Route History

 

at 03.10.34
Q
5ST
5ST
--
 
SP
24ST
21ST
15ST
 
TL
15ST
24ST
12ST
 
WG
--
--
8ST
LT LOGO  

TURNPIKE LANE STATION - Green Lanes - Manor House - Newington Green - Hoxton - Old Street Stn - Moorgate - Bank - London Bridge - Borough - Great Dover Street - Bricklayers Arms - Old Kent Road - New Cross - Lewisham - Lee - Eltham - Sidcup - Foots Cray - Birchwood Corner - Swanley - FARNINGHAM Bull

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05.06.35
P
--
--
6ST
 
Q
5ST
5ST
--
 
SP
24LT
23LT
12LT
 
TL
15ST
22ST
27ST
 
WG
--
--
9ST

Sunday Old Kent Road (P) added

11.08.35
Q
5ST
5ST
--
 
SP
24LT
23LT
15LT
 
TL
15ST
22ST
27ST
 
WG
--
--
9ST

Sunday only Old Kent Road (P) withdrawn

11.09.35
Q
--
5ST
--
 
SP
25LT
23LT
6LT
 
TL
15ST
22ST
27ST
 
WG
--
--
9ST

Mon-Fri Camberwell (Q) withdrawn

02.10.35
P
--
5ST
--
 
SP
25LT
23LT
6LT
 
TL
15ST
22ST
27ST
 
WG
--
--
9ST

Saturday only Camberwell (Q) allocation moved to Old Kent Road (P)

29.04.36
P
--
5ST
--
 
SP
21LT
18ST
21LT
20ST
9LT
 
TL
--
--
20ST
 
WG
--
4ST
14ST

Mon-Sat Catford (TL) withdrawn - Sidcup (SP) increased to compensate
Saturday West Green (WG) added

09.12.36
P
--
5ST
--
 
SP
39LT
44LT
16LT
 
TL
--
--
15STL
 
WG
3ST
4ST
11ST

Mon-Fri West Green (WG) added

08.09.37
P
--
5ST
--
 
SP
39LT
44LT
21LT
 
TL
--
--
22STL
 
WG
--
4ST
22ST

Mon-Fri West Green (WG) withdrawn

06.10.37
SP
43LT
44LT
15LT
 
TL
--
--
21STL
 
WG
--
4ST
21ST

Saturday only Old Kent Road (P) withdrawn

22.11.39
SP
17LT
17LT
11LT
 
WG
14LT
14LT
11LT

TURNPIKE LANE STN ( except evenings ) - WELL HALL STATION ( evenings ) - FARNINGHAM
Withdrawn evenings between Eltham and Turnpike Lane
Mon-Fri West Green (WG) reintroduced
Sunday only Catford (TL) withdrawn

03.01.40
P
--
8LT
--
 
SP
19LT
20LT
11LT
 
TL
8ST
--
--
 
WG
14LT
14LT
11LT

Mon-Fri Catford (TL) reintroduced
Saturday Old Kent Road (P) reintroduced

20.03.40
P
--
8LT
--
 
SP
19LT
20LT
7LT
 
TL
8ST
--
8STL
 
WG
14LT
14LT
14LT

TURNPIKE LANE STN ( Mon-Sat except evenings / Sunday ) - WELL HALL STATION (Mon-Sat evenings ) - FARNINGHAM
Sunday evening service reinstated between Eltham and Turnpike Lane
Sunday Catford (TL) allocation introduced

15.05.40
P
8LT+
15LT
--
    2LT/53A    
 
SP
22LT
20LT
7LT
 
TL
--
--
8STL
 
WG
12LT
12LT
14LT

TURNPIKE LANE STATION - FARNINGHAM
Mon-Sat evening service reinstated between Eltham and Turnpike Lane
Mon-Fri Catford (TL) allocation replaced by Old Kent Road (P)

07.11.40
P
8LT
14LT
7LT
 
SP
14LT
7PROV
19LT
9LT
Express
SP
12LT
5LT/
7PROV
--
 
WG
11LT
12LT
9LT

TURNPIKE LANE STATION - FARNINGHAM
Express section introduced using provincial buses between Well Hall and London Bridge Mon-Sat peaks
Sunday Old Kent Road (P) allocation introduced

20.11.40
P
8LT
14LT
7LT
 
SP
14LT
7PROV
19LT
9LT
Express
SP
12LT
5LT/
7PROV
--
 
WG
11LT
12LT
9LT

TURNPIKE LANE STN ( except evenings ) - WELL HALL STATION ( evenings ) - FARNINGHAM
Withdrawn evenings between Eltham and Turnpike Lane

19.03.41
P
8LT
14LT
7LT
 
SP
14LT
7PROV
19LT
9LT
 
WG
11LT
12LT
9LT

TURNPIKE LANE STN ( except evenings ) - WELL HALL STATION ( evenings ) - FARNINGHAM
Express service withdrawn

