Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
03.10.34
P
3ST
3ST
--
 
TL
19ST
19ST
22ST
 
X
15ST
15ST
--
LT Logo  

WILLESDEN GARAGE - Willesden Lane - Kilburn High Road - Maida Vale - ,Marylebone Road - Tottenham Court Road - Charing Cross Road - Trafalgar Square - Strand - Aldwych - Waterloo - Elephant & Castle - Bricklayers Arms - Southwark Park Road - Surrey Docks Station - Deptford Broadway - Lewisham Road - LEWISHAM Rennell Street
M
on-Sat peaks diverted northbound via Westminster Bridge and Whitehall instead of Waterloo Bridge

1934 map Central section
Extracted from 1934 historical map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
02.01.35
P
3ST
3ST
--
 
TL
19ST
19ST
16ST
 
X
15ST
15ST
6ST

Sunday Middle Row (X) introduced

04.10.39
P
3ST
3ST
--
 
TL
19ST
19ST
11ST
 
X
16ST
16ST
11ST

Mon-Sat peak service rerouted via Waterloo Bridge

13.12.39
AC
9STL
9STL
9STL
 
P
4LT
4LT
--
 
TL
10STL
10STL
8STL

Mon-Sat Middle Row (X) replaced by Willesden (AC)

03.01.40
AC
9STL
9STL
9STL
 
TL
21STL
10STL
16ST
8ST

Old Kent Road (P) withdrawn

29.10.41
W
9STL
9STL
8STL
 
TL
10STL
11ST
10STL
11ST
9STL

Willesden (AC) replaced by Cricklewood (W)

28.10.42
W
9STL
9STL
8STL
 
TL
7STL
14ST
11STL
11ST
9STL

WILLESDEN GARAGE ( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am / Suns ) - MARYLEBONE STATION ( Mon-Fri evenings / Sat pm ) - LEWISHAM
Withdrawn between Marylebone and Willesden Mon-Fri evenings and Sat pm

24.03.48
W
11RT+
13ST
13STL
    1STL/16    
 
TL
29ST
23ST
12STL

RT type introduced at Catford (TL)

20.10.48
W
11RT+
13RT
13RT
    1STL/16    
 
TL
29RT
23RT
11RT

Full RT allocation from this date except for 1 cross linked STL at Cricklewood (W)

1950 book
This 1950 allocation book is in pdf form and has been photo copied - it is not the best reproduction but all the routes are included that were in service at the time
02.05.51
P
--
--
7RT
 
TL
29RT
23RT
12RT
 
W
11RT
13RT
13RT


Sunday P allocation introduced.

14.05.52
RL
--
--
7RT
 
TL
29RT
23RT
12RT
 
W
11RT
13RT
13RT

Sunday P allocation replaced by RL allocation.

22.10.52
P
--
--
4RT
 
TL
29RT
23RT
12RT
 
W
11RT+1/16
13RT
13RT

Sunday RL allocation replaced by P allocation.

12.10.55
TL
27RT
23RT
13RT
 
W
9RT+1/16
11RT
8RT

Sunday only P allocation withdrawn

02.05.56
P
--
--
4RT
 
TL
27RT
23RT
10RT
 
W
11RT+1/16
11RT
11RT

Sunday P allocation re-introduced.

rt800

RT800 is parked at the Rennell Street stand at the back of the Odeon in Lewisham

This image available on the
Nostalgia download

27.06.56
P
27RT
17RT
16RT
 
W
--
--
10RT

WILLESDEN GARAGE (Suns) - MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Saturday) - LEWISHAM - CATFORD GARAGE (Monday-Saturday peaks)
Monday-Saturday section Marylebone to Willesden replaced by new 176.
Monday-Saturday W allocation transferred to 176.
TL allocation transferred to P.

16.10.57
P
12RT
13RT
12RT
 
W
--
--
10RT

WILLESDEN GARAGE (Suns) - MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Saturday) - SURREY DOCKS STN (Monday-Friday) -  LEWISHAM (Saturday/Sunday) ;- CATFORD GARAGE (Monday-Saturday peak journeys)
Monday-Friday section between Surrey Docks & Lewisham replaced by new 199.

