17/12/2015

The First Transfer

Route 295 was moved from one part of ex-First London to another part of ex-First London, the first route to do so since First left London on the 22nd June 2013. I know it's over a month late, but sod it, most of the post was done already!

First Day, New Bus
Metroline West VWH2130 on Route 295, Clapham Junction (© Aubrey)

Route 295 is an evolved trunk route that runs from Ladbroke Grove Sainsbury's to Clapham Junction. When First split, the 295 was part of what became the Tower Transit section.

Tower Transit TN33198 on Route 295, Hammersmith
Tower Transit TN33198 on Route 295, Hammersmith (© Aubrey)

However, this meant that the two pieces of former First Centrewest can now compete with each other for bus routes. This means that the first route to transfer between the portions of former First Centrewest.

Metroline West Gain Route 295 (N)
Metroline West VW1208 on Route 295N, Hammersmith (© Aubrey)

Initially, B9TLs from other parts of Metroline Travel did the inital night service of the 295.

Metroline West VWH2114 on Route 295, Clapham Junction
Metroline West VWH2114 on Route 295, Clapham Junction (© Aubrey)

Then hybrids from Potters Bar and Willesden Garages took over most of the route alongside the diesel B9TLs.

Metroline West VWH2048 on Route 295, Hammersmith
Metroline West VWH2048 on Route 295, Hammersmith (© Aubrey)

Eventually, the Gemini 3 (new style) buses intended for the 295 were being gradually added into service:

Metroline West VWH2139 on Route 295, Hammersmith
Metroline West VWH2139 on Route 295, Hammersmith (© Aubrey)

The Gemini 3s aren't too bad, albeit the obvious thing with the upper deck windows being too small overall.
Oh, and not all photos are in the dark!

Metroline West VWH2128 on Route 295, Hammersmith
Metroline West VWH2128 on Route 295, Hammersmith (© Aubrey)

Metroline West have since run the 295 at a level. And it still exists. The night service is slower, which causes the bus to not travel very fast when there is a clear road. Otherwise, the 295 is run sufficiently.

We are very busy people, remember! :P

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