|35px London Buses|
|Vehicle|| Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President|
Alexander Dennis Enviro 400
|Start||Northwick Park Hospital|
|End||Brent Cross Shopping Centre|
|Length||11 miles (17 km)|
|Frequency||About every 20 minutes (about every 10 mins between Northwick Park Hospital & Edgware Station)|
|Journey time||50-80 minutes|
|Day||5:30am until 1:00am|
|Night||No night service|
|Adult single fares|
| † peak vehicle requirement|
Transport for London •
The 186 was one of five routes selected by London Transport for evaluation of the first low floor buses from 1993/1994 (The others were 101, 120, 144 and 222). All 68 buses ordered were fitted with Wright Pathfinder bodies, but the chassis were divided between Dennis and Scania, with the 186 being one of the routes to receive the LLW-class Dennis Lance SLFs.
Apart from artics, the vast majority of subsequent low-floor single-deck buses in London have been Darts and other lightweight models. Neither of the London Transport designs was a major success anywhere in the country, but Scania and Volvo make other models of full-size low-floor single deckers and these are quite popular outside London. The LLWs worked fairly well on the 186, with not-too-heavy loadings (despite their size the buses have only 34 seats) and at the same time no very narrow or twisty roads that could make their length a problem.
The Dennis Lance SLF's on route 186 was replaced by low-floor Volvo B7TL double-deck buses (X-registered VPL's cascaded from Holloway).
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