Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
at 03.10.34
AH
18LT
15LT
--
 
ED
17STL
17STL
--
 
S
17LT
17LT
14LT
 
TC
15ST
17ST
--
 
TL
25ST
23ST
53ST

HARLESDEN Willesden Junction ( Mon-Sat am journeys / Suns ) - Acton Lane - PARK ROYAL Coronation Road ( Mon-Sat ) - Gipsy Corner - East Acton - Old Oak Road - Uxbridge Road - Shepherds Bush - Notting Hill Gate - Marble Arch - Oxford Circus - Trafalgar Square - Whitehall - Lambeth North - Elephant & Castle - Camberwell Green - Peckham - Barry Road - East Dulwich - Forest Hill - Penge - Anerly - Norwood Junction - Portland Road - Addiscombe - Cherry Orchard Road - East Croydon - Croydon - SOUTH CROYDON Red Deer
Works in two sections: South Croydon to Oxford Circus (daily) or Dulwich to Harlesden (Mon-Sat) or Oxford Circus to Harlesden (Suns)

17.04.35
AH
18LT
15LT
14LT
 
ED
17STL
17STL
9STL
 
S
17LT
17LT
14LT
 
TC
15ST
17ST
--
 
TL
23ST
21ST
30ST

Sunday Elmers End (ED) and Nunhead (AH) allocations introduced

07.10.36
AH
18LT
15LT
23LT
 
ED
22STL
24STL
--
 
S
17LT
17LT
14LT
 
TC
10ST
7ST
--
 
TL
25ST
24ST
30ST

Sunday Elmers End (ED) withdrawn

04.05.38
AH
18LT
17LT
29LT
 
ED
23STL
26STL
--
 
S
17LT
17LT
14LT
 
TC
10ST
6ST
--
 
TL
25ST
23ST
30ST

SOUTH CROYDON - PARK ROYAL ( Mon-Sat ) - WILLESDEN JUNCTION ( Mon-Sat am journeys ) - Stonebridge Park - North Circular Road - Neasden - BRENT STATION ( Suns )
Sunday extended from Harlesden to Brent Station

16.10.38
AH
18LT
16LT
29LT
 
ED
23STL
26STL
--
 
S
17LT
17LT
14LT
 
TC
15ST
10ST
2ST
 
TL
25ST
23ST
30ST

Sunday Croydon (C) allocation introduced

18.10.39
AH
51LT
42LT
42LT
 
R
--
--
14LT
 
S
16LT
14LT
--
 
TC
14STL
16STL
2STL

SOUTH CROYDON - PARK ROYAL Coronation Road ( Mon-Sat peaks) - WILLESDEN JUNCTION
Sunday withdrawn between Willesden Junction and Brent
Mon-Sat extended from Park Royal to Willesden Junction all day
Elmers End (ED) and Catford (TL) allocations withdrawn
Sunday only Riverside (R) allocation introduced

03.01.40
AH
51LT
42LT
42LT
 
ED
9LT
12LT
--
 
R
--
--
16LT
 
S
16LT
14LT
--
 
TC
14STL
16STL
2STL

  Mon-Sat Elmers End (ED) reinstated

15.05.40
AH
22LT
24LT
27LT
 
ED
23LT
21LT
15LT
 
R
--
--
16LT
 
S
16LT
14LT
--
 
TC
9STL
10STL
2STL
 
TL
11STL
--
--

  Mon-Fri Catford (TL) reinstated
  Sunday Elmers End (ED) reintroduced
24.10.40
AH
22LT
23LT
27LT
Express AH
7PROV
7PROV
--
 
ED
23LT
21LT
15LT
 
R
--
--
16LT
 
S
16LT
15LT
--
 
TC
9STL
10STL
2STL
 
TL
11STL
--
--

SOUTH CROYDON - PARK ROYAL Coronation Road ( Mon-Sat peaks) - WILLESDEN JUNCTION
EXPRESS SERVICE: DULWICH Plough - TRAFALGAR SQUARE Normal stopping Dulwich to Peckham Rye
Express service introduced

