Some ground regained but more cross-border cuts are looming
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The latest tendered service contract awards have seen Metroline recover some of the ground lost recently.
From December it will once again operate route 292 (Borehamwood-Colindale) after a gap of 20 years. It will use double-deckers displaced from route 105 (Heathrow- Greenford) which passes to RATP London United from 30 June. They will be upgraded from Euro5 to Euro6 emissions standards.
The 292 was initially contracted to London Country North East from June 1987 but passed to Borehamwood Travel Services in 1989, then to Metroline in December 1993. Five years later it passed to Sovereign London, the Blazefield subsidiary that had acquired BTS in August 1994.
Transdev acquired Blazefield’s London business in November 2002, with London United managing it as London Sovereign. When London United’s operations transferred to RATP in 2011, London Sovereign remained with Transdev until April 2014, before again coming under London United control.