London Buses route C11 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Brent Cross and Archway, it is operated by Metroline.
The Greater London Council took control of London Transport in 1970, with a policy of providing bus services to all areas within the London area. Previously bus routing had been restricted in areas such as Hampstead and Highgate due to narrow residential roads being unsuitable for double deck buses, but the rise in one man operation prompted the suggestion that small buses would be able to traverse these roads, without the intrusion a double deck brings.
Route C11 CamdenLink, the C standing for Camden, began on 28 October 1972 running between Cricklewood Broadway and Archway station via Hampstead Heath and Parliament Hill Fields from Highgate garage. The route initially ran with a flat fare of 10p, Monday to Friday peak hours and Saturday shopping hours. It was later extended, at different points in time, to Kings Cross and Willesden Green, and then withdrawn and finally extended to Brent Cross.
Route C11 was initially operated by Ford Transits until replaced by larger Bristol LH buses in August 1975.
On 16 October 1976, the route was extended from Cricklewood Broadway to Willesden Green, this extension lasted until 4 September 1982 when the route was withdrawn between West Hampstead and Willesden Green, but to compensate was extended at the eastern end from Archway to Kings Cross, replacing the withdrawn route 239. In March 1984 the West Hampstead to Cricklewood section was reinstated, running via Mill Lane, and in October 1984 the route was extended further to Brent Cross bus station via Cricklewood Lane and the current route.
On 21 July 1990, the route was transferred from London Northern to R&I Coaches, who introduced Dennis Darts. On the same day the settled route of Kings Cross to Brent Cross was split into two over-lapping services: C11 between Brent Cross and Archway and C12 between Swiss Cottage and Kings Cross.
R&I Coaches were bought out by MTL on 24 October 1995, who in turn sold out by Metroline in 1998.
In July 1998, the frequencies was increased to compensate for the withdrawal of route C12. The route was converted to low floor using Marshall Capital bodied Dennis Dart SLFs at same time.
On 1 February 2003, the route was extended evenings from North Cricklewood to Brent Cross.
On 26 July 2003, the allocation was moved from Cricklewood (W) garage back to Holloway (HT) garage.
In February 2005, the route passed to Thorpes operating from their Perivale (PA) garage.
On 24 July 2010, the route was retained by Metroline with new Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts introduced.
On 1 October 2011, the allocation was transferred from Perivale garage (PA) back to Cricklewood (W) garage.
The route will be retained by Metroline from 22 July 2017.
- Brent Cross Shopping Centre Bus Station
- Cricklewood Station
- West Hampstead Station
- Finchley Road station
- Swiss Cottage Station
- Belsize Park Station
- Royal Free Hospital
- Hampstead Heath
- Gospel Oak Station
- Parliament Hill Fields
- Archway Station