Route History

15 fares

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
at 03.10.34
AC
21ST
18ST
--
 
X
--

--

20ST
 
U
69LT
67LT
40LT

ACTON VALE Kings Arms ( Suns )  East Acton - Ducane road - Wormwood Scrubs - St Quintin Avenue -Cambridge Gardens -   LADBROKE GROVE Eagle  ( Mon-Sat  - )Westbourne Grove  -  Paddington - Edgware Road - Marble Arch - Oxford Circus - Piccadilly Circus - Charing Cross - Strand - Aldwych - Ludgate Circus - Bank - Aldgate - Commercial Road - Limehouse - Poplar - Canning Town - Plaistow - Upton Park - EAST HAM White Horse ( Suns ) - High Street South - Ripple Road - Dagenham Heathway - Wood Lane - BECONTREE HEATH ( Mon-Sat )

1934 map Central section Route 15 East section Route 15
Extracted from 1934 historical map drawn by Mike Harris
Please click in map for more detailed view

17.04.35
AC
21ST
22ST
10ST
 
X
--

--

10ST
 
U
44LT
25TD
43LT
24TD
40LT

Part of Sunday Middle Row (X) allocation moved to Willesden (AC)

05.06.35
AC
21ST
22ST
10ST
 
X
--

--

10ST
 
U
46LT
25TD
45LT
25TD
40LT

ACTON VALE Kings Arms ( Suns )   -  LADBROKE GROVE  ( Mon-Sat )  -  EAST HAM White Horse ( Suns ) -DAGENHAM Church Elm ( Mon-Sat )
Mon-Sat withdrawn between Dagenham and Becontree Heath

07.10.36
AC
21ST
22ST
10STL
 
G
14STL

18STL

--
 
U
53LT
12TD
42LT
15TD
40LT
 
X
--
--
10ST

ACTON VALE Kings Arms ( Suns )   -  LADBROKE GROVE  ( Mon-Sat )  -  EAST HAM White Horse ( Suns ) -  NORTH WOOLWICH ( Mon-Sat peak journeys )  -  DAGENHAM Church Elm ( Mon-Sat )
Mon-Sat peak journeys diverted at Manor Way to North Woolwich via Route 101
Mon-Sat Forest Gate (G) allocation introduced

09.12.36
AC
21ST
22ST
10ST
 
X
--

--

10ST
 
U
53LT
15TD+
51LT
10TD+
41LT
    9TD/100 8TD/100  

ACTON VALE Kings Arms ( Suns )   -  LADBROKE GROVE  ( Mon-Sat )  -  EAST HAM White Horse ( Daily ) -  NORTH WOOLWICH ( Mon-Sat peak journeys ) 
Withdrawn between East Ham and Dagenham
Mon-Sat Forest Gate (G) allocation withdrawn

06.10.37
AC
21ST
22ST
--
 
X
--

--

20ST
 
U
18LT
53TD

54TD+
20LT
21TD
      6LT/15C  

ACTON VALE Kings Arms ( Suns )   -  LADBROKE GROVE  ( Mon-Sat )  -  EAST HAM White Horse ( Daily )
Withdrawn between East Ham and North Woolwich
Sunday Willesden (AC) moved to Middle Row )X)

04.05.38
AC
21ST
22ST
10STL
 
X
--

--

10STL
 
U
23LT
40STL+
24LT
30STL+
41STL
    3STL/100 6LT/15C  

Sunday Willesden (AC) reinstated

25.10.39
U
38LT
37LT
20LT
 
X
16ST

18ST

12ST

ACTON VALE Kings Arms ( Suns )   -  LADBROKE GROVE  ( Mon-Sat )  -  POPLAR Blackwall Tunnel ( Mon-Fri except peaks)  -  EAST HAM White Horse (Mon-Fri peaks / Sat  / Sun )
Mon-Fri midday withdrawn between Poplar and East Ham
Willesden (AC) allocation withdrawn

