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London Buses route 83 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Golders Green and Alperton, it is operated by Metroline.

HistoryEdit

Route 83 is a long route running from Golders Green Station to Ealing Hospital via Hendon, Wembley, Alperton, North Ealing, Ealing Broadway, West Ealing and Hanwell.

In 1940, the route continued to Hayes North via the present route 195. In 1958, the Ealing Broadway to Hayes section was withdrawn and replaced by route 105 .

In 1961, the route was extended from Ealing Broadway to Heathrow Airport Central bus station via routes 65 and 91.

In 1964, this section was discontinued.

In 1965, the route was extended to Brentford replacing route 255; this section was withdrawn in 1968 and replaced by route E1.

In 1980, the route was extended via Uxbridge Road to the new Ealing Hospital. It also swapped with route 183 in the Hendon area running via Hendon Central Station instead of via The Bell.

The route has always been operated from Alperton (ON) garage using double deckers including AEC Routemasters, MCW Metrobuses, and ex-London Buslines Leyland Olympians.

In 1999, brand new Northern Counties Palatine bodied Volvo Olympians bought by First London for the route were among the last non low floor buses bought for use in London.

In 2002, brand new low floor Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs were introduced.

In 2004, brand new Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs were introduced. Up to their closure, Hendon (AE) and Southall (HW) garages also provided buses for this route.

On 17 April 2004, the route became a 24 hour service.

On 12 September 2009, the route was retained by First London. The Sunday daytime service was increased to every 10 minutes, with the daily evening service increased to every 12 minutes at the same time

In November 2009, the Wright Eclipse Gemini and Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs were replaced by brand new Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs.

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

On 10 September 2016, the route was retained by Metroline and was withdrawn Ealing Hospital and Alperton. This section was replaced by 483 and the night service was renumbered N83 at the same time.

Current routeEdit

Route 83 operates via these primary locations:

  • Golders Green Bus Station
  • Hendon The Bell
  • Hendon Central Station
  • Hendon Station
  • West Hendon Broadway
  • Kingsbury Green
  • Blackbird Cross
  • Brent Town Hall
  • Wembley Park Station
  • Wembley Arena
  • Wembley Stadium Station
  • Wembley Central Station
  • Alperton Station

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