02.04.41
P
9LT
14LT
7LT
 
SP
23LT
6ST
17LT
6ST
14LT
Mon-Sat SP allocation joint with 21A
 
WG
11LT
12LT
7LT

Mon-Sat SP allocation now joint with 21A

14.05.41
P
9LT
14LT
7LT
 
SP
23LT
6ST
17LT
6ST
14LT
Mon-Sat SP allocation joint with 21A
 
WG
11LT
12LT
7LT

TURNPIKE LANE STATION - FARNINGHAM
Evening service reinstated between Eltham and Turnpike Lane

29.10.41
P
13LT
16LT
7LT
 
SP
26LT
22LT
9LT
Mon-Sat SP allocation joint with 21A
 
WG
8LT
9LT
7LT

TURNPIKE LANE STN ( except evenings ) - WELL HALL STATION ( evenings ) - FARNINGHAM
Withdrawn evenings between Eltham and Turnpike Lane

25.03.42
P
11LT+
16LT
8LT
    1LT/53A    
 
SP
26LT
22LT
13LT
Mon-Sat SP allocation joint with 21A
 
WG
8LT
9LT
6LT

TURNPIKE LANE STN ( Mon-Sat except evenings / Sunday ) - WELL HALL STATION (Mon-Sat evenings ) - FARNINGHAM
Sunday evening service reinstated between Eltham and Turnpike Lane

22.04.42
P
14LT
18LT
8LT
 
SP
16LT
24LT
13LT
Mon-Sat SP allocation joint with 21A
 
WG
--
--
6LT

TURNPIKE LANE STN (Sunday ) -FINSBURY SQUARE (Mon-Sat ) - FARNINGHAM
Mon-Sat withdrawn between Finsbury Square and Turnpike Lane
Mon-Sat West Green (WG) withdrawn

28.10.42
P
15LT
18LT
5LT
 
SP
25LT
24LT
10LT
Mon-Sat SP allocation joint with 21A

MOORGATE Finsbury Square ( Mon-Sat ) - LEWISHAM ( Sunday except evenings ) - WELL HALL STATION ( Sun evgs ) - FARNINGHAM
Sunday withdrawn between Lewisham and Turnpike Lane and further withdrawn between Well Hall and Lewisham Sunday evgs
Sunday only West Green (WG) withdrawn

21.04.43
P
17LT
18LT
5LT
 
SP
21LT
24LT
10LT
Mon-Sat SP allocation joint with 21A

FINSBURY SQUARE (Mon-Sat ) -LEWISHAM (Sunday) - FARNINGHAM
Sunday evenings reinstated between Eltham and Lewisham

27.10.43
P
13LT
14LT
--
 
SP
21LT
19LT
11LT
Mon-Sat SP allocation joint with 21A

FINSBURY SQUARE (Mon-Sat ) -WELL HALL STATION (Sunday) - SIDCUP GARAGE ( Sun am ) - FARNINGHAM ( Mon-Sat / Sun pm )
Sunday withdrawn between Eltham and Lewisham and also withdrawn Sun am between Sidcup Garage ad Farningham
Sunday Old Kent Road (P) withdrawn

15.07.45
P
18LT
17LT
--
 
SP
17LT
17LT
11LT
Mon-Sat SP allocation joint with 21A

FINSBURY SQUARE (Mon-Sat ) -WELL HALL STATION (Sunday) - FARNINGHAM
Sunday reinstated Sun am between Sidcup Garage and Farningham

13.04.49
P
18RT
17RT
--
 
SP
7RTL
17RTL
16RTL

RT and RTL type introduced

06.07.52
NX(PM)
--
8RT
16RT
 
P
18RT
19RT
--
 
SP
9RTL
9RTL
14RTL

TRAM REPLACEMENT PROGRAM
MOORGATE - LONDON BRIDGE
(Suns) - FARNINGHAM Bull
Sunday Route extended from Eltham to London Bridge
New Cross allocation introduced at weekends although buses were stabled at Peckham.

22.10.52
NX(PM)
--
8RT
--
 
P
18RT
19RT
10RT
 
SP
9RTL
9RTL
9RTL

Sunday New Cross allocation transferred to Old Kent Road (P)

06.05.53
NX
--
8RT
--
 
P
18RT
19RT
10RT
 
SP
9RTL
9RTL
14RTL

New Cross buses now stabled at home.

04.05.55
NX
--
8RT
--
 
P
18RT
19RT
12RT
 
SP
9RT
9RT
17RT

RTL type replaced by RT at Sidcup Garage (SP)

RT3013

Journeys were extended from Farningham to Brands Hatch on race days only - RT3013 is a rare shot of one such journey

This image available with the
Nostalgia download

27.06.56
NX
17RT
25RT
16RT
 
SP
9RT
11RT
14RT

Old Kent Road (P) allocation withdrawn in favour of increased New Cross (NX).