19.03.41
AH
18LT
6PROV
17LT
6PROV
27LT
 
ED
21LT
3PROV
21LT
15LT
 
R
--
--
16LT
 
S
16LT
15LT
--
 
TC
9STL
10STL
2STL
 
TL
11STL
--
--

Express service withdrawn

29.10.41
AH
22LT
23LT
23LT
 
ED
21LT
17LT
19LT
 
R
--
--
16LT
 
S
16LT
15LT
--
 
TC
9STL
14STL
--
 
TL
14STL
--
--

Sunday Croydon (TC) allocation withdrawn

26.11.41
AH
22LT
23LT
23LT
 
ED
21LT
17LT
19LT
 
R
--
--
16LT
 
S
16LT
15LT
--
 
TC
9ST
14ST
2STL
 
TL
14STL
--
--

SOUTH CROYDON - PARK ROYAL STADIUM ( Mon-Sat peaks) - WILLESDEN JUNCTION
Park Royal peak journeys extended to Stadium

07.12.41
AH
22LT
23LT
23LT
 
ED
21LT
17LT
19LT
 
S
16LT
15LT
16LT
 
TC
9ST
14ST
--
 
TL
14STL
--
--

Sunday only Riverside (R) allocation replaced by reinstated Shepherds Bush (S)

28.10.42
AH
22LT
23LT
14LT
 
ED
21LT
17LT
13LT
 
S
16LT
15LT
8LT
 
TC
9ST
14ST
--
 
TL
14STL
--
--

SOUTH CROYDON - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Suns ) - SHEPHERDS BUSH ( Suns ) - PARK ROYAL STADIUM ( Mon-Sat peaks) - WILLESDEN JUNCTION
Sunday western section withdrawn between Oxford circus and Shepherds Bush thus ran in two separate sections on that day

12.09.43
AH
22LT
23LT
14LT
 
ED
19LT
17LT
14LT
 
S
16LT
15LT
13LT
 
TC
10ST
14ST
--
 
TL
15STL
--
--

SOUTH CROYDON - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Suns pm) - SHEPHERDS BUSH ( Suns am) - PARK ROYAL STADIUM ( Mon-Sat peaks) - WILLESDEN JUNCTION
Sunday pm western section reintroduced between Oxford Circus and Shepherds Bush.

03.10.45
AH
24LT
26LT
16LT
 
ED
17LT
13LT
15LT
 
S
17LT
18LT
13LT
 
TC
8STL
17STL
--
 
TL
17STL+
--
--
    2STL/54    

SOUTH CROYDON - PARK ROYAL STADIUM ( Mon-Sat peaks) - WILLESDEN JUNCTION
Sunday am western section reintroduced between Oxford Circus and Shepherds Bush.

12.11.47
AH
31LT
25LT
18LT
 
ED
40LT
30LT
19LT
 
S
18LT
15LT
19LT
 
TC
15ST
16ST
--

Catford (TL) allocation withdrawn

20.10.48
AH
31LT
25LT
18LT
 
ED
30LT
10ST
26LT
4RT
7LT
12RT
 
S
18LT
15LT
19LT
 
TC
15ST
16ST
--

RT type introduced

26.10.49
AH
31RT
25RT
18RT
 
ED
40RT
31RT
19RT
 
S
18RTL
14RTL
16RTL
 
TC
15RT
16RT
--

RT/RTL conversion complete

14.05.52
AH
31RT
25RT
--
 
ED
46RT
31RT
27RT
 
PM
--
--
8RT
 
RL
--
--
10RT
 
S
21RTL
14RTL
16RTL
 
TC
15RT
16RT
--

Sunday Nunhead (AH) allocation withdrawn in favour of new Peckham (PM) and Rye Lane (RL) allocations.

22.10.52
AH
31RT
25RT
10RT
 
ED
46RT
31RT
27RT
 
S
21RTL
14RTL
16RTL
 
TC
15RT
16RT
--

Sunday Nunhead (AH) allocation re-introduced and PM and RL withdrawn.

06.05.53
AH
31RT
25RT
--
 
ED
46RT
31RT
27RT
 
PM
--
--
8RT
 
RL
--
--
10RT
 
S
21RTL
14RTL
16RTL
 
TC
15RT
16RT
--

Sunday Nunhead (AH) allocation withdrawn in favour of new Peckham (PM) and Rye Lane (RL) allocations.