15.05.40
U
38LT
12ST
19LT
12ST
12LT
 
X
16STL

24STL

27STL

ACTON VALE ( Suns )   -  LADBROKE GROVE  ( Mon-Sat )  -  POPLAR Blackwall Tunnel ( Mon-Fri midday )  -  EAST HAM White Horse (Mon-Fri peaks and evgs/ Sat  / Sun )
Mon-Fri evenings extended from Poplar to East Ham

12.11.47
U
29LT
14ST+
30LT+
16LT
    2LT/40 1G/86
1LT/86A
 
 
X
11STL
9ST

12STL
11ST

21STL
10ST

KEW GREEN ( Suns )   -  LADBROKE GROVE  ( Mon-Sat )  -  POPLAR Blackwall Tunnel ( Mon-Fri midday)  -  EAST HAM White Horse (Mon-Fri peaks and evgs/ Sat  / Sun )
Sunday extended from Acton Vale to Kew Green via Acton Town and Kew Bridge
Diverted between North Pole Road and St Marks Road via Barlby Road instead of St Quintin Avenue

05.05.48
U
40RT+
32RT+
22RT
    2LT/40 1G/86
1LT/86A
 
 
X
20RT

19RT
4STL

28RT
10STL

RT type introduced

27.11.49
U
40RT+
32RT
18RT
    2LT/40    
 
X
20RT

23RT

40RT

Sunday service split into two sections
Kew Green to Aldgate and Acton to East Ham

02.05.51
U
60RT+
55RT
26RT
    1RT/40    
 
X
--
--
34RT

Monday-Saturday X allocation transferred to U.

17.10.51
U
62RTW+
55RTW+
25RTW
    1RT/40
1RT/145
   
 
X
--
--
31RT

U allocation changed from RT to RTW

RTW240

RTW240 seen in the Strand - note the restricted blind display - a hangover from the war years

This image available on the
Nostalgia download

04.05.55
U
55RTW
52RTW
19RTW
 
X
--
--
34RTL

X allocation changed from RT to RTL

1958 times
Scanned from April 1958 Red Book, the complete book is available from the Sales List
26.11.58
U
45RTW
35RTW
14RTW
 
X
--
9RTL
24RTL

Saturday X allocation re-introduced.

RTL1205

RTL1205 at Goldsmith's Arms stand rests before the long eastbound journey to East Ham

This image availabe on the
RTL download

11.11.59
U
44RTW
35RTW
16RTW
 
X
--
9RTL
24RTL

KEW GREEN (Sundays) - LADBROKE GROVE (Monday-Saturday) - EAST HAM White Horse
Extended from Poplar to East Ham at all times.
This was in connection with the trolleybus replacement program.

RTW95

RTW95 Minories Bus Station after 1961 as evidenced by lack of overhead and the RM on Route 253 in the background

This image available on the
Nostalgia download

01.01.64
U
43RTW
32RTW
15RTW
 
X
--
9RM
26RM

X allocation converted to RM

01.04.64
U
43RM
32RM
15RM
 
X
--
9RM
26RM

U allocation converted to RM.

27.01.65
U
43RM
32RM
15RM
 
X
--
9RM
23RM

Sunday Kew to Poplar section cut back to Aldgate


10.07.66
U
44RML
29RML
11RML
 
X
--
12RM
20RM

U allocation changed from RM to RML
28.01.67
U
43RML
27RML
10RML
 
X
--
16RM
20RM

KEW GREEN (Suns) or KENSAL RISE STATION (Saturday meal relief journeys) - LADBROKE GROVE -(Monday-Saturday) - EAST HAM
The Saturday only Kensal Rise journeys were introduced as a result of the Ladbroke Grove canteen closure.

25.10.69
U
43RML
13RML
11RML
 
X
--
17RM/10RT
12RM

ACTON Tram Depot (Suns) or - KENSAL RISE STATION (Saturday meal relief journeys) - LADBROKE GROVE -(Monday-Saturday) - EAST HAM
Suspended between Acton & Kew Green for winter months.

RM108

RM1018 is in Oxford Street and is going to Kensal Rise canteen for a meal break

This image available with the Routemaster download

18.04.70
U
38RML
13RML
12RML
 
X
--
18RM/4RT
12RM

KEW GREEN (Suns) or KENSAL RISE STATION (Saturday meal relief journeys) - LADBROKE GROVE -(Monday-Saturday) - EAST HAM
Route re-instated between Acton & Kew Green for summer months.