17.10.56
NX
17RT
23RT
10RT
 
SP
6RT
9RT
9RT

MOORGATE (Mon-Sat) - LONDON BRIDGE (Suns) - SIDCUP GARAGE (Mon-Sat) - FARNINGHAM Bull (Suns)
Mon-Sat withdrawn between Sidcup and Farningham - replaced by 21A.

21 times
Scanned from April 1958 Red Book - the complete book is available from the Sales List

10.10.62
NX
17RT
13RT
--
 
SP
8RT
17RT
15RT

MOORGATE (Mon-Sat) - LONDON BRIDGE (Suns) - SIDCUP GARAGE (Mon-Fri) - FARNINGHAM Bull (Sat/Sun)
Sat re-introduced between Sidcup and Farningham
Sunday New Cross allocation withdrawn.

RT3479

RT3479 at the Finsbury Square stand waiting for a journey deep into the SE suburbs - a journey only possible now with a change at New Cross

This image available with the
Nostalgia download

18.11.64
NX
20RT
11RT
--
 
SP
8RT
15RT
15RT

MOORGATE (Mon-Sat am) - LONDON BRIDGE (Sat pm/Suns) - SIDCUP GARAGE (Mon-Fri) - FARNINGHAM Bull (Sat/Sun)
Sat pm withdrawn between London Bridge and Moorgate.

15.06.68
NX
22RT
15RT
--
 
SP
15RT
13RT
8RT

MOORGATE (Mon-Sat am) - LONDON BRIDGE (Sat pm/Suns) - SIDCUP GARAGE
Withdrawn between Sidcup and Farningham.

30.01.71
NX
17RT
7RT
--
 
SP
16RT
8RT
6RT

MOORGATE (Mon-Fri) - LONDON BRIDGE (Sats) - NEW CROSS GARAGE (Suns) - SIDCUP GARAGE
Sat withdrawn between London Bridge and Moorgate and Sunday withdrawn between New Cross and London Bridge.

01.03.75
NX
18RM
10RM
--
 
SP
13RM
6RM
6RM

Routemaster operation introduced.

RM486

RM486 seen on London Bridge

This image available with Routemaster family downloadat the Bus Photos page

28.10.78
NX201+
12RM
6RM
--
 
SP51+
19RM
10RM
6RM

MOORGATE (Mon-Sat) - NEW CROSS GARAGE (Suns) - SIDCUP GARAGE
Sat re-introduced between London Bridge and Moorgate.

27.09.80
NX201+
12RM
6RM
--
 
SP51+
19RM
10RM
8RM

MOORGATE (Mon-Sat) - LONDON BRIDGE (Suns) - SIDCUP GARAGE
Suns extended from New Cross to London Bridge.

04.09.82
NX201+
5RM
--
--
 
SP51+
24RM
13RM
8RM

Part Mon-Fri and all Sat New Cross allocation transferred to Sidcup Garage.

04.02.84
NX201+
5RM
--
--
 
SP51+
24RM
13RM
8RM

MOORGATE (Mon-Sat) - LONDON BRIDGE (Suns) - SIDCUP GARAGE - SWANLEY GARAGE  (Mon-Fri early am journeys)
Mon-Fri journeys projected from Sidcup to Swanley


03.06.84
NX201+
5RM
--
--
 
SP51+
24RM
13RM
8Tc

Sunday converted to Titan crew operation.

27.04.85
NX201+
9RM
--
--
 
SP51+
16RM
14RM
8Tc

MOORGATE (Mon-Fri) - LONDON BRIDGE (Sat/Sun) - SIDCUP GARAGE - SWANLEY GARAGE  ( Mon-Fri am journeys from Swanley only )
Sat withdrawn between Moorgate and London Bridge.
Sun converted to Titan crew operation.

01.02.86
NX201+
11T
7T
--
 
SP51+
16T
11T
13T

MOORGATE (Mon-Fri) - LONDON BRIDGE (Sat/Sun) - SIDCUP GARAGE - SWANLEY GARAGE  ( Mon-Fri am journeys from Swanley only )
Converted to One Person Operation.

21 leaflet
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16.01..88
NX201+
23L/T
15L/T
7L/T

MOORGATE (Mon-Fri) - LONDON BRIDGE (Sat/Sun) - FOOTS CRAY - SWANLEY GARAGE  (Mon-Fri am journey)
Sidcup garage closure - all buses now allocated at New Cross.