30.04.58
P
12RT
13RT
17RT
 
W
--
--
7RT
1958 times
Scanned from April 1958 Red Book, the complete book is available from the Sales List
26.11.58
NX
12RT
11RT
12RT
 
W
--
--
6RT

WILLESDEN GARAGE (Sat pm/Suns) - MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Friday/Saturday am) -  SURREY DOCKS STN (Monday-Friday) -  LEWISHAM (Saturday/Sunday) ;- CATFORD GARAGE (Monday-Saturday peak journeys)
Saturday pm extended from Marylebone to Willesden Garage.
P Garage closed - allocation transferred to NX.

04.03.59
NX
12RT
11RT
11RT
 
RL
--
--
3RT

W allocation withdrawn in favour of RL allocation.

13.05.59
NX
12RT
11RT
17RT

WILLESDEN GARAGE (Saturday pm/Sundays) - MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Friday/Saturday am) -  SURREY DOCKS STN (Monday-Friday) -  LEWISHAM (Saturday/Sunday) ;- CATFORD GARAGE (Monday-Saturday peak journeys)
RL allocation withdrawn.

14.10.59
NX
12RT
11RT
11RT
 
RL
--
--
3RT

Sunday RL allocation re-introduced

10.05.61
NX
12RT
11RT
14RT

RL allocation withdrawn.

RT2194

RT2194 is heading for Noah's Ark in Deptford. The UPPER CASE blind suggests the picture is pre 1961

This image available on the
Nostalgia download

10.10.62
NX
12RT
11RT
14RT

WILLESDEN GARAGE (Sundays) - MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Saturday) -  SURREY DOCKS STN (Monday-Friday/Saturday am) -  LEWISHAM (Saturday pm/Sunday) ;- CATFORD GARAGE (Monday-Friday am peak journeys)
RL allocation withdrawn.
Saturday pm projection from Marylebone to Willesden Garage withdrawn.
Saturday peak journeys to Catford Garage withdrawn.

21.11.62
NX
12RT
11RT
14RT

WILLESDEN GARAGE (Sundays) - MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Saturday) -  SURREY DOCKS STN (Monday-Friday/Saturday am) -  LEWISHAM (Saturday pm/Sunday)
Peak journeys to Catford Garage withdrawn.

27.01.65
AC
--
5RTW
--
 
NX
12RT
20RT
12RT
 
TL
19RT
--
--

WILLESDEN GARAGE (Saturday/Sundays) - MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Friday) - LEWISHAM (Sunday) - Catford - Downham - Bromley - BROMLEY GARAGE (Monday-Friday)
Saturday re-introduced between Marylebone & Willesden and AC allocation added.
Monday-Friday extended from Surrey Docks to Bromley Garage replacing part of withdrawn 199.

01.12.66
AC
--
5RTL
--
 
NX
12RT
20RT
12RT
 
TL
19RT
--
--

AC RTW allocation withdrawn in favour of RTL.

RTL1583

RTL1583 parked at Pound Lane surrounded by new routemasters

This image available on the
Nostalgia download

31.12.66
NX
8RT
20RT
--
 
TL
18RT
--
--

WILLESDEN GARAGE (Saturday) - MARYLEBONE (Monday-Friday) -  CATFORD GARAGE (Saturday)  BROMLEY GARAGE (Monday-Friday)
Sunday Route withdrawn with the introduction of 1A Willesden & Greenwich

22.03.69
NX
8RT
20RM
--
 
TL
18RT
--
--

Saturday converted to RM operation.

22.10.69
NX
11RT
15RM
--
 
TL
18RT
--
--

MARYLEBONE (Monday-Friday) - TRAFALGAR SQUARE (Saturdays) - CATFORD GARAGE (Saturdays) - BROMLEY GARAGE (Monday-Friday)
Saturday withdrawn between Trafalgar Square & Willesden Garage.

17.04.71
NX
11RT
15RM
--
 
TL
18RT
--
--

Re-routed via Baker Street - Oxford Street - and Charing Cross Road instead of Tottenham Court Road

1971 tt
RT935

I am not sure if this image is posed - the blind is set for Oxford Street which is after 1971 but there is a stencil garage holder which is early 1960's. I am not even sure where the location is

This image available on the
Nostalgia download

20.05.72
NX
18RT
16RM
--
 
TL
11RT
--
--

MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Friday) - OXFORD CIRCUS (Saturday shopping hours) - TRAFALGAR SQUARE (Saturday except shopping hours) - CATFORD GARAGE (Saturdays) - BROMLEY GARAGE (Monday-Friday)
Saturday shopping hours extended from Trafalgar Square to Oxford Circus.