07.10.53
AH
31RT
25RT
10RT
 
ED
46RT
31RT
27RT
 
S
21RTL
14RTL
16RTL
 
TC
15RT
16RT
--

Sunday Nunhead (AH) allocation re-introduced and PM and RL withdrawn.

06.01.54
ED
46RT
31RT
27RT
 
RL
31RT
26RT
10RT
 
S
21RTL
13RTL
16RTL
 
TC
15RT
16RT
--

Nunhead (AH) garage closes - allocation transferred to Rye Lane (RL).

20.10.54
ED
44RT
31RT
27RT
 
RL
29RT
26RT
10RT
 
S
21RTL
13RTL
16RTL
 
TC
15RT
16RT
--

SOUTH CROYDON GARAGE - PARK ROYAL STADIUM (Mon-Sat peak journeys) - HARLESDEN
Withdrawn between SOUTH CROYDON Red Deer and SOUTH CROYDON GARAGE.

30.04.58
ED
43RT
29RT
18RT
 
RL
29RT
18RT
6RT
 
S
19RTL
12RTL
16RTL
 
TC
12RT
17RT
--

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26.11.58
ED
43RT
28RT
18RT
 
RL
24RT
16RT
6RT
 
S
19RTL
11RTL
--
 
TC
12RT
15RT
--

SOUTH CROYDON GARAGE - OXFORD CIRCUS (Suns) - PARK ROYAL STADIUM (Mon-Sat peak journeys) - HARLESDEN
Sundays withdrawn between Oxford Circus and Harlesden - replaced between Shepherds Bush and Harlesden by Route 49.

Sunday Shepherds Bush (S) withdrawn

11.05.60
ED
43RT
28RT
19RT
 
RL
25RT
20RT
5RT
 
S
19RTL
10RTL
--
 
TC
12RT
15RT
--

SOUTH CROYDON GARAGE - - SHEPHERDS BUSH Wells Road (Suns) - PARK ROYAL STADIUM (Mon-Sat peak journeys) - HARLESDEN
Sunday Route extended from Oxford Circus to Shepherds Bush.
Saturday journeys to Park Royal Stadium withdrawn.

RTL876

RTL876 National Gallery

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09.05.62
ED
43RT
28RT
26RT
 
RL
21RT
16RT
--
 
S
16RTL
10RTL
--
 
TC
13RT
15RT
--

Sunday Rye Lane (RL) allocation withdrawn.

21.12.68
ED
47RT
29RT
27RT
 
RL
25RT
17RT
--
 
S
11RT
7RM
--
 
TC
9RT
14RT
--

Mon-Fri RT and Saturday RM introduced at Shepherds Bush (S).

22.03.69
ED
47RT
29RT
27RT
 
PM
25RT
17RT
--
 
S
11RT
7RM
--
 
TC
9RT
14RT
--

Rye Lane (RL) allocation transferred to Peckham (PM) with garage closure.

31.10.70
ED
50RT
29RT
21RT
 
PM
23RT
15RT
6RT
 
S
10RT
7RM
--
 
TC
--
6RT
--

Sunday Peckham (PM) allocation introduced and Mon-Fri Croydon (TC) allocation withdrawn.

08.01.72
ED
24RT
9RT
7RT
 
PM
19RT
18RT
--
 
Q
--
--
13RT
 
S
10RT
6RM
--
 
WL
13RT
11RT
--

NORWOOD JUNCTION - SHEPHERDS BUSH (Suns) - PARK ROYAL (Mon-Fri peaks) - HARLESDEN (Mon-Sat)
Withdrawn between Norwood Junction and South Croydon - this section replaced by new 12A Peckham and South Croydon.
Mon-Sat Walworth (WL) allocation introduced. Sunday (PM) withdrawn and new Camberwell (Q) introduced.
Croydon (TC) allocation withdrawn.

17.06.72
ED
24RT
9RT
7RT
 
PM
19RT
18RT
5RT
 
S
10RT
5RM
--
 
WL
13RT
11RT
7RT

Sunday Walworth (WL) and Peckham (PM) allocation introduced. Sunday (Q) withdrawn.