23.07.88
NX201+
23L/T
15L/T
7L/T

MOORGATE (Mon-Fri) - LONDON BRIDGE (Sat/Sun) - FOOTS CRAY - FOOTS CRAY Tesco (Sat shopping hours) - SWANLEY GARAGE  (Mon-Fri am journey)
Sat shopping hours extended from Foots Cray to Sidcup Tesco

08.08.88
NX201+
23L/T
15L/T
7L/T

MOORGATE (Mon-Fri) - LONDON BRIDGE (Sat/Sun) - FOOTS CRAY - FOOTS CRAY Tesco(Mon-Sat shopping hours) - SWANLEY GARAGE  (Mon-Fri am journey)
Mon-Fri shopping hours extended from Foots Cray to Sidcup Tesco

T923

T923 ELTHAM HIGH STREET almost opposite Foots Cray Road

This image available with the
Titan download

19.01.89
NX191+
23L/T
15L/T
7L/T

MOORGATE (Mon-Fri) - LONDON BRIDGE (Sat/Sun) - FOOTS CRAY - FOOTS CRAY Tesco(Mon-Sat shopping hours) - SWANLEY GARAGE (Mon-Fri am journey) - WEST KINGSDOWN (Mon-Fri am journey towards Moorgate)
Mon-Fri West Kingsdown journey introduced. 

01.04.89
NX201+
23L/T
15L/T
7L/T
LC LOGO London Buses was divided into 12 business units - in preparation for sell-off

18.07.92
NX191+
24L/T
15L/T
7L/T

MOORGATE (Mon-Fri) - LONDON BRIDGE (Sat/Sun) - FOOTS CRAY - FOOTS CRAY Tesco (Daily shopping hours) - SWANLEY GARAGE (Mon-Fri am journeys) - WEST KINGSDOWN (Mon-Fri am journey towards Moorgate)
Sunday shopping Route introduced to SIDCUP Tesco

L29

A  smart L29 at Eltham High Street - the flats in Southend Crescent can be seen in the background

This image available on the
Leyland Olympian download

02.01.93
NX191+
24L/T
15L/T
7L/T

MOORGATE (Mon-Fri) - LONDON BRIDGE (Sat/Sun) - AVERY HILL Crown Woods School (SDO journey) - FOOTS CRAY - FOOTS CRAY Tesco(Daily shopping hours) - SWANLEY GARAGE (Mon-Fri am journeys) - WEST KINGSDOWN (Mon-Fri am journey towards Moorgate)
Avery Hill SDO journey added.

22.09.94
NX191+
24L/T
15L/T
7L/T
logo London Central purchased by Go-Ahead

08.11.97
NX191+
14dd
8dd
7dd

LEWISHAM Riverdale Centre - LONDON BRIDGE STATION (Sat/Sun) - FINSBURY SQUARE (Mon-Fri)
Withdrawn between Lewisham and Swanley/West Kingsdown. Withdrawn section covered by new low floor single deck Route 321.

21 map
27.02.98
NX191+
14NV
8NV
7NV

Converted to all NV

12.10.02
NX191+
17NV
15NV
10NV

LEWISHAM Riverdale Centre -FINSBURY SQUARE
Saturday and Sunday extended from London Bridge to Moorgate

NV75

NV58 was one of the buses painted gold to celebrate the Queens Jubilee - seen here at Finsbury Square

This image available with the GO-AHEAD London download

 

22.02.03
NX191+
17PVL
15PVL
10PVL

Fully converted to low floor operation

PVL183

PVL183 one of a group nicknamed the Letter Box PVL because of the blind aperture

Location unknown

This image available with the GO-AHEAD London download

 

14.01.06
NX191+
20PVL
18PVL
12PVL

LEWISHAM Riverdale Centre - NEWINGTON GREEN
Extended via Route 141 from Moorgate to Newington Green.

PVL208

PVL208 waits to leave the Baring Street stop in Hoxton

This image available with the GO-AHEAD London download

August 2008
NX191+
21PVL
18PVL
12PVL
go ahead Go-Ahead's London bus operations all adopted the Go-Ahead London trading name - although the individual company names are still applied beneath the logo.
10.10.09
NX191+
25WVL
22WVL
12WVL

Contract renewal

WVL294

WVL294 London Bridge

This image available with the GO-AHEAD London download

11.10.14
NX191+
26WVL
22WVL
12WVL

Contract extended for two years

08.10.16
NX191+
27WVL
24WVL
13WVL

LEWISHAM Centre - NEWINGTON GREEN
Contract renewal

05.12.16
NX191+
27LT
24LT
13LT

Start of gradual conversion to LT type

LT853

LT853 London Bridge

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Operating Garages

NX New Cross
Changeover point outside garage.

SP Sidcup
Changeover point at garage

P Old Kent Road
Changeover point at garage

 

Dartford tt Sidcup tt

The full timetable for Jan 1950 is shown - to purchase click below

 

The full timetable can be found in this 1949 booklet available for sale