26.01.75
NX
18RT
16RM
--
 
TL
11RM
--
--

TL allocation converted from RT to RM.

23.02.75
NX
18RM
16RM
--
 
TL
11RM
--
--

Monday-Friday NX allocation converted from RT to RM.

28.10.78
NX171+
16RM
13RM
3RM
 
TL141+
9RM
--
--

MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Friday) - OXFORD CIRCUS (Saturday shopping hours) - TRAFALGAR SQUARE (Saturday except shopping hours/Sundays) - SURREY DOCKS STN (Sundays) - CATFORD GARAGE (Monday-Saturday)
Monday-Friday withdrawn between Catford & Bromley.
Sunday Route re-introduced between Charing Cross and Surrey Docks.

04.09.82
NX171+
8RM
6RM
3RM
 
TL141+
12RM
6RM
--

MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Friday) - OXFORD CIRCUS (Saturday shopping hours) - TRAFALGAR SQUARE (Saturday except shopping hours/Sundays) -SURREY QUAYS STN (Sundays) - CATFORD GARAGE (Monday-Saturday)
Saturday TL introduced

20.04.84
NX171+
8RM
6RM
--
 
TL141+
12RM
6RM
--

MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Friday) - OXFORD CIRCUS (Saturday shopping hours) - TRAFALGAR SQUARE (Saturday except shopping hours) -CATFORD GARAGE (Monday-Saturday)
Sunday Route withdrawn - replaced by re-introduced 1A

02.11.85
NX171+
13RM+1/21
6RM
--
 
TL141+
--
--
7T

MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Friday) - OXFORD CIRCUS (Saturday shopping hours) - TRAFALGAR SQUARE (Saturday early am and evenings/Sunday) -  Deptford,  GREENWICH Cutty Sark
Daily diverted at Deptford to GREENWICH Cutty Sark.
Sunday One Man Operation introduced.

21.06.86
NX171+
13RM
8RM
--
 
TL141+
--
--
8T

MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Friday) - OXFORD CIRCUS (Saturday shopping hours/Sunday) - TRAFALGAR SQUARE (Saturday early am and evenings) -  GREENWICH Cutty Sark
Sunday extended from Trafalgar Square to Oxford Circus

RM2184

RM2184 is old school referring to the terminus as Charing Cross whereas the newcomer behind prefers Trafalgar Square

This image available with the Routemaster download

25.10.86
NX171+
13RM
7RM
--
 
TL141+
--
--
5T

Sunday (NX) introduced.

06.06.87
NX171+
6T
--
6T
 
TB151+
14T
18T
6T

TRAFALGAR SQUARE - Aldwych - Waterloo - Elephant & Castle - Bermondsey - Surrey Quays - Deptford - Greenwich - Lewisham - Catford - Downham - Bromley - BROMLEY GARAGE
Converted to OPO daily.
Extended from Greenwich to Bromley Garage replacing withdrawn 199 between Lewisham and Bromley Common
TB allocation introduced

21.11.87
NX171+
6T
--
--
 
TB151+
14T
18T
6T
 
TL141+
--
--
6T

Sunday NX allocation replaced by re-introduced TL allocation.


01.04.89
NX171+
6T
--
--
 
TB151+
14T
19T
6T
 
TL141+
--
--
6T
lc logo


11.08.90
NX171+
6T
--
--
 
TB151+
14T
8T
6T
 
TL131+
--
9T
--
 
TL141+
--
--
6T

Part of Saturday TB allocation transferred to TL - Note the different running number sequence at TL

T857

T857 Bromley Town Centre equipped with the ugly Tyvec type blind

This image available on the
Titan download

27.04.91
NX171+
8L
7L
--
lc logo Selkent involvemwnt severed

ALDWYCH - SURREY QUAYS STN (Monday-Saturday)
Withdrawn between Surrey Quays and Bromley - this section replaced by New Route 199 between SQS and Catford Garage and the remainder of the route by  existing Route 208