27.09.70
U
36RML
13RML
12RML
 
X
--
18RM/4RT
9RM

ACTON Tram Depot (Suns) or - KENSAL RISE STATION (Saturday meal relief journeys) - LADBROKE GROVE -(Monday-Saturday) - EAST HAM
Suspended between Acton & Kew Green for winter months.

17.04.71
U
42RML
13RML
11RML
 
X
--
18RM/4RT
9RM

KEW GREEN (Suns) or KENSAL RISE STATION (Saturday meal relief journeys) - LADBROKE GROVE -(Monday-Saturday) - EAST HAM
Route re-instated between Acton & Kew Green for summer months.

30.11.71
U
42RML
13RML
11RML
 
X
--
20RM/2RT
8RM

ACTON Tram Depot (Suns) or - KENSAL RISE STATION (Saturday meal relief journeys) - LADBROKE GROVE -(Monday-Saturday) - EAST HAM
Suspended between Acton & Kew Green for winter months.

28.05.72
U
43RML
13RML
11RML
 
X
--
21RM/1RT
9RM

KEW GARDENS STATION (Suns) or KENSAL RISE STATION (Saturday meal relief journeys) - LADBROKE GROVE -(Monday-Saturday) - EAST HAM
Route re-instated between Acton & Kew Gardens Station for summer months.

17.06.72
U
43RML
13RML
11RML
 
X
--
22RM
9RM

RT working withdrawn,

30.10.72
U
42RML
13RML
11RML
 
X
--
22RM
8RM

ACTON Tram Depot (Suns) or - KENSAL RISE STATION (Saturday meal relief journeys) - LADBROKE GROVE -(Monday-Saturday) - EAST HAM
Suspended between Acton & Kew Gardens Station for winter months.

21.04.73
U
43RML
13RML
11RML
 
X
--
22RM
9RM

KEW GARDENS STATION (Suns) or KENSAL RISE STATION (Saturday meal relief journeys) - LADBROKE GROVE -(Monday-Saturday) - EAST HAM
Route re-instated between Acton & Kew Gardens Station for summer months.

22.09.73
U
45RML
13RML
11RML
 
X
--
22RM
8RM

ACTON Tram Depot (Suns) or - KENSAL RISE STATION (Saturday meal relief journeys) - LADBROKE GROVE -(Monday-Saturday) - EAST HAM
Suspended between Acton & Kew Gardens Station for winter months.

14.04.74
U
45RML
13RML
11RML
 
X
--
22RM
9RM

KEW GARDENS STATION (Suns) or KENSAL RISE STATION (Saturday meal relief journeys) - LADBROKE GROVE -(Monday-Saturday) - EAST HAM
Route re-instated between Acton & Kew Gardens Station for summer months.

30.09.74
U
45RML
13RML
11RML
 
X
--
22RM
8RM

ACTON Tram Depot (Suns) or - KENSAL RISE STATION (Saturday meal relief journeys) - LADBROKE GROVE -(Monday-Saturday) - EAST HAM
Suspended between Acton & Kew Gardens Station for winter months.

01.03.75
U
45RML
13RML
11RML
 
X
--
22RM
10RM

KEW GARDENS STATION (Suns) or KENSAL RISE STATION (Saturday meal relief journeys) - LADBROKE GROVE -(Monday-Saturday) - EAST HAM
Route re-instated between Acton & Kew Gardens Station for summer months.

18.05.75
U
45RML
13RML
11RML
 
X
--
21RM
10RM

RICHMOND Bus Station - Kew Road - Kew Bridge - Acton - East Acton - Wormwood Scrubs - (Suns) or KENSAL RISE STATION (Saturday meal relief journeys) - LADBROKE GROVE -(Monday-Saturday) - EAST HAM
Sunday re-routed at Kew Road to RICHMOND Bus Station. This extension was all through the year instead of seasonal.