RT777

RT777 (WL) seen leaving the Honeywood Road stand at
Willesden Junction

© Malcolm Allan

02.09.72
ED
24RT
9RT
7RT
 
PM
19RT
18RM
5RM
 
S
10RT
5RM
--
 
WL
13RT
11RT
7RM

Sunday RM introduced at WL and Sat/Sun at PM

06.01.73
ED
24RT
9RT
7RT
 
PM
19RT
18RM
5RM
 
S
10RT
5RM
--
 
WL
13RM
11RM
7RM

Daily RM introduced at WL

17.02.73
ED
22RM
9RM
7RM
 
PM
19RT
18RM
5RM
 
S
10RM
5RM
--
 
WL
13RM
11RM
7RM

NORWOOD JUNCTION - SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN (Suns) - PARK ROYAL (Mon-Fri peaks) - HARLESDEN (Mon-Sat)
Sunday withdrawn between Shepherds Bush Green and Shepherds Bush Garage.
Daily RM type introduced at Elmers End (ED)
Mon-Fri RM type introduced at Shepherds Bush (S).

12.05.73
ED
22RM
9RM
7RM
 
PM
19RM
18RM
5RM
 
S
10RM
5RM
--
 
WL
13RM
11RM
7RM

Mon-Fri RM type introduced at Peckham (PM).

01.03.75
ED
22RM
13RM
8RM
 
PM
21RM
14RM
6RM
 
S
10RM
5RML
--
 
WL
13RM
11RM
6RM

Saturday Shepherds Bush (S) allocation converted from RM to RML type.

RM1910

RM1910 sponsored by Heinz for the silver jubilee seen at Westminster

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15.10.77
ED91+
22RM
13RM
8RM
 
PM181+
21RM
14RM
6MDc
 
S61+
10RM
5RML
--
 
WL151+
13RM
12RM
6RM

PM allocation on Sundays converted from RM to MD crew.

MD33

MD33 Regent Street

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28.10.78
ED
26RM
16RM
8RM
 
PM
18RM
13RM
5MDc
 
S
8RM
4RML
--
 
WL
7RM
9RM
1RM/4DM

NORWOOD JUNCTION - PARK ROYAL (Mon-Sat peaks) - WILLESDEN JUNCTION
Sunday extended from Shepherds Bush to Harlesden as per Mon-Sat routeing replacing withdrawn section of Route 49.
Sunday type changes at PM and WL as above.

17.05.80
ED
26RM
16RM
8RM
 
PM
18RM
13RM
5MDc
 
S
8RM
4RML
--
 
WL
7RM
9RM
1RM/4DM

Mon-Fri shuttle journeys between Harlesden and Park Royal withdrawn with the introduction of Route 79A extension


DM1777

DM1777 Trafalgar Square

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21.03.81
ED
26RM
16RM
8RM
 
PM
18RM
13RM
5MDc
 
S
7RM
4RML
--
 
WL
7RM
9RM
5RM

Sunday Walworth DM's replaced by Routemasters

04.09.82
ED
26RM
16RM
8RM
 
PM
20RM
13RM
5RM
 
WL
12RM
11RM
5RM

Shepherds Bush (S) allocation withdrawn.

27.10.84
ED
22RM
12RM
9RM
 
PM
20RM
14RM
8RM
 
WL
11RM
5RM
--

Daily Shepherds Bush (S) allocation re-introduced (Route 88 allocation reduced).
Sunday Walworth (WL) allocation withdrawn (replaced by Route 3 allocation)

02.11.85
ED
19RM
11RM
9RM
 
PM
26RM
20RM
8RM
 
Q
6RM
--
--
 
S
6RM
5RM
6RM

Daily Walworth (WL) allocation withdrawn with garage closure.
Mon-Fri Camberwell (PM) allocation introduced.

