road.

On 20 October 1973, the route was withdrawn between Tolworth and Hampton Court Station and Hampton Court Grammar School, the Hampton Court section was replaced by 152 and the Hampton Grammar School journeys was replace by new route 152A. AEC Routemasters were reintroduced at the same time.

On 18 May 1975, the route was extended from Tolworth to Chessington Zoo during Summer Sundays.

On 14 December 1975, the route was converted to full AEC Routemaster operation.

On 31 March 1979, the route was diverted via Alton East Estate at Roehampton.

On 31 January 1981, the allocation was transferred to Shepherds Bush (S) garage and the route was converted to one man operation using Daimler Fleetlines.

On 23 January 1982, the route was rerouted in Roehampton via Alton Road.

On 4 September 1982, the route was withdrawn between Tolworth and Chessington Zoo.

On 29 January 1983, part of the allocation was transferred to Norbiton (NB) garage and the Monday to Saturday service was extended to Kingston. Leyland Nationals were introduced at the same time.

On 31 August 1983, the Daimler Fleetlines were replaced by MCW Metrobuses.

On 4 February 1984, the Norbiton (NB) allocation was transferred to Shepherds Bush (S) garage and was converted to full MCW Metrobus operation.

On 25 May 1985, the route was extended to Chessington Zoo during Summer Sundays.

On 1 April 1989, the route passed to London United] but still operating from Shepherds Bush (S) garage using MCW Metrobuses.

On 25 May 1991, the route was withdrawn between Roehampton and Tolworth, this section was replaced by route 265.

On 11 April 1992, the route was converted to midibus operation using Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Darts.

On 24 October 1992, the allocation was transferred to Wood Lane (B) garage.

On 1 April 1995, Wood Lane (B) garage was announced closed and the allocation was moved back to Shepherds Bush (S) garage.

On 5 September 1999, the route was converted to low floor operation using Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs.

On 24 January 2004, the route was converted to a 24 hour service.

On 5 September 2009, the route was retained by London United with brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts introduced.

On 3 September 2016, the route was retained by London United and was converted to full Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLF operation.

Current RouteEdit

  • Roehampton Bessborough Road
  • Barnes Common
  • Barnes Station
  • Castelnau
  • Hammersmith Station Bus Station
  • Shepherd's Bush Green
  • White City Station
  • Hammersmith Hospital
  • East Acton Station
  • East Acton Brunel Road

External linksEdit

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