25.04.81
U1+
39RML
10RML
12RML
 
X101+
--
13RM
--

EAST ACTON Goldsmiths Arms (Suns) - LADBROKE GROVE (Monday-Saturday) - EAST HAM White Horse
Sunday withdrawn between East Acton & Richmond - replaced by Sunday introduction of Route 7.

15.08.81
U1+
39RML
10RML
12RML
 
X101+
--
13RM
--


Middle Row Garage closed - allocation transferred to Westbourne Park.

04.09.82
U1+
40RML
19RML
12RML

Westbourne Park (X) allocation withdrawn.


18.05.85
PR
--
4Tc
--
 
U1+
26RML
28RML
19RML

EAST ACTON Goldsmiths Arms (Suns) - LADBROKE GROVE (Monday-Saturday) - EAST HAM White Horse
Diverted between St Pauls and Aldgate via Cannon Street and Tower Of London.
Saturday PR allocation introduced.


02.11.85
U1+
26RML
33RML
20RML

EAST ACTON Goldsmiths Arms (Suns) - LADBROKE GROVE (Monday-Saturday) - EAST HAM White Horse
Saturday PR allocation withdrawn with closure of garage.

06.06.87
U1+
57RML
34RML
21T

LADBROKE GROVE - EAST HAM White Horse via The Tower (Daily) or Bank (Monday-Friday)
Sunday withdrawn between East Acton & Ladbroke Grove and converted to OPO on Sundays.
Part of service diverted via Bank replacing Route 15A


04.03.89
U1+
47RML
34RML
23T
 
X61+
12RML
--
--

Bank journeys renumbered 15B.
X Garage did not operate east of Aldgate.

01.04.89
U1+
47RML
34RML
23T
 
X61+
12RML
--
--
yl logo logo London Buses was divided into 12 business units - in preparation for sell-off
06.10.90
U1+
43RML
29RML
21T
 
X61+
17RML
11RML
--

Saturday X allocation introduced.

23.03.91
U1+
43RML
29RML
21T
 
X61+
17RML
14RML
--

LADBROKE GROVE Sainsbury's - EAST HAM White Horse
Route extended to Sainsbury's


25.05.91
U1+
43RML
29RML
21T
 
X61+
17RML
14RML
--

WESTBOURNE PARK STATION - EAST HAM White Horse
Route extended to Westbourne Park Station - mainly garage journeys.


18.07.92
U1+
24RML
22RML
21S/T

LADBROKE GROVE Sainsbury's (Sundays) - PADDINGTON (Monday-Saturday) - CANNING TOWN (Monday-Saturday except evenings) - -- EAST HAM White Horse (Monday-Saturday evenings)
Converted to OPO evenings using buses ex 15B.
Monday-Saturday withdrawn between Ladbroke Grove & Paddington - replaced by new Route 23 Liverpool Street & Westbourne Park Station.

T582

T582 Trafalgar Square

This image available on the
Titan download

23.05.93
U1+
24RML
22RML
21S/T

PADDINGTON - CANNING TOWN (Monday-Saturday except evenings) - EAST HAM White Horse (Monday-Saturday evenings/Sunday)
Withdrawn between Paddington & Ladbroke Grove.

06.10.94
U1+
24RML
22RML
21S/T
el logo East London acquired by the Stagecoach Group PLC
S50

Scania S50 waits at the Eastbourne Terrace stand to commence a garage journey

 

12.05.99
U1+
24RML
23RML
19TA

OPO element converted to low floor dd.

18.09.99
U1+
24RML
23RML
19TA
EX115 evgs
 
12TA
12TA
--

PADDINGTON - BLACKWALL STATION (except evenings) - EAST HAM White Horse ( evenings)
Withdrawn between Poplar and Canning Town - buses diverting from East India Dock Road via Cotton Street to Blackwall Station DLR.
EXTRACT FROM TLB434 ref above change
The MS early OPo journeys on the 15 were converted to crew operation and the crew operation was also extended later into the evening. In practice - opo buses commence to work westbound after the evening peak while the crew buses return to base eastbound - the last RML leaving Paddington at 2017. All RML journeys whether returning to the garage or not are scheduled to finish at Blackwall - although the evening OPo journeys run to and from East Ham (replacing Route 115 which is daytime only). In practice some RML's are extended to East Ham to cover inadequacies on the 115 and indeed one Mon-Fri pm crew journey runs at 1456 from Aldgate to Canning Town Station to cover heavy school loadings although this arrangement was withdrawn from 02.12.01.