06.01.92
NX171+
8L
7L
--

ALDWYCH - SURREY QUAYS STN - Salter Road - Brunel Road - ROTHERITHE TUNNEL ROUNDABOUT (SDO with the flow journeys)
SDO journeys introduced via Salter Road to Rotherhithe

18.07.92
NX171+
9L
7L
--

HOLBORN STN - SURREY QUAYS STN - SURREY QUAYS STN - ROTHERITHE (SDO with the flow journeys)
Extended

08.10.94
NX171+
10L
7L
--

NEW OXFORD STREET Centre Point - SURREY QUAYS STN - ROTHERITHE (SDO with the flow journeys)
Extended from Holborn to Centre point

L96

L96 Elephant & Castle showing off the new unusual ultimate blind which mentions Centre Point

This image available on the
Leyland Olympian download

14.11.98
DM
11dd
8dd
--
 
NP
2dd
--
--
fc logo Route transferred from London Central to Capital Citybus
322

Before the new buses were delivered the route had to make do with old Metrobuses as seen here by ex M487 but christened 322 by First Capital

This image available on the
First London download


18.09.99
DM121+
11TN
8TN
--
 
NP
2dd
--
--

NEW OXFORD STREET Centre Point - CANADA WATER
Extended from Surrey Quays to Canada Water
Converted to low floor double deck operation

05.12.99
DM
11M/TN
8M/TN
--
 
NP
2M
--
--

Metrobuses introduced at Dagenham (DM)

08.01.00
DM
13TN
11TN
--
 
BT
2M
--
--

Northumberland Park (NP) withdrawn.

27.03.00
DM
13TN
8TN
10TN
 
Y
2M
--
--

Blue Triangle allocation transferred within First to Centre West (Orpington)
Sunday Route introduced.

01.05.00
DM
13TN
8TN
10TN
 
Y
2M
--
--

Peak extra operation returned to Blue Triangle.

05.06.00
DM
13TN
11TN
10TN

Blue Triangle withdrawn.

01.12.01
H
13TN
11TN
10TN

Dagenham (DM) allocation transferred to Hackney (H)

TN811

TN811 at Waterloo makes use of the wide blind aperture and displays 9 intermediate points using the top line for 3

This image available on the
First London download

15.10.05
MA101+
14VWL
13VWL
9VWL
et logo Operation transferred to East Thames Buses operating from a base at Mandela Way
VWL17

VWL17 on the New Kent Road

This image is part of a download available on the Abellio download

03.10.09
MA101+
15VWL
13VWL
8VWL
lg logo Route transferred to Go Ahead/ London General.
WVL34

WVL34 Elephant & Castle with the now fashionable unhelful blind

This image available on the
GO-AHEAD London download

06.02.10
MW41+
16VLW
13VLW
9VLW

Allocation moved to Mandela Way (MW)

04.10.14
MW41+
17VLW
14VLW
10VLW

Contract extended for two years

E169

E173 usually found on Route 453 spotted here on Waterloo Bridge. The bus stop boasts 22 services stopping here and all could probably be seen shortly after midnight

This image available on the
GO-AHEAD London download

01.10.16
MW41+
17WHV
15WHV
11WHV

Contract renewal with new buses

WHV147

WHV147 has just left  Aldwych and is about to cross
Waterloo Bridge

© Peter Horrex

Operating Garages

AC Willesden
Changeover point at garage.

W Cricklewood
Changeover point at Willesden Garage or maybe Quex Road Kilburn ?

P Old Kent Road
Changeover point Bricklayers Arms ? or Lewisham Rennell Street ?

RL Rye Lane - Peckham
Changeover point ?

NX New Cross
Changeover point Waterloo up to about 1985 and then buses ran light from Greenwich to NX.

TL Catford
Changeover point outside garage.

TB Bromley
Changeover point at garage

NP Northumberland Park
Changeover point Canada Water

DM Dagenham
Changeover point Canada Water
``

H Hackney
Changeover point Canada Water

MA Mandela Way
Changeover point during the day SOUTHWARK PARK ROAD / DUNTON ROAD and late evenings light from Canada Water to garage.

Current times live stands Tender Specifications Route 1 fares

 

© Ian Armstrong 2016
Date of edit   Tuesday, 17.01.17

 

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