Hi all, not really a " bus trip " but did Hatch End to Hounslow , using one of the most circuitous routes possible , as I had to visit there on business , and got caught in horrendous traffic , and the Picaddily line failing completely , so enjoy this read of my North West - South West bus journey , which was unplanned , and done simply by reading the stop info at bus stops (a consequence of having used up mobile data ) I begun at Hatch End , from Woodhall drive ,and took an H12 , operated by Metroline , to Harrow Weald . I was lucky to get a B5LH , although I didnt get the number I started at Harrow Weald bus garage , got on the 140 , operated by Metroline and Gemini 3 B5LH Hybrid , VWH 22004 , LK66DWW . Nice , quiet , but made an annoying sound as it accelerated ( like a tapping noise ) I got off at Northolt , and onto a 90 . Also run ( terribly ) by Metroline , I had an Optare Olympus , SEL751 , LK07 BBU . This , despite being recently refurbed , was in a poor state . Engine roaring , poorly maintained inside , this was poor overall Got off at Hayes and Harlington , and onto H98 , operated by RATPdev London United . It was AD35 , YX62 ARZ , an E400 , which was fast clean and well maintained and I took it all the way to Hounslow On the way back I went differently . I caught the 222 to Uxbridge( from Hounslow ) , also RATPdev operated , on an E400 , ADE6 , YX12 FNM , an E400 . From Uxbridge I took a 607 to Ealing Broadway , using Ex First London te1743 , SN09 CFY . This was good , but the 607 is caught in horrendous traffic , and Metroline havent looked after the ( ex First ) buses well . The seats are incredibly faded , and all the purple worn out From Ealing Broadway , I took E10 , operated by TGM / Arriva , on EN34 , an E200 MMC , Nice but single door only . I got off at Northolt station , and took a 140 , this time LK66 EOJ , VWH2240 , to Harrow . From there I caught a H14 , operated by RATPdev Soveriegn , back home , on DE200040 , YX09 HKJ , which was a refurbished E200 , which was pleasant inside , but had very loud cooling fans ( not roaring ones , but AC ones ) Apologies if this is dull , but hope you enjoyed this read , of Harrow to Hounslow , using some of the most circuitous routing possible Having said that , it was all free , so wasnt too bad , although Next time I visit Honsulow I will take the Piccadilly , far quicker , when it works I also realised , on my journey through West London , how dominant Metroline , and to a lesser extent , RATPdev and Abeillo are . Metroline pretty much rule West London , most of it given to them by First leaving . Why have Metroline been allowed to accur such a monopoly in NW London ? Arriva only have one garage ( Watford ) , which only has a few , relatively low frequency routes , RATPdev while more competitive in SW London , only have one double decker route in NW London , although they do rule the single deckers in Harrow . Stagecoach , Abeillo , Go Ahead . All these so called giants seem to avoid NW London . Why would this be ? I have limited experience of using their buses , only in Central , but does anyone know if they are better operators overall than Metroline ?