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OperatorLondon Sovereign
EndGolders Green station

London Buses route 183 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Pinner and Golders Green station, it is operated by London Sovereign.


Route 183 commenced operating on 3 October 1934, running from Northwood Garage to Golders Green station via Pinner, North Harrow, Kenton, Kingsbury and Hendon,[citation needed] operating from Hendon garage, using Leyland Titan STDs which were in turn replaced in 1953 by the AEC Regent III RTs. This route was still much the same in 1952.[1] LT-type buses allocated to Harrow Weald garage were used on route 183 between Golders Green and Pinner.[2] In April 1937, STD-type buses first went into service on route 183.[2]

Upon being re-tendered, the route passed to London Sovereign with a new contract commencing in September 1999, with single deck Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Dart SLFs.[3]

In 2008, the route was the subject to persistent theft. Gangs of pickpockets targeted old people, slashing their bags and stealing their money, keys and other possessions.[4]

In 2009 the route was again re-tendered and was retained by London Sovereign with a new contract awarded.[5] On 18 January 2014, the frequency was increased again, by 25 per cent.[6]

On 7 October 2016, the route commenced operating 24 hours on Friday and Saturday nights to coincide with the introduction of the Night Tube on the Jubilee line.[7]



  1. ^ Mike Harris, The 1952 Greater London Bus Map, archived from the original on 28 December 2010, retrieved 4 April 2010
  2. ^ a b Graeme Bruce, J; Curtis, Colin (1977). The London Motor Bus: Its Origins and Development. London Transport. pp. 50, 76. ISBN 0853290830.
  3. ^ Aldridge, John (May 1999). "Small (or smaller) is beautiful". Buses. Ian Allan Publishing (530): 13.
  4. ^ Tara Brady (27 October 2008), Bus thieves target elderly, Harrow Observer
  5. ^ Bus tender results | Transport for London – February 2009
  6. ^ O'Neill, Natalie (15 January 2014). "TfL to increase frequency of bus route 183 between Golders Green and Pinner". This is Local London. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Jubilee line joins London's busier than expected night tube". TheGuardian.com. 7 October 2016.