Route History


Date of introduction
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
14.10.59
X
31RTL
21RTL
--

ACTON TRAM DEPOT  -   East Acton  -  Wormwood Scrubs  -  Ladbroke Grove  -  Westbourne Park Road  -  Westbourne Grove  -  Paddington  -  Edgware Road  -  Marble Arch  -  Oxford Street  -  OXFORD CIRCUS (Mon-Sat evenings) - Holborn  -  Bank  -  LONDON BRIDGE (Mon-Sat except evenings)
This route had been previously numbered 7A

Note the start and finish times at Cambridge Gardens  - buses coming from Middle Row Garage via Kensal Road and Ladbroke Grove. This was the most popular rota at Middle Row because the late turns were minimal
09.10.63
X
31RTL
21RTL
--

KEW GREEN Coach & Horses (Sats) - ACTON Tram Depot (Mon-Fri) - OXFORD CIRCUS (Mon-Fri evenings/Sats pm)) - LONDON BRIDGE STN (Mon-Fri daytime/Sat am)
Saturday extended from Acton to Kew Green to replace withdrawn 265.

01.07.64
X
31RM
21RM
--

RTL allocation replaced by RM.

31.12.66
X
31RM
18RM
--

ACTON Tram Depot (Mon-Sat) - OXFORD CIRCUS (Mon-Fri evenings/Sats pm) - LONDON BRIDGE STN (Mon-Fri daytime/Sat am)
Saturday section between Acton & Kew replaced by 27A

1968 entry
This entry is part of the September 1968 allocation book which is available for sale
24.01.70
X
27RM
15RM
--

ACTON Tram Depot (Mon-Sat) - OXFORD CIRCUS (Sats ) - TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD STN (Mon-Fri) - BLOOMSBURY (Mon-Fri peaks)
Mon-Fri service withdrawn between Bloomsbury and London Bridge - this section replaced by new Red Arrow route 501. Also withdrawn between Tottenham Ct Road Stn and Bloomsbury off peak but extended evenings from Oxford Circus to TCRS.
Saturday am withdrawn between Oxford Circus to London Bridge with no replacement service.

RT4215

RT4215 BISHOPS BRIDGE

© Jim Blake

25.04.81
X1+
18RM
11RM
8RM

RICHMOND Bus Station (Suns) - Kew Road - Kew Bridge - Gunnersbury Avenue - Acton Town - ACTON Tram Depot (Mon-Sat) - OXFORD CIRCUS  (Sats )- TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD STN (Mon-Fri) - BLOOMSBURY (Mon-Fri peaks)

15.08.81
X201+
18RM
11RM
8RM

Middle Row garage closed - allocation transferred to Westbourne Park.

31.08.81
X201+
18RM
11RM
8DMc

Sunday operation converted to DM

RM22

RM22 seen at Marble Arch with the A/C switched on

© Paul Davis

04.10.81
X201+
16RM
10RM
7RM

Sunday DM reverted to RM

01.02.86
X201+
14RM
9RM
8M

Sunday converted to OPO operation with Metrobuses

21.11.87
X201+
12RML
8RML
8M

RICHMOND (Suns) - WORMWOOD SCRUBS (Mon-Sat) - OXFORD CIRCUS (Suns ) -BLOOMSBURY (Mon-Sat)
Mon-Sat withdrawn between Wormwood Scrubs and Acton and extended from Oxford Circus to Bloomsbury at all times.

04.03.89
X201+
12RML
10RML
8M

RICHMOND (Suns) - EAST ACTON STATION (Mon-Sat)- OXFORD CIRCUS (Suns) - BLOOMSBURY (Mon-Sat)
Mon-Sat extended from Wormwood Scrubs to East Acton.

01.04.89
X201+
12RML
10RML
8M
logo London Buses was divided into 12 business units - in preparation for sell-off
25.11.89
X
12RML
10RML
8M

KEW GREEN (Suns) - EAST ACTON STATION (Mon-Sat)- OXFORD CIRCUS (Suns) - BLOOMSBURY (Mon-Sat)
Sunday withdrawn between Kew Green & Richmond.

01.02.92
ON
--
--
12DW/MA
 
X
12RML
10RML
--

Sunday Route converted to midibus operation and transferred to Alperton Garage.

18.07.92
ON
--
--
12DW
 
X
12RML
10RML
--

KEW GREEN (Suns) - EAST ACTON STATION (Mon-Sat)- OXFORD CIRCUS (Suns) - Bloomsbury - British Museum - RUSSELL SQUARE (Mon-Sat)
Mon-Sat extended from Bloomsbury to Russell Square. This was part of a number of changes in Central London for this date.

RML2365

RML2365 is treated to a new style blind with the July 1992 changes - seen here in Old Oak Lane

This image available with the Routemaster family download at Bus Photos

08.02.93
X
12RML
10RML
11DW

KEW GREEN (Suns) - EAST ACTON STATION (Mon-Sat)- RUSSELL SQUARE
Extended from Oxford Circus to Russell Square at all times.
Alperton allocation withdrawn in favour of a reinstated Westbourne Park allocation.


22.05.93
X
12RML
10RML
11DW
Evening Route
X
DW ex 70
DW ex 70
--

Mon-Sat evenings converted to midibus operation.


18.05.96
X
12RML
10RML
10DW
Evening Route
X
DW ex 70
DW ex 70
--

ACTON Horn Lane (Suns) - EAST ACTON STATION (Mon-Sat)- Russell SQUARE
Sunday withdrawn between Acton & Kew Green

30.06.99
X
12RML
10RML
10DM
Evening Route
X
DM/DW
DM/DW
--

DM type introduced.


24.06.00
X
13RML
11RML
10DML
Evening Route
X
DML
DML
--

EAST ACTON STATION - Russell SQUARE
Sunday withdrawn between East Acton and Acton - replaced by Route 70 introduction on this day

28.10.00
X
13RML
14RML
10DML
Evening Route
X
DML
DML
--
 
AT
--
--
13TNL

Sunday allocation transferred to Acton (AT) and converted to double deck.

DML302

DML302 Chepstow Road

This image available with the
First London download


27.04.02
X
13RML
14RML
6DML
Evening Route
X
DML
DML
--
 
AT
--
--
8TNL

Sunday Westbourne Park allocation re-introduced.

01.02.03
X
20RML
15RML
11TN

EAST ACTON Brunel Road - RUSSELL SQUARE
Extended in East Acton to Brunel Road. Sunday Acton (AT) withdrawn.

tna33352

TNA33352 gives Portobello Road a plug on the blind seen in Eastbourne Terrace

This image available with the
First London download


03.07.04
X
20TAL
16TAL
11TAL

RML type withdrawn - route converted to double deck OPO operation

VP19

This East Thames Trident (VP19) has been loaned to Westbourne Park Garage and is seen in Tottenham Ct Road

This image available with the
First London download


29.01.05
X
22TAL
15TAL
15TAL

New schedule introduced to aid reliability.

VN32108

VN32108 seen with the new First livery in Chepstow Road

This image available with the
First London download


23.06.07
PV1+
22TP
22TP
15TP
metroline logo Contract reassigned

Contract reassigned to Metroline operating from the Perivale (PV) garage using TP type until new East Lancs Olympus type are delivered. First loaned Tridents until the new vehicles were delivered but these were used on Route 297.

TP350

TP350 seen at East Acton passing the crew ferry bus

This image is available with the Metroline download

31.07.07
PV1+
22SEL
22SEL
15SEL

Gradual conversion commenced of new East Lancs Scania type.

SEL754

The new order is represented here by SEL754 seen in Oxford Street

This image is available with the Metroline download

23.06.12
PA1+
23SEL
23SEL
15SEL

Contract extended for two years.
Allocation moved from Perivale East (PV) to Perivale West (PA)

16.06.14
PA1+
23SEL
23SEL
15SEL

EAST ACTON - OXFORD CIRCUS
Withdrawn between Oxford Circus and Russell Square due to Crossrail work in Oxford Street - Route 98 diverted to Russell Square to compensate

21.06.14
PA1+
22VWH
22VWH
15VWH


Contract renewal with new buses

VWH2020

VWH2020 Marble Arch

© Ian Armstrong

 

04.06.16
PA1+
23VWH
22VWH
15VWH

EAST ACTON - OXFORD CIRCUS
Withdrawn between Oxford Circus and Russell Square officially. The withdrawn section being replaced by Route 10 being diverted via Russell Square and Upper Woburn Place although this change does not appear to have been implemented

Live View East Acton to Oxford Circus
06.08.16
PV1+
21VWH
20VWH
14VWH

Allocation moved to Perivale (PV)

Operating Garages

X Middle Row
.Changeover point: Cambridge Gardens.
Garage journeys leave line of route at Cambridge Gardens and observe Route 52 stops to Kensal Road.
Buses pick up and set down at garage."Display NORTH KENSINGTON Middle Row"

X Westbourne Park
.Changeover point Westbourne Park Road

ON Alperton
Changeover point at garage all buses running light from East Acton via Western Avenue and Ealing Road.

AT Acton Bus Route
Changeover point not known - at garage running dead from East Acton ??

PV Perivale East
Changeover point Brunel Road - East Acton

PA Perivale West
Meal relief point Brunel Road - East Acton except Sunday  when taken at garage

Route 7 times 7 live 7 stands Tender Specs Fares Route 7

Comment
When I worked at Middle Row this was the favourite route because the ratio of late turns was a lot less than the 18/28 rota

 

© Ian Armstrong 2017
Date of edit   Saturday, 03.06.17