Abellio West London will operate route 111 (Heathrow – Kingston) from next April. Buses will be based at Twickenham depot. The route has been operated from Hounslow garage since it was first introduced in 1944 although at various times the now closed Mortlake, Riverside and the ‘original’ Twickenham garages have had partial allocations.
Originally taking an indirect route linking Hounslow and Hammersmith via Richmond, it had largely taken on its current form by 1981 when it was extended to Heathrow Airport.
Tower Transit will continue to operate route 13 (North Finchley – Victoria), using the existing MCV EvoSeti-bodied Volvo B5LHs, when a new contract begins next April. There will, however, be a significant reduction in peak vehicle requirement, from 31 to 22, which equates to a cut from the current ten buses per hour to around seven.