13.10.86
ED
19RM
13RM
9RM
 
PM
26RM
23RM
8RM
 
Q
6RM
--
--
 
S
6RM
5RM
6RM

HARLESDEN - PARK ROYAL (Mon-Sat peaks) - NORWOOD JUNCTION then one am school day am journey bifurcated at Penge via Route 227 to Beckenham Junction (returning out of Route to Penge)

25.10.86
PM
21RM/6RML
17RM/6RML
6RM/6RML
 
Q
29RM
15RM
9RM

EAST ACTON Du Cane Road - PENGE Pawleyne Arms - BECKENHAM JUNCTION (sdo journey)
Withdrawn between East Acton and Harlesden - replaced by new Route 255 Shepherds Bush and Harlesden.
Withdrawn between Penge and Norwood Junction - replaced by extra buses on Route 12A which was extended from Forest Hill to Peckham
at this time also.
ED garage closed. Sat & Sun Q allocation introduced. S allocation transferred to new Route 255.

13.08.88
PM
5RM/22RML
22RML
13T
 
Q
15RML
9RML
6T
 
S
6RML
5RML
--

EAST ACTON Du Cane Road - DULWICH Plough
Sunday converted to One Person Operation.

Withdrawn between Dulwich and Penge - replaced by revised Routes 78 and 176.
Mon-Sat Shepherds Bush (S) operation re-introduced.

T956

T956 Oxford Street

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19.11.88
NX
--
--
14T/L
 
PM
5RM/22RML
22RML
5T
 
Q
15RML
9RML
--
 
S
6RML
5RML
--

Sunday PM allocation transferred to New Cross (NX).

13.07.91
NX
--
--
14T/L
 
PM
25RML
21RML
5T
 
Q
13RML
10RML
--
 
S
6RML
5RML
--

SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN - DULWICH Plough
Withdrawn between East Acton and Shepherds Bush Green.
Shepherds Bush (S) allocation withdrawn.


19.06.93
PM
--
--
5T
 
Q
38RML
32RML
14T

Mon-Sat PM allocation transferred to Camberwell (Q). Sunday (NX) allocation transferred to Peckham (PM).


12.03.94
PM
--
--
5T
 
Q
37RML
30RML
14T

NOTTING HILL GATE - DULWICH Plough
Withdrawn between Notting Hill Gate and Shepherds Bush Green.

RML2515

RML2515 Westminster

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27.02.00
PM181+
--
--
6LFDD
 
Q211+
38RML
32RML
12LFDD

Sunday OPO Route converted to low floor operation.

PVL385

PVL385 Whitehall

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30.06.01
PM181+
--
--
7AVL
 
Q211+
38RML
32RML
12AVL


Map 2001
Scanned from 2001 leaflet
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24.01.04
PM181+
--
--
6AVL
 
Q211+
38RML
32RML
13AVL
NIGHT Route
Q261+
4AVL
5AVL
4AVL

N prefix dropped on night service thus now part of this history

AVL13

AVL13 Whitehall

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06.11.04
Q211+
29MA
29MA
24MA
Night Service
Q211+
3MA
4MA
3MA

OXFORD CIRCUS - DULWICH
Withdrawn between Oxford Circus and Notting Hill Gate - this section replaced by revised Route 390.
Converted to ARTIC OPO.

MAL77

MAL77 Trafalgar Square

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07.11.09
Q211+
31MAL
31MAL
25MAL
Night Service
Q211+
3MAL
4MAL
4MAL

Contract extended for two years

05.11.11
Q211+
41WVL
32WVL
31WVL
Night Service
Q211+
3WVL
8WVL
8WVL

Contract renewed and converted from Artic to double deck operation

WVL452

WVL452 Trafalgar Square

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29.03.15
Q211+
34LT
32LT
31LT
Night Service
Q211+
3LT
3LT
3LT

Start of LT conversion|

Garages

S Shepherds Bush
Changeover point Shepherds Bush Met Stn

R Riverside
Changeover point Shepherds Bush Met Stn

WL Walworth
Changeover point Nags Head

Q Camberwell
Changeover point Camberwell Road Nags Head

RL Rye Lane
Changeover point Peckham

PM Peckham
Changeover point Peckham

NX New Cross
Changeover point Peckham

AH Nunhead
Changeover point Peckham Rye

TL Catford
Changeover point Forest Hill ?

ED Elmers End
Changeover point Peckham Garage ( meal reliefs ) or ANERLEY Robin Hood

TC Croydon
Changeover point outside garage

© Ian Armstrong 2016
Date of edit   Sunday, 13.11.16

 

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