23.03.01
U1+
24RML
23RML
19TA
EX115 evgs
 
12TA
12TA
--
ex N15
BK141+
TA
TA
TA

Barking allocation introduced but only some late evening journeys before commencing duties on the N15.

17756

Trident 17756 at Poplar

This image available on the
Stagecoach  download

 

01.02.03
U1+
24RML
23RML
19TA
EX115 evgs
 
12TA
12TA
--
ex N15
BK141+
TA
TA
TA

PADDINGTON - BLACKWALL STATION ( except evenings) - EAST HAM White Horse ( evenings )
Buses departing Blackwall DLR now run via Bazely Street instead of Cotton Street.

RMC1461

Much photographed RMC1461 is seen in April 2003

This image available with the Routemaster download

30.08.03
BW1+
31TA
29TA
24TA
buses ex N15
BK301+
TA
TA
TA

PADDINGTON - BLACKWALL STATION
Converted to OPO and transferred from U to BW
Withdrawn between Blackwall and East Ham

RML2496

RML2496 seen in The Strand - note the VIA TOWER in the blind description

This image available with the RML download

12.11.05
BW1+
31TA
29TA
24TA
buses ex N15
BK301+
TA
TA
TA

Heritage service introduced between Trafalgar Square and Tower Hill using RM type

13.10.07
BW1+
31TA
32TA
26TA
buses ex N15
BK301+
TA
TA
TA

BLACKWALL DLR STATION - PADDINGTON BASIN
Extended from Paddington to Paddington Basin via Bishops Bridge Road and North Wharf Road. this extension freed up stand space in Eastbourne Terrace for new Route 332

26.06.09
WH161+
31TA
31TA
26TA
buses ex N15
BK301+
TA
TA
TA

Allocation moved from Bow (BW) to West Ham (WH)


28.08.10
WH161+
24TA
24TA
20TA
buses ex N15
BK301+
TA
TA
TA

BLACKWALL DLR STATION - OXFORD CIRCUS Conduit Street
Withdrawn between Regent Street and Paddington Basin - withdrawn section replaced by revised 159

17.09.11
BW1+
23TA
23TA
19TA
buses ex N15
BK301+
TA
TA
TA

As a result of Upton Park closing and a reshuffle the allocation moved to Bow (BW)

12153

12153 AD Enviro at Trafalgar Square

This image available on the
Stagecoach  download

25.05.13
BW1+
22EH
21EH
17EH
buses ex N15
BK301+
TA
TA
TA

BLACKWALL DLR STATION - TRAFALGAR SQUARE
Withdrawn between Trafalgar Square and Regent Street

2014 map
Extracted from 2014 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
28.02.15
BW1+
24LT
24LT
19LT
buses ex N15
BK301+
TA
TA
TA

Converted to LT type

LT414

LT414 Blackwall stand

Photo by kind permission of © Bernard Fahey

29.08.15
BW1+
23LT
23LT
19LT
buses ex N15
BK301+
TA
TA
TA

Contract extended for two years

Operating Garages

X Middle Row
Changeover points were:
LADBROKE GROVE Cambridge Gardens (Sundays)
WESTBOURNE GROVE Chepstow Road.
LADBROKE GROVE Eagle
KENSAL RISE STATION (Saturdays)

X Westbourne Park
Changeover point at garage

PR Poplar
Changeover point not known

U Upton Park
Changeover points
EAST HAM White Horse
UPTON PARK Priory Road
ALDGATE Minories Bus Station

BW Bow
Changeover point ALDGATE Minories Bus Station although some duties run light to garage

WH West Ham (Canning Town)
Changeover point  ALDGATE Minories Bus Station
02.01.16 Changeover point chnged to Canning Town Bus Station

AC Willesden
Changeover point not known

G Forest Gate
Changeover point not known Changeover point not known

Current stands and turning points