Route 52 (Borehamwood to Victoria) is a
long-standing route, now shortened to run only to Willesden, but
previously running via Kingsbury and Burnt Oak on its way
north. The 52A was introduced (Monday to Saturday)
in 1955, allowing the 52 to be shortened outside the peaks to
run only to Mill Hill on those days. Its southern end turned
south at Burnt Oak to finish at Colindale Trolleybus Depot.
At the same time, a peak hour Express was introduced between the
same points, as part of the experiment in
As part of the penultimate stage of trolleybus replacement, in
January 1962, the 52A was extended to Willesden over
part of former trolleybus route 666 (Edgware to Hammersmith) and
renumbered 292. A little curious, as the 666 was also
replaced in its entirety by the 266 - which ran every day, unlike
the 292. Despite now reaching Willesden, that garage's RTLs
were withdrawn from the route and Edgware RTs had sole
charge. The Colindale terminus moved from the now-closed
trolleybus depot to Annesley Avenue, almost adjacent.
RT2688 working EW1 to Borehamwood; the bus was
based at Edgware from 1968 to 1973. RT2688 will work the 292
again on 29 August.
Photo Dave Fisher collection
Saturday working was withdrawn five months later in favour of
new route 292A, which headed north from Burnt
Oak to Edgware, extended a year later to Stanmore and
Watford via the 142. Meanwhile, the
52 had continued to reach Borehamwood on Sundays; this came to an
end in 1966 with the introduction of the 292A as far as
Burnt Oak on that day.
Meanwhile, the 292 Express service came to an end in
1965, when the whole route was shortened to terminate at
Colindale. The withdrawal of the 292A north of
Edgware in 1970 left the two routes bifurcating at Burnt Oak for
only a short distance each way, the Monday to Friday 292 south to
Colindale and the weekend 292A north to Edgware.
RT4772 shows the
unmistakable signs of neglect that RTs so often had in the
1970s. This view in Borehamwood Rossington Avenue
was taken on 30 Jun 73, two weeks before RTs finally left
Edgware. Note the 292 canopy blind from the weekday
Photo © John
In July 1973, the routes were combined
as a daily 292 and converted to one-man DMS operation,
bringing an end to Edgware's RTs. The Colindale section
survived as the Monday to Friday peak journeys, at other times the
route ran to Edgware. School journeys were extended from
Colindale to Grahame Park (a development on the old Hendon
Aerodrome). The DMSs were replaced by Metrobuses in 1980.
After running the gamut of the tendering process, 1993 saw the
route's withdrawal from the roads south of Hale Lane and its
diversion via Edgware Station to Colindale Asda, in which
form the route runs today, operated by Transdev London
Sovereign from their half of Edgware garage.