London Buses route U1 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between West Drayton and Ruislip, it is operated by Metroline.


Route U1 commenced operating on 27 May 1989 between Ruislip and Uxbridge stations via Swakeleys Road - Ickenham - West Ruislip. The route was initially operated by CentreWest from their Uxbridge (UX) garage using Alexander bodied Mercedes-Benz 811Ds. The route was introduced in order to replace the withdrawn section of route 223.

On 8 June 1991, the Sunday service was withdrawn.

In 1992, the route was extended from Ruislip to Harefield, Rickmansworth and Chorleywood, with some journeys continuing via Maple Cross and Denham back to Uxbridge.

However, 1995 saw the introduction of new route 331 serving the London parts of this section, between Ruislip and Harefield (as well as running on into Uxbridge in order to replace Luton & District routes 347/348), while local Rickmansworth route R1 (now R21) replaced much of the remainder.

In 1996, the route was extended from Uxbridge to Stockley Estate via withdrawn U5 and further extended Mon-Sat to Hayes via withdrawn Route U6. A Sunday service was introduced between Ruislip and Stockley Estate at the same time.

In 1998, the route was converted to low floor using brand new Marshall Capital bodied Dennis Dart SLFs.

In 2004, the route was withdrawn between Hillingdon Hospital and Hayes, this section was replaced by route U5.

In 2008, the Marshall Capitals were replaced by Caetano Nimbus bodied Dennis Dart SLFs. The route was withdrawn between Uxbridge and Hillingdon via Kingston Lane instead of Cleveland Road and was extended from Hillingdon Hospital to West Drayton Station at the same time.

In 2010, the route was retained by First London with brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts introduced.

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

On 29 April 2017, the route was retained by Metroline.

Current routeEdit

  • West Drayton Station
  • Yiewsley High Street
  • Milburn Drive
  • Apple Tree Avenue
  • Violet Avenue
  • Colham Road
  • Hillingdon Hospital
  • Kingston Lane Pentecostal Church
  • Brunel University
  • The Greenway
  • Manor Waye
  • St Andrew's Church
  • Civic Centre
  • Crown Walk
  • Belmont Road
  • Uxbridge Station
  • The Hermitage
  • North Common Road
  • Harefield Road
  • Warren Road
  • Roker Park Avenue
  • Breakspear Road South
  • Thornhill Road
  • Wallasey Cresent
  • Rectory Way
  • Austin Lane
  • Oak Avenue
  • West Ruislip Station
  • Sharps Lane
  • Church Avenue
  • Midcroft
  • Brickwall Lane
  • Ruislip Station

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