London Sovereign ADE40419 on Route 142, Brent Cross.jpg
OperatorLondon Sovereign[1][2]
GarageEdgware (BT)[2]
StartWatford Junction station
West Hendon
EndBrent Cross bus station

London Buses route 142 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London and Hertfordshire, England. Running between Watford Junction station and Brent Cross bus station, it is operated by London Sovereign.


Arriva The Shires TransBus ALX400 bodied VDL DB250 in Brent Cross in August 2014

Route 142 was introduced by the London General Omnibus Company in March 1914.[3]

The allocation was transferred to London Country Bus Services' Watford garage, and became part of London Country North West in 1986. It was included in the sale of the business to Luton & District in October 1990 and retained the contract shortly afterwards, ordering 15 new Leyland Olympians to operate the route. The route was retained again in 1995, making it the first route to be retained by its existing operator through two consecutive retenders.[4]

When re-tendered, it was retained by Arriva The Shires with new contracts commencing on 5 January 2008[5] and 5 January 2013.[6]

Current route

Route 142 operates via these primary locations:[7]


  1. ^ "Who runs your bus". TfL. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Our services". RATP Dev London. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Celebrate 100 years of the 142 bus route, which goes through Edgware and Brent Cross". This is Local London. 22 March 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  4. ^ McLachlan, Tom (1995). London Buses 1985-1995: Managing The Change. Venture Publications. pp. 91–92. ISBN 1-898432-74-0.
  5. ^ Bus tender results Route 142 Transport for London 9 February 2007
  6. ^ Tender News BusTalk (Go-Ahead London) issue 16 June 2012
  7. ^ Route 142 Map